Tottenham and Arsenal meet for the latest instalment of the North London Derby on Thursday and arguably the most significant match between these two great rivals in recent years (7.45pm kick-off, UK time).
With Champions League football on the line, this is a match where three points transcends bragging rights. Mikel Arteta’s men currently occupy that coveted fourth position, some four points ahead of Spurs, and they can confirm a Champions League place with a win over their great rivals on Thursday. But Antonio Conte is a magnet for coming up trumps in the big games and can close the gap to just one point if he masterminds a triumph instead.
Tottenham vs Arsenal betting tips from Squawka Bet
- Harry Kane To Have 2+ Shots On Target From Outside The Box @8/1 with Sky Bet
- Dejan Kulusevski Anytime Assist @11/4 with Paddy Power
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Arsenal team news vs Tottenham: White could return, no Saka concerns
- Ins: Ben White, Bukayo Saka
- Outs: Kieran Tierney, Thomas Partey
Ben White has missed the previous two games against West Ham and Leeds with a hamstring issue, and while his replacement Rob Holding has performed with merit in his absence as Arsenal secured back-to-back wins, Arteta should be able to welcome back the defender for this crucial clash. Bukayo Saka also went off early against Leeds, but Arteta quelled doubts about his availability in his pre-match press conference, confirming the England international is fit.
Eddie Nketiah is likely to lead the line in his end-of-season resurgence, but the 22-year-old is still yet to pen fresh terms with Arsenal and will be a free agent in the summer if a new deal does not materialise. That has led to speculation linking the Gunners with Tammy Abraham, who has enjoyed a stellar scoring campaign with Roma in Serie A. The former Chelsea forward has been touted to return to London, but Jose Mourinho recently poured cold water on that particular rumour.
He told Sky Sports: “I don’t think it’s an easy decision for a young, local player to leave his club, to leave his house, his city, his country, to leave the Premier League – which of course is a competition that, when a player is in it, it’s hard to leave.
“He made that option and I think he made it by trust in me, and I think in this moment, if he wants to go back to England – I don’t think he wants now – but if he wants to go back to England he just needs to click his fingers.
“I’m so happy for him, back to the national team, loved in Rome. I don’t want to say he’s proven everybody wrong, because I think everyone knows that he’s a good player.
“And I think also with [Chris] Smalling and [Fikayo] Tomori showing the English boys that there is life outside the Premier League and in Italy there is a life that makes them even better players than they are.”
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Predicted Arsenal XI vs Tottenham:
- Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Cedric; Xhaka, Elneny; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketiah. (4-2-3-1)