After a bright start that brought three successive 1-0 wins, Tottenham have lost their last two games 3-0 at Crystal Palace and against Chelsea to slip away from the early Premier League pace-setters and put a degree of pressure on Nuno Espirito Santo.
In contrast, Arsenal have shown signs of solidity and development in securing back-to-back wins over two of the league’s current bottom-feeders after a torrid opening to the season.
Mikel Arteta’s side may only have scored twice in five games but each was enough to secure a vital three points against Norwich and then Burnley.
With both sides still figuring out how they will structure their sides for another tilt at European football at this early stage, this clash of rivals arrives at a curious time.
Neither side is in particularly fluent form but if ever there was an occasion to spark turgid attacks to life then this might be it.
Where to watch Arsenal vs Tottenham
TV channel: Sunday’s match will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage beginning at 4pm BST ahead of a 4.30pm kick-off.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can watch the game live via Sky Go.
Live coverage: Standard Sport will bring you all the match action, analysis and reaction in our live blog.
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