Arsenal face Spurs in fierce clash today
London: Arsenal and Tottenham's rivalry is always a fierce one, between players and fans alike. This year, however, the fixture takes on an added dimension as Spurs have genuine ambitions of winning the title and casting a shadow over their near neighbours.
Three points are at stake when these two London teams clash but in reality, it's about so much more. Bragging rights in the capital are up for grabs and this fixture never really disappoints the watching world. There have been 4-4 draws, 5-3 wins and countless red cards and controversies when the Gunners and The Lilywhites squared up in the past.
The latest edition of this rivalry puts on show a blend of cosmopolitan European talents and homegrown young English stars. Arsenal contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil, are players of pedigree, and Tottenham's focus on developing talented youngsters Dele Alli and Harry Kane, is paying dividends, under the watchful eye of talented manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of French duo Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, after both picked up knocks on international duty. Talented young Nigerian starlet Alex Iwobi, is also racing against time to make the matchday squad. Visitors Tottenham, will welcome back key man Jan Vertonghen after a brief injury. His defensive partner Toby Alderweireld is out, but talisman Harry Kane, is fit and raring to go in one of his favourite fixtures, as our stats below will show.