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Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Tottenham

30 August 2013 19:27

Tottenham are out to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they travel to north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

Penalties from Roberto Soldado gave Andre Villas-Boas' men victories over both Crystal Palace and Swansea in their opening two games of the Premier League campaign.

But their recent record at the Emirates Stadium is far from impressive, with Arsenal strolling to emphatic 5-2 wins in their last two home league outings against their neighbours.

Arsenal bounced back well after losing their first match of the new campaign at home to Aston Villa with a victory at Fulham, and will be buoyed by their UEFA Champions League play-off win over Fenerbahce.

Manager Arsene Wenger has attracted criticism from some sections of the Arsenal support due to the fact he has recruited just two players in the transfer window - young striker Yaya Sanogo and experienced midfielder Mathieu Flamini, who re-signed for the club after leaving for Milan in 2008.

By contrast, Tottenham have been far more active in the market, breaking their club transfer record three times since the end of last season with the purchases of Paulinho, Soldado and Erik Lamela.

However, Wenger is unconcerned by their rivals' business, and insisted he is solely focused on the upcoming game.

"I must confess I am not too much worried about their risk and what they do," the Frenchman said.

"I believe you win games when you focus on yourself and the quality of our game.

"The only thing that counts in football is what happens on the pitch.

"When you see our team play, I think that is the most important: what happens on the pitch. We have a way to play, we have good players and let's focus on that."

Arsenal head into the game with a host of injuries, as midfielders Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (groin) are both doubts, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Thomas Vermaelen (back), Mikel Arteta (thigh) and Lukas Podolski (hamstring) all miss out.

Tottenham will be without Gareth Bale, whose move to Real Madrid is expected to be completed imminently, and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) and Aaron Lennon (ankle) are also unavailable for Villas-Boas.

However, despite a number of absentees on both sides, goals are to be expected, as the north London derby has delivered 124 goals in Premier League history - more than any other fixture.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
1 September 2013
Game week
3
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Emirates Stadium (London)
Attendance
60071

Goals

O. Giroud 23'
(assist by T. Walcott) 
1 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
20 55'
17
3
21
22
44
58
# Player Bookings
18 81'
30
33
14
16
22
24

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
3 2 +4 6
4 2 +2 6
5 2 +1 4
6 2 +1 4
7 2 +1 4

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