Tottenham vs Arsenal: The line-ups are in
Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Sissoko, Winks, Lo Celso, Moura, Kane, Son.
Subs: Vertonghen, Lamela, Sessegnon, Gazzaniga, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Skipp, Fernandes, Tanganga.
Arsenal: Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Subs: Papastathopoulos, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Cedric, Nelson, Willock, Macey, Saka.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Jose Mourinho is still a world-class manager and could be the right man to end Tottenham’s wait for a trophy, according to Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta.
Spurs currently sit ninth – a point and a place below their neighbours – and did not manage a shot on target as they drew 0-0 at relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Thursday.
Having been sacked by Manchester United last term, Mourinho’s approach is being questioned more than ever, but Arteta believes he remains among the managerial elite.
Asked if Mourinho was still world-class, he replied: “Absolutely.
“They have had some ups and downs, but overall you can clearly see what he wants to bring to the club.
“He manages the energy, the momentum and established a really strong culture in strong football clubs that does it.
“He makes sure that he wins, and he has won in every single club that he has been.
“Obviously the situation, the timing when he arrived, is different than starting a new project right from the summer, but I am sure he will be successful.
“He has always been. He always finds the right way to do it and, it will take him a bit of time, but I am sure he will do it.”
Tottenham vs Arsenal: It’s derby day!
Jose Mourinho says he cannot wish Mikel Arteta success this season despite his affection for the Arsenal boss.
Mourinho comes up against a man who was with him at Barcelona way back in the 1990s in today’s north London derby.
It is a game that will go a long way to deciding who will achieve Europa League qualification, so Mourinho is tempering the niceties.
“I met Mikel when he was a kid in Barcelona. I was there with Mr (Louis) Van Gaal. He was really, really a kid,” Mourinho said.
“When you know this kid at this age, time flies, but in the end you always look at them as the kid you have a great feeling for.
“When he became Pep’s (Guardiola) assistant I started calling him every time I met him ‘Mister’, not Mikel.
“I like him very, very much. I hope everything goes well for him in his career but in this moment he is in a rival club, a club that fights for the same thing we fight – a European position – and I cannot wish him good in this position.”
It’s going to be a good afternoon!
Tottenham vs Arsenal: First things first, here’s the team news
Tottenham will still be missing Dele Alli in the first north London derby at their new stadium.
The England midfielder is suffering from a hamstring injury and will miss out while defenders Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth are also injured.
Arsenal will be without striker Eddie Nketiah after the England Under-21 international was sent off in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester.
He will miss the next three games after an appeal against the decision was unsuccessful.
Mesut Ozil is likely to miss out again, while Pablo Mari, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers are definite absentees.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome along to talkSPORT’s live blog for Tottenham vs Arsenal.
It’s derby day in north London as these two old rivals face off in the Premier League once more.
Neither has had the season they wanted and a win in today’s derby would help boost their disappointing campaigns.
Kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is coming up at 4:30pm so let’s dive right in!