The Emirates Stadium, home to the north London derby between Arsenal and arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, will be in the spotlight in the fourth round of the Premier League, where Liverpool are looking to add a fourth successive win and stay alone.
Arsenal and Tottenham realized they had a lot of work to do to get a real chance to compete for the title, having suffered their first defeat of the season in the last stage with a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool, while their neighbors fell at home to Newcastle 1-0.
Arsenal are hoping for a repeat of their first league clash last season when they scored a dramatic 4-2 win over Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino before Spurs retaliated a few days later by eliminating the Gunners from the quarter-finals of the League Cup by beating them in their stronghold. -zero.
Tottenham will play the derby without resolving the fate of Danish trio Christian Eriksen, Belgians Jan Vertongen and Toby Alderworld before leaving the summer transfer window in other European leagues next Monday, or wait until the end of the season, after the trio refused to sign new contracts .
Vertongen missed the first three games of Tottenham this season, while Eriksen started the Aston Villa (3-1 in the first stage) and Newcastle on the bench.
Pochettino will certainly not be able to keep Eriksen and Vertongen, who are considered one of his best players, out of the squad against a team like Arsenal, especially after losing to a much lesser rival like Newcastle.
In the camp of Unai Emery's team, who worked hard this summer to bring in new players to return to the Champions League, things look more positive than Spears based on what the «Gunners» in the first two games in particular (beat Newcastle away 1-0 and Burnley 2-1 thanks to two goals by Gabon (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang).
Emery, of course, hopes to repeat his first derby scenario when his team won 4-2 in December 2018, but stressed that “I want to talk about every game as if it were different. We remember last year's derby and the pros we came up with, and even some things that were less positive. Most importantly, I want to write new memories. "It's another game for us."
Liverpool are looking for a fourth successive victory and will be motivated to enter the European 2020 World Cup qualifiers and are top of the standings after Jurgen Klopp's men won their first three matches.
The Reds are on Burnley's picnic for the Red team, except that they have struggled a bit in defense since the start of the season as they have been unable to keep a clean sheet in their five matches so far in all competitions. .
However, the Reds are expected to return from Burnley with a fifth successive win over the latter, like Man City, who face Brighton against six straight victories in all competitions.
At St Marys, Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be in an awkward position when Manchester United travel to Southampton because any further stumbling will complicate his mission before the first month of the new season ends. In other high-profile matches, Chelsea are playing against Sheffield United, and Lampard are hoping for their second win.
- Arsenal hopes to repeat
The last while won
4-2 on Spurs