Unai Emery has experienced many derbies throughout his career, but can't hide his excitement about experiencing the best that north London has to offer.
Arsenal v Tottenham is a fixture that positively leaps off the fixture list, no matter what your background or your allegiance. The proximity of the two clubs only adds to the unique frisson of the occasion, while the proximity of the clubs in the table underlines the importance of this particular game.
Emery admits he has spoken to Steve Bould to gain a further insight into the nature of the rivalry, but he knows all about his opposite number, Mauricio Pochettino, having faced off against him in Spain.
Our head coach knows all about Tottenham's strengths, all about the form and all about the threat they will pose. But after an 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions, he will be confident that we possess more than enough threat of our own to win this latest local dust-up.
It promises to be a typically edge-of-the-seat affair. Read on for a comprehensive match preview, Emery's thoughts on the game, the latest team news, stats, and analysis of the opposition.
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