North London Derby

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Lukas Podolski will be a threat up forward for Arsenal against Tottenham. Image courtesy of news.com.au/Claude Paris/AP
It hasn’t been often that Arsene Wenger has come under genuine pressure during his illustrious tenure at Arsenal , but the Frenchman is under some heat with the Gunners winning just four of their first 11 matches in the Premier League.

The future isn’t much brighter at White Hart Lane with Andre Villas Boas starting to come under scrutiny after Spurs’ recent run of outs. Three losses in four outings has Tottenham down to seventh in the EPL, and after a bright start to the season, a place in Europe is a long way away at this stage.

Arsenal should have taken the three points last weekend, but squandered a two-goal lead against Fulham at Emirates Stadium, where Mikael Arteta missed a 94th-minute penalty which would have earnt the win. It came after the Gunners also let slip a lead in the Champions League against Schalke 04. They’re starting well at the moment, though, and it wouldn’t surprise to see them leading at halftime against their north London foes. In saying that, Tottenham is yet to concede a goal away from home in the first half this season.

Spurs allowed a late goal to go down 2-1 against the reigning champion Manchester City last weekend. Coming on the back of a 1-0 loss to Wigan, though, Tottenham really needs to take at least a point away from the Emirates.

These two teams have played out some goalfests in recent history. There have been 35 goals in the past eight encounters, and that includes one 0-all draw, so the over 2.5 goals mark will almost definitely come under threat. The Gunners took the points at home last season with a 5-2 win. 

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