Son whips in the free kick, it takes a touch onto Richarlison, who gets a soft shot away, on target, but the England keeper gets a hand to it and keeps it out. Spurs timed that perfectly there, flag stayed down, but surely would’ve been a VAR check had that gone in.
Spurs are pinned into their own half, but they look disciplined and Arsenal can’t find a way through. This is the game plan that Conte was going into today with.
Son caught in the back by Saliba. It’s a high press from Arsenal today – exactly what was expected. Spurs are happy to sit back for now, but the Gunners will want a goal for their dominance.
Perisic tries a dribble down the left flank, but he’s dispossessed by White. It’s the first north London derby for the Croatian veteran who has played in his fair share of Milan derbies. This will be a new type of derby test for the 33-year-old today.
The big question over Arsenal’s team selection for this derby was whether Mikel Arteta would choose Oleksander Zinchenko or Kieran Tierney for the left-back position.
Zinchenko is better-suited to a team that wants to keep possession, and will drift into midfield for long spells today. Tierney, on the other hand, is the better defender in one-versus-one situations.
For Arteta to pick Zinchenko is an indication of how he wants to approach this game, as he is effectively doubling down on the expansive style that Arsenal have pursued this season. Tierney would have been a more cautious option.
Kulusevski came back from international duty with an injury. Nothing serious, but it’s a problem with his muscle. We have to wait to have another MRI to understand the problem.
Jesus and Richarlison are competing for a place in the Brazil national team and both players will hope to demonstrate their quality in their first north London derby at their new clubs. They certainly have the combative styles required for a match of this emotional magnitude and they will not shy away from heavy challenges.
This north London derby feels different with both sides hoping to maintain proper title challenges. Read Sam Dean’s article analysing whether Arsenal or Tottenham have got the staying power for a Premier League title challenge?
Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of the north London derby at the Emirates, a top of the table clash with just one point separating Arsenal in first and Tottenham in third.
The Premier League reopens for business after a two-week international break, and we’ll have eight rounds of matches between now and the start of the World Cup in Qatar which runs from November 20–December 18.
Antonio Conte’s side are already struggling with injuries with key regulars such as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, winger Dejan Kulusevski and defender Ben Davies doubts for today.
Tottenham are unbeaten this season, with five wins and two draws, their equal best start in the Premier League, but they’ve only won once at Arsenal in their last 29 league visits.
If Arsenal win today, they will preserve top spot after eight games. Any other result means Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City can climb to the summit with a win in the Manchester derby tomorrow.
Emile Smith Rowe will be sidelined for this entire period which condenses a quarter of a normal season into 10 per cent of the available calendar after undergoing surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his groin.
The Croydon-born midfielder has lost his starting place to Gabriel Martinelli this season, but would surely be getting more of a look-in over the next few weeks if he remained fit.
“We needed to draw a line so we made that decision and he was the first one demanding that he wanted to make the decision and we supported that, and we have to prepare him to get back stronger than he was.”
The visitors today handed Arsenal a devastating 3-0 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in May, a crucial moment in the battle for Champions League football.
Son Heung-min, the South Korean star, was on the scoresheet that afternoon as he advanced in his quest for the Premier League Golden Boot – which he ended up sharing with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool.
He has struggled for form this campaign, but being benched against Leicester two weeks ago appeared to kick-start his season as he underlined his lethality by coming off the bench to score a hat-trick in 14 second-half minutes.