The sixth of December 2020 marked a gloomy day for Arsenal fans as they watched their side fall into the trap of a José Mourinho masterclass at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Heung min Son and Harry Kane struck the Gunners with devastating blows leading their side to a 2-0 victory on the day.
With Spurs currently sitting 7th in the Premier League table and already having beaten their fierce rivals, the bragging rights very much belong to the white side of north London.
The Gunners will hope to spoil the Spurs party as they face off once again at Emirates Stadium this Sunday in the 16:30 kick off.
Memories of North London Derbies for Arsenal fans are filled with fond moments including title winning triumphs at the old White Hart Lane.
Many victories at both Emirates Stadium and Highbury as well as some unbelievable goals. Arsenal have always been dominant over their rivals who have struggled for success domestically.
In recent years however, Tottenham have become noisy neighbours in north London with Spurs having finished above the Gunners in the previous 4 seasons.
Gunners’ fans will however argue that in that time they have seen their side lift two FA cups and two Community shields.
Going into this derby, both sides appear to be picking up form at the right moments with Mourinho’s side finding their feet and star player Gareth Bale hitting white hot form.
Arsenal’s own players have been stepping up recently too with Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney returning from injury to star in Mikel Arteta’s staring XI.
Arsenal have no known injuries going into this derby. Mikel Arteta has his whole squad at his disposal and has prepared his team for this game. Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were substituted in their previous game against Olympiacos to ensure they would be fully fit and fresh to face Tottenham.
Harry Kane experienced a minor injury in Spurs previous midweek game vs Dynamo Zagreb however, Jose Mourinho expects the England captain to be fit and ready to play against Arsenal in the Derby.
Giovani Lo Celso is a doubt for this derby with the Argentine having suffered a fresh blow after experiencing a Hamstring injury.
Leno; Cedric, Gabriel, Luiz, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Aubameyang.
Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguillon, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Son, Sissoko, Bergwijn, Kane.
Ones to watch:
Emile Smith-Rowe could be set to start vs Spurs as the 20-year-old attacking midfielder came off the bench to play an important role in Arsenals win against Olympiacos in midweek.
Being an Academy Graduate, alongside Bukayo Saka, the player knows what the derby means to the fans and what is expected from himself and his teammates throughout the course of the 90 minutes.
Expect high energy runs and dynamic passes from the starlet as well as a “never say die attitude”. Smith rowe and Saka will both be playing in their first senior north London derby at Emirates Stadium and will be expected to give Mourinho’s defence a serious testing.
How to watch:
Due to current restrictions in the Coronavirus pandemic, no fans will be able to attend the game however, the derby will air on Sky Sports Premier League at 16:30 on Sunday.