Arsène Wenger believes the Gunners are still the bigger of the two clubs, but with his side lying sixth and Spurs in third, regardless of their success over the past 20 years, it’s becoming more difficult to back-up his words with results on the pitch.
The Gunners have won four out of their last six league games, but that run also includes a defeat to Watford and the 3-1 loss to Manchester City last time out.
The draw against Chelsea is the only point they’ve picked up when playing another top-six side this season, which makes Saturday’s result so important.
Spurs, though, haven’t won at the Emirates since 2010 and Arsenal need to make sure that run continues.
On Thursday, Wenger confirmed Oliver Giroud would miss the derby due to a thigh strain, but should be able to train as early as Monday.
With Laurent Koscielny declared fit after missing France’s friendly against Germany, Mustafi would be ideal man to line-up beside the Frenchman, if he isn’t deemed too much of a risk after several weeks on the sidelines.
Alex Iwobi is a doubt after his journey back from international duty took him from Russia to Nigeria, then Nigeria to London. He only returned on Thursday and the young forward will be another late decision.
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