Michael Owen has offered his prediction ahead of tomorrow’s North London derby at the Emirates.
Tottenham make the short trip for the first clash of the new season against their bitter rivals with both sides having experienced an indifferent start to the campaign.
While Arsenal were all at sea before the international break, Tottenham have certainly been by far the worse of the two sides following the resumption of the Premier League fixture calendar.
Spurs made a one hundred percent start to the campaign but successive 3-0 losses against Crystal Palace and Chelsea have poured cold water on any optimism.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last two league outings, following 1-0 wins over Norwich and Burnley.
Spurs hold a three point advantage over their old foes in the table and Nuno Espirito Santo will be looking to double the lead by taking all three points against Mikel Arteta’s side.
Owen believes that it will be Arsenal who will secure the victory tomorrow afternoon, highlighting that their recent good run of form could be the deciding factor.
He told BetVictor: “This should be a thriller as both sides will need the win. Arsenal have shown signs of life in recent weeks with back-to-back wins against Norwich and Burnley. The performances haven’t been extraordinary but Arteta won’t care one bit at the minute as it helps to ease the pressure on him.
“Spurs played well in the first half against Chelsea but faded after the break. Nuno Espirito Santo has got to be concerned with the form recently. Harry Kane has obviously yet to score in the league and the pressure around the Spurs talisman will grow. No player has ever scored more in this fixture though and it would be typical of him to score in this game.
Arsenal have won two in a row; Spurs have lost two in a row. For that reason, I’m going to side with the Gunners here and predict a 2-1 home win.”
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