Bring on the North London Derby.
One of most spirited rivalries in English football will renew on Sunday, as last year's fourth-place finishers, Arsenal, will host last year's fifth-place team, Tottenham. This summer, they have seemed like squads moving in opposite directions, with Tottenham buying players like crazy and Arsenal only adding Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini on free transfers.
This one, as always, promises to be intense. Let's preview this key Premier League clash.
When: Sunday, September 1 at 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. ET BST)
Where: Emirates Stadium, London
Chances: Arsenal (43.5%), draw (25.9%), Tottenham (30.6%) via Bloomberg Sports
While Arsenal battle injuries and have a severe lack of depth at the moment, Spurs have used the Gareth Bale fund to add Erik Lamela, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli and Roberto Soldado. You could hardly begrudge Tottenham supporters for liking their chances in this one.
Still, Arsenal won't just roll over and die. Any time you have players like Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott at your disposal, you've got a pretty good chance. Plus, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey have started out very strong this summer, which should give Gooners some confidence in the club.
And let's not forget the 5-2 beating Arsenal put on Tottenham at the Emirates a season ago.
After again being kept out of the Champions League by Arsenal a season ago, Spurs will have an extra chip on their shoulder in this contest. Expect a rowdy atmosphere and intense game in North London.
On paper, Spurs seem the favorite here. They've made the sexy signings, they have far more squad depth and they have yet to lose this season.
But this is still a very good Arsenal team (albeit a thin one) that is playing at home, with plenty of motivation to quiet the doubters after a quiet summer. The Gunners will come out ready to go.
Look for this game to end in a draw, 1-1.
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