I love the North London Derby – Arteta

Arsenal have the opportunity to prove their Premier League title credentials when they travel to Tottenham this afternoon. The Gunners can capitalise on Manchester City’s defeat to Manchester United yesterday and move eight points clear at the top of the table if they are victorious in the North London derby.

Mikel Arteta’s side are unbeaten in 11 league games, a run that includes wins over Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham. They defeated Spurs 3-1 in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium back in October and will believe they can overcome Antonio Conte’s side once again. However, the Gunners were held to a goalless draw against Newcastle last time out and Spurs may use similar defensive tactics to keep them quiet today.

Tottenham also have a big stake in this game. Victory for them could send Spurs above Newcastle and into the top four depending how the Magpies’ earlier match against Fulham goes. If the North East outfit lose and Tottenham win then Conte’s side will end the weekend in fourth place. But, regardless of the Newcastle result, three points will keep Spurs in the race for the Champions League spots and would keep the title within reach of both Manchester clubs.

Follow all the action from the North London derby as Tottenham host Arsenal:

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Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

84 mins: Chance! It almost came down to the old pairing of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Kane is played down the right side of the pitch and gets into the box before pulling the ball back ot Son.

Son takes a touch and shoots but a slight deflection takes the ball over the crossbar and out for a corner.

Michael Jones15 January 2023 18:13

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Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

81 mins: What can Tottenham muster in these last 10 minutes? Son Heung-min swings a free kick into the middle of the box but Aaron Ramsdale is out quick and punches the ball clear.

Michael Jones15 January 2023 18:11

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Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

78 mins: Danger! Arsenal have another free kick, this one is one the edge of the ‘D’ with Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka both interested in it.

Odegaard jumps over the dead ball in a dummy before Xhaka smokes his shot high and wide.

Kieran Tierney comes on now to replace Gabriel Martinelli.

Michael Jones15 January 2023 18:08

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Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

75 mins: More changes happening for Spurs now. Yves Bissouma and Ivan Perisic are both introduced to replace Pape Sarr and Ryan Sessegnon.

15 minutes to play in this derby and Arsenal are in control. Tottenham have shown signs of a comeback but it’s not materialised yet.

Michael Jones15 January 2023 18:05

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Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

72 mins: Antonio Conte goes to the bench first and brings Richarlison on to replace Matt Doherty. That substitution also means a change in shape with Spurs going to a back four to give them more options up top.

Michael Jones15 January 2023 18:02

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Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

69 mins: Chance! Granit Xhaka goes on a great run through the middle of the pitch and curls the ball into the feet of Eddie Nketiah who’s making his way into the box.

He touches it to the right then blasts a shot at goal that Hugo Lloris charges down!

Michael Jones15 January 2023 18:00

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Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

66 mins: Tottenham are flinging men up the pitch in an attempt to keep Arsenal penned in. It doesn’t work though as Kulusevski loses the ball allowing Partey to whip the ball over to Odegaard.

Spurs only have Romero back to defend but Odegaard can’t get the ball under control and by the time he does he’s swarmed by backtracking white shirts.

Michael Jones15 January 2023 17:58

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Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

63 mins: Arsenal seem to have gotten through that period of dominance from Spurs. The visitors are seeing more of the ball and are trying to slow down play.

Michael Jones15 January 2023 17:54

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Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

60 mins: Lovely play between Kulusevski and Son. They combine on the right with a one-two that plays Kulusevski to the byline.

He crosses the ball to the opposite side of the box where Ryan Sessegnon meets the ball on the volley and smokes it well wide of the target.

Michael Jones15 January 2023 17:50

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Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

57 mins: Close! Arsenal bite back after Granit Xhaka fizzes the ball down the left wing for Gabriel Martinelli. The winger drives into space before cutting the ball back to Eddie Nketiah in the box.

Nketiah weaves away from a defender then curls a shot straight at Hugo Lloris who keeps it out.

Michael Jones15 January 2023 17:48



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