London could come to a standstill on Sunday as Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspurs in 1 of the most highly anticipated derbies in recent times.
There’s always something special about a derby.
It seems to mean more to supporters and some players as well.
After all, bragging rights are especially important when rival supporters live in the same city.
This season’s derby between Arsenal and Tottenham offers something new as it’s the first time in 20 years that Arsenal are playing the match without Arsene Wenger at the helm.
With this in mind, Briefly.co.za considers 4 factors which could influence Sunday’s result.
4. Will Arsenal play 3 at the back?
Unai Emery opted for a 3-man defence for their last encounter with Mustafi, Holding and Sokratis.
Spurs love attacking centrally through Kane and Eriksen so this could serve up an interesting battle.
In fact, Spurs' pitch map of the attacks show a relatively even distribution whereas most other teams attack more down the flanks.
The back 3 could therefore give Arsenal the edge as it could blunt the centralised attacks of Spurs, while also freeing up the pace of Bellerin going forward.
3. Will Juan Foyth start or be dropped for Vertonghen?
Foyth enjoyed a stellar performance against Chelsea last weekend.
The Argentine defender has youth and pace on his side but the experience of Vertonghen is essential for crunch games.
Vertonghen has recently returned from injury but played against Inter in midweek.
Pochettino has rotated much more this season than in previous ones, which could mean a return to the starting line-up for Foyth.
2. Who will play the double pivot?
Unai Emery is fond of having a double pivot in his setup.
Although Arsenal have been playing many games with the 2 holding midfielders, their play has been breath-taking to watch.
The tough call is which 2 midfielders will get the call to do double duty.
Torreira is almost a certain starter.
Emery loves his dogged determination and endless energy.
Then it’s a tight call between Xhaka and Guendouzi.
Xhaka offers delicate through balls and a long range shot but is prone to errors.
Guendouzi could just edge it if potential suspensions is a consideration as Xhaka is 1 yellow card away from serving one.
1. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's goals
Aubameyang has been on fire this season and is the joint top scorer.
His partnership with Lacazette has been a thing of beauty and his clinical edge could be the difference.
Spurs don’t often park the bus and play a possession-based game.
The Gabonese striker’s lightning pace could be crucial on the counter for Arsenal.
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