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Tottenham vs Arsenal match preview and statistics

The North London face-off between Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal football club is one of the most catchy anticipated in weekend's premier league matches.

The 5th-placed Spurs find themselves four points ahead of Arsenal in sixth, with neither side able to afford a slip-up in their pursuit of Champions League football next season.

Ahead of the Wembley showdown, we look at the factors that will determine which of these bitter rivals will come out on top.

CURRENT FORM : Tottenham vs Arsenal

Spurs find themselves on an impressive 11-match unbeaten stretch in all competitions since their 4-1 drubbing at leaders Manchester City back on December 16.

Their five Premier League victories during this sequence have taken them to the coat-tails of Chelsea in the fourth Champions League place.

The 2-0 home win over Manchester United was a superb performance and snatching a late point at Liverpool last weekend - having trailed with just seconds to go - must have felt like a win.

It's also fair to say that Spurs have well and truly put their early season Wembley hoodoo behind them - they haven't lost a home league game since the 2-1 reverse to Chelsea back in August.

Arsenal's form is rather different. While the last few weeks have included hefty wins over Crystal Palace and Everton at home, they continuously come unstuck on the road.

Miserable league losses to Bournemouth and Swansea - plus an FA Cup exit at Championship Nottingham Forest - have left Arsene Wenger's travel-sick team well off the top four pace.

Yet in the midst of all that, they overcame Chelsea to reach the final of the EFL Cup, suggesting a Jekyll and Hyde characteristic.

With just three wins in their last nine outings in all competitions, you just don't know at the moment which Arsenal team are going to show up.

Tottenham: 9/10 Arsenal: 5/10

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BIG-GAME MENTALITY : Tottenham vs Arsenal

There have been moments and matches this season that have suggested Mauricio Pochettino's team are on the verge of greatness - taking four points off Real Madrid in the Champions League group, outclassing Manchester United.

But there have been other big occasions when they have failed to perform - at home to Chelsea, away to Manchester City and United, and, perhaps most pertinently, the 2-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium in the reverse fixture.

That was one of the finest Arsenal performances of recent times, when Wenger's offensive-minded approach of playing Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette together and insisting they press Spurs into submission paid off.

Arsenal were totally dominant that afternoon and that performance offers so much optimism ahead of this weekend.

Unfortunately, it proved a rather isolated event. They have lost comprehensively at Liverpool and Man City this season and have often struggled in big games away from home in recent seasons.

Working in Arsenal's favour, however, is their outstanding recent record at Wembley, which has become something of a second home.

Nine consecutive wins there - three FA Cup finals, three FA Cup semi-finals and three Community Shields - mean they always feel comfortable playing at the national stadium and that certainly bodes well.

Tottenham: 7/10 Arsenal: 7/10

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GOALKEEPER : Tottenham vs Arsenal

Hugo Lloris remains a real Tottenham asset and one of the most highly-regarded goalkeepers in the Premier League.

The Frenchman and Spurs captain has kept 10 clean sheets in the Premier League this season and conceded 23 goals in 24 matches and you rarely see him culpable for conceding a goal.

Wenger said he will decide on Friday whether Petr Cech is fit enough to start against Tottenham after Arsenal's No 1 limped off in the 5-1 win over Everton after taking a kick to his calf.

His presence between the sticks would certainly be a boost given his big-match experience but, as he proved in the defeat to Swansea last week, he is still susceptible to the odd howler.

David Ospina would come in if Cech isn't fully fit but he has only featured in 20 minutes of Premier League football this season.

Tottenham: 9/10 Arsenal: 8/10

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DEFENCE : Tottenham vs Arsenal

Pochettino has been boosted by the return of Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose following injury, but throwing them into the blood and thunder of a north London derby is certainly a different matter to an FA Cup replay with Newport.

Therefore, we could see Ben Davies retain his place following recent good form and Jan Vertonghen partner Davinson Sanchez in the centre and Kieran Trippier on the right.

Whoever starts will anticipate a busy afternoon against a remodelled and very exciting Arsenal attack - they know full well that new boys Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be seeking instant-hero status by scoring in the derby.

The wide men are so crucial to Tottenham's game plan, with Davies a particular weapon with his crossing and set-pieces, that Arsenal are bound to try and box them in.

This proved too difficult for Tottenham to overcome in the game at the Emirates in November, with Davies and Trippier having a very quiet afternoon.

Arsenal are likely to pair Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi in central defence, with Hector Bellerin on the right and Nacho Monreal on the left.

Mustafi and Koscielny showed their vulnerabilities in the loss at Swansea and Spurs will feel there is plenty to exploit if they can stretch the Arsenal defence and use pace and quick movement to unpick the back line.

There remains a sense that Arsenal's defence will crumble when put under intense pressure and Tottenham are certainly well-equipped to exert that.

Tottenham: 8/10 Arsenal: 7/10

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CENTRAL MIDFIELD : Tottenham vs Arsenal

As critical in this game as in any, the scrap in the middle of the park will be fascinating at Wembley.

Pochettino will likely go with Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele as their central pairing, while Arsenal will probably have Aaron Ramsey alongside Granit Xhaka.

Ramsey was in excellent form against Everton, scoring a hat-trick, and Arsenal fans know he could prove just as much a match-decider with a through pass or goal as any of the players ahead of him.

Xhaka will stick to the defensive donkey work and has yet to truly convince - Arsenal will hope he doesn't get swamped by Tottenham's slick build-up.

Dembele looked a shadow of his usual dynamic self in Tottenham's 1-1 draw at Southampton last month but then bossed the midfield in the win over United.

The Belgian certainly has the ability to take a grip on this match, while Dier will hope for better after his terrible back pass teed up Mohamed Salah to score for Liverpool last weekend.

Indeed, the England man does have a habit of being at fault for goals in big games and he has made five defensive errors this season - more than any other outfield player in the league.  

Tottenham: 7/10 Arsenal: 7/10

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ATTACKING MIDFIELD : Tottenham vs Arsenal

Now onto the interesting bit. Tottenham's creative trio will be Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min as always, while the Gunners will likely stick with the Mesut Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi combination so effective against Everton last weekend.

The Spurs three have contributed 28 goals and 21 assists between them in all competitions this season, a mighty impressive return, and when it clicks between these three, they can be devastating against any opponent.

Their intuitive, one-touch play around the penalty area should be more than capable of unlocking Arsenal as they did against United the other day.

Arsenal's next playmaking three is less road-tested but certainly worked well enough last week, albeit against an Everton side that quickly sounded the retreat.

Ozil looks ready to knuckle down again now he has committed his future to the club, while Mkhitaryan looked to have a new lease of life after his United exit plus an instinctive understanding with Aubameyang from their Dortmund days.

Their numbers aren't anywhere near as impressive as their Tottenham equivalents and their understanding isn't yet developed, but Arsenal will hope for that moment of magic to settle the derby.

Tottenham: 8.5/10 Arsenal: 7.5/10

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STRIKER : Tottenham vs Arsenal

There are few better in the world right now than Harry Kane, who has already notched 31 goals in all competitions this season, including 22 in the Premier League.

Three goals in Tottenham's two matches against Liverpool this season suggests a good big game mentality, as does a cracking record of six in seven against Arsenal in recent seasons.

Kane is in marvellous form and you wouldn't bet against him being Tottenham's match-winner on Saturday.

For Arsenal, Aubameyang is likely to keep his place having scored on his debut against Everton last weekend, which spells bad news for Alexandre Lacazette, who will start on the bench.

The £56m January signing from Borussia Dortmund has 22 goals to his credit this season and will be eager to demonstrate he can perform at the very highest level in the Premier League.

A goal or two against Tottenham certainly wouldn't do that ambitions any harm.

Tottenham: 9.5/10 Arsenal: 8.5/10 

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