Arsenal - Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Gunners hoping to bounce back from European disappointment in derby
Will Sanchez get the better of Lloris? (photo: VAVEL)

Arsenal's Premier League form of late has been exceptional, but they go into this weekend's North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur off the back of a thumping defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich

For Arsene Wenger's team there is no better invitation than to make up for the midweek's defeat than by beating rivals Spurs on Sunday afternoon. 

The Gunners have already beaten Tottenham this season thanks to a brace from Mathieu Flamini in the League Cup at White Hart Lane. It was a performance that came with a weakened squad and that should give Arsenal confidence going into the game, especially with a host of first team names missing.

Maintaining form and bouncing back

Like last weekend, the Gunners will have to bounce back from a crushing midweek loss. However, other competitions so far haven't been a distraction when it's come to the league. Three Champions League defeats so far have been followed by Premier League wins so Arsene Wenger will be hoping for the same on Sunday afternoon in what has the potential to be a fiery derby. 

Over the past few years it's arguably Arsenal's injuries that have prevented them from going onto greater things. This Gunners' team is full of potential but to prove they're genuine title contenders this season, then a win against Spurs with a host of injuries will only further display their crudentials. 

Arsenal are currently on a five matching winning streak in the league after some very impressive performances. Winning 3-0 away at Swansea City, a fixture which in the past has proved difficult, perhaps displays a new found resilience and confidence within this side. However, whether that confidence will have been dented by the heavy defeat in the week remains to be seen. Adding to this, form almost completely goes out of the window when it comes to derby day.

Overcoming injuries

As mentioned Arsenal's injury crisis is becoming quite a worrying situation. The latest players to have been condemned to the treatment room are Hector Bellerin who missed the game against Bayern and will also miss the Spurs game, and Laurent Koscielny who also remains a doubt. The Frenchman was only fit enough for the bench in the week but Gunners fans will be desperately hoping he's fit after a poor display defensively last time out from Arsenal.

Hector Bellerin has been brilliant at right back for Arsenal and this is a big game for Mathieu Debuchy, especially after his performances against Sheffield Wednesday and indeed Bayern in the week. 

Joel Campbell will be given another opportunity on the right hand flank to impress after opening his account at Swansea last weekend. He was hugely impressive in the 3-0 win and will have to be at his best again on Sunday with the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck all still out through injury. 

As for Spurs they still have the likes of Nacer Chadli and Nabil Bentaleb missing whilst forward Clinton N'Jie could also be out. Full-back Danny Rose may also miss the game but is expected to be fit after picking up a knock in Tottenham's win over Aston Villa

Assessment

Being at home Arsenal will have the advantage before kick-off. The Gunners have enough in attack to score goals, such is the form of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil that they should be able to prove dangerous to the Spurs back-line. It's Arsenal's defence which could be crucial to the way the game pans out though.

With Bellerin and also Koscielny potentially missing the game Gabriel and Debuchy who are likely to keep their places after Bayern, will have to step-up in order to keep a now inform Harry Kane at bay. Stopping Christian Eriksen will also be key to the way the game goes. 

You can expect Arsenal to dominate the game and through Santi Cazorla and Ozil dictating the tempo the Gunners should have enough to carry on their good Premier League form.

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