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Match Day 4
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Monday, September 2nd 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Last five matches form: D W W W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.92
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.34
Top Scorer (18/19): Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (22)

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: L D W D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.76
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.03
Top Scorer (18/19): Harry Kane (17)

The best is saved until last on Match Day 4 in the Premier League, with the final fixture of the weekend seeing Arsenal welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates Stadium, for the first of this seasons big North London derbies.

The sides met twice here at the Emirates last season. Spurs winning 2-0 in the League Cup, but Arsenal putting in one of their most impressive displays of the season when winning 4-2 in the league. The reverse league game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Match Day 3 was a poor one for both of these sides. Arsenal had the misfortune to run into an inspired Liverpool side at Anfield - succumbing 3-1 in the end. Tottenham meanwhile were decidedly off-colour in failing to break down a determined Newcastle United outfit before falling to a surprise 1-0 defeat.

Spur's haven't looked anything like at their best this season, with the spectre of the European transfer window unlikely to be helping matters. They did pick up a point away at Manchester City, but were lucky to do so having been outplayed throughout.

Arsenal have been the more impressive of the sides for our money, and there were some positives to come out of that Liverpool defeat in terms of the attitude of the players and a highly promising display from new boy Nicolas Pépé.

Spurs remain a talented side, but just don't look quite right at present and we see the home side taking the points.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  26 - 13
Shots on target: 8 - 9
Corner Kicks: 11 - 6
Possession: 55% - 45%

Alexandre Lacazette. Sokratis and Granit Xhaka were all booked for the home side, with referee Martin Atkinson also taking the names of Danny Rose, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Harry Winks and Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur.

Another cracking North London derby in what is quickly becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated Premier League fixtures of the season.

Arsenal started the better of the two sides, although Spurs were consistently looking dangerous on the counter. By the 40-minute mark Tottenham would find themselves two to the good, but both goals were certainly avoidable from an Arsenal perspective.

The opener arrived in the tenth minute. A Spurs counter ending with Son Heung-Min slipping in Erik Lamela in the right of the area. Lamela striking early towards the left corner, but Bernd Leno should really still have done better than palm the ball into the path of the arriving Christian Eriksen to slot into the empty net from close range.

Then in the 40th minute Granit Xhaka took leave of his senses when going to ground in the area, for a ball he was never going to win, and bringing down Son. Penalty kick. Harry Kane finishing emphatically into the bottom left.

Arsenal probably needed something before the break if they were to get back into this, and they got it, in the first minute of added on time. Nicolas Pépé receiving the ball towards the left edge of the area and stabbing inside to Lacazette. Excellent first touch to control from the Frenchman, a good second to take it past the defender, and an emphatic third to smash in at the near post from the left corner of the six-yard box. 1-2 at the break.

All out attack from both sides at times in the second half, with Arsenal having the most concerted period of dominance - although they did have a narrow escape when Kane crashed an excellent effort from a tight angle against the upright.

The equaliser duly arrived 19 minutes from time. Matteo Guendouzi having time to look up around thirty yards out on the left and dink an inch perfect ball into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang making a run towards the near post. Excellent finish from the Gabon man too, stabbing home into the left hand side from seven yards or so. 2-2 final score.

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