Key Battles to watch out for in the North London Derby

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In reverse of this fixture, Arsenal handed Tottenham a rare 2-0 derby defeat at the Emirates. Now Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be looking to avenge that defeat and extend the Argentinean’s impressive record against Arsène Wenger. Tottenham are unbeaten in 6 of their last 7 league games against the Gunners. Will this one add to that trend or will Arsenal finally get back into the top 4 race? Let’s see.

Here are three key battles to watch out for in the North London derby.

3Moussa Dembele vs Granit Xhaka

At Wembley, the midfield battle will be key to deciding the outcome of the North London derby. In the past, the midfield has been the driving force for Arsenal’s unprecedented success, but in recent seasons, their midfield has been their biggest weakness.

The arrival of Granit Xhaka has highlighted that weak point as his performances have displayed everything wrong with the Gunners. It’s now imperative that Swiss international stands up to be counted as he’ll be defending against the most finely balanced midfield in the league.

Moussa Dembele is a world class ball carrier that helps relieve his team of pressure in their toughest moments. Dembele may not be the fastest, but the speed at which he dribbles with the ball will make him too quick for Granit Xhaka’s brain to comprehend.

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