Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Tottenham kept their Champions League hopes alive as they put 10-man Arsenal to the sword with a 3-0 victory.

Victory for the Gunners would have booked them a top-four spot, but Antonio Conte’s men never looked like letting that happen on home soil.

Harry Kane continued his love affair with this fixture by scoring twice and partner in crime Heung-min Son added another.

Kane’s brace, which took him to 13 north London derby goals in just 17 games, came in the space of a 15-minute first-half spell in which Arsenal threw the game away.

They conceded a needless penalty in the 22nd minute, which Kane emphatically converted, then Rob Holding picked up a second yellow card before the England captain doubled the lead four minutes later.

Son’s goal, which took him to 21 for the season, came early in the second half and killed the game as the Spurs fans enjoyed their evening.

Despite the chastening night, Champions League football next season is still in Arsenal’s hands as they remain a point above Tottenham with two games left and, if they beat Newcastle and Everton, they will be assured of a return to the top tier of European club competition for the first time since 2017.

Tottenham vs Arsenal latest news

  • GOAL! Son extends lead after break

  • GOAL! Kane gets second from close range

  • RED CARD! Holding shown second yellow card

  • GOAL! Kane puts Spurs in front from the spot

Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 - 0 Arsenal FC

Tottenham with wind in sails

22:26 , Matt Verri

Tottenham remain a point behind Arsenal after a memorable 3-0 win over their rivals, but Antonio Conte’s side will have momentum and belief for the run-in following a London derby which could scarcely have been more comfortable.

To finish above their neighbours, Spurs still have to win their final two games against Burnley and already-relegated Norwich and hope Arsenal slip up against Newcastle or Everton, but their biggest derby win of the Premier League era dealt a hammer blow to Mikel Arteta’s young side.

Read Dan Kilpatrick’s full analysis here

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Arteta: The referee destroyed the game

22:08 , Matt Verri

It’s safe to say Mikel Arteta is not impressed with the performance of the officials tonight.

“If I say what I think I am suspended for six months,” Arteta told Sky Sports.

“So I cannot say. I am allowed to give my interpretation, but I don’t know how to lie and I don’t like lying, so I prefer not to say what I think. I cannot say what I think. I will be suspended. I am not unhappy with my players.

“I am so proud of my players. You can ask the referee to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions. A beautiful game was destroyed today.”

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Son on frustration to be subbed

21:57 , Matt Verri

“It was the gaffer’s decision and I need to accept it. He says we have an important game on Sunday, so that’s why. At the moment I am not angry but disappointed, but I move on.

“I just wanted to keep playing but when I look back we have an important game on Sunday and I have to recover and be fresh.”

Harry Kane’s post-match thoughts

21:52 , Matt Verri

“I’m proud of the boys. There was pressure on us, but we delivered well. We’re delighted to get the win, but there’s two more games to go and we have to focus on them.

“It’s a quick turnaround. We’ve got the bragging rights, but the most important thing is the Champions League, and we’ve put the pressure on them. We play early Sunday, so if we get a result we’ll see what happens.”

21:45 , Matt Verri

So, Tottenham are now just a point behind Arsenal with two games to go.

They face Burnley on Sunday - victory would send them into fourth. Arsenal then face a tricky trip to Newcastle on Monday night, which is now an absolutely massive game.

Momentum with Spurs...

21:39 , Matt Verri

FT: Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal

21:35 , Matt Verri

And that’s full-time... perfect night for Tottenham.

Kane and Son with the goals, Holding with the red card for Arsenal. Spurs move to within a point of the Gunners.

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21:34 , Matt Verri

90 mins: Two minutes added on.

Referee’s book must be running out of room - Xhaka joins the party. Not exactly a shock, is it...

21:31 , Matt Verri

88 mins: Lucas is one of the few still injecting some pace into this match, driving into space whenever he gets the ball. Odegaard the latest player to hack him down, he too goes into the referee’s book.

21:29 , Matt Verri

86 mins: Smith Rowe pulls back Lucas, and that’s an obvious as yellow card as you’ll see.

Four minutes plus stoppage time to go - Arteta will be counting the seconds until he hears the final whistle.

21:27 , Matt Verri

84 mins: Kane will see out the full 90 minutes then - Conte doesn’t want another moody striker on his hands.

Spurs fans continue to be in fine voice. What a dream night it’s been for them.

Dan Kilpatrick at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

21:26 , Matt Verri

It is a measure of Spurs’ comfort that Conte, who is usually so reluctant to use his bench, feels able to bring on Joe Rodon, who makes his first appearance since the FA Cup win over Brighton on February 5.

21:24 , Matt Verri

81 mins: Cross comes in, Sessegnon’s powerful header strikes an arm... Lucas Moura’s arm!

Kane wants a penalty and his hat-trick, as he complains to the referee. Not going to be getting it for that though.

21:22 , Matt Verri

79 mins: Spurs letting Tomiyasu and Xhaka have it, waiting for their chance to counter.

Arsenal come forward though, Tavares with a great cross back to Odegaard. Straight at Lloris. Should really have done better from there.

21:19 , Matt Verri

76 mins: Tavares on for Gabriel - Arsenal do not want to risk White.

That will be Xhaka and Tomiyasu at centre-back for the last 14 minutes plus stoppage time.

21:17 , Matt Verri

74 mins: Hojbjerg clips the cross in, Kane loops a header straight at Ramsdale.

Gabriel has now gone for Arsenal, holding his hamstring it looks like. It never rains...

21:15 , Matt Verri

72 mins: Son gets a huge ovation as he’s brought off - another brilliant display from him. Kulusevski also off.

Bergwijn and Lucas the two to come on. Son furious as he’s replaced. Arsenal also make a change, Lacazette on for Nketiah.

21:14 , Matt Verri

71 mins: Nketiah gets his side up the pitch and Arsenal have a free-kick. Rare chance for them to get bodies in the Spurs box.

Odegaard swings it in, Gabriel is there at the back post but he heads it straight into Royal.

21:12 , Matt Verri

69 mins: Spurs able to do what they want in possession now - could keep it at the back for the rest of the match if they wanted to, but they’re still coming forward.

Feels impossible for Arsenal to string any passes together.

21:09 , Matt Verri

66 mins: Tomiyasu gets away with one - falls to the ground under pressure from Spurs players and gets the decision.

If he’d have lost it there, Spurs would have been in again.

Simon Collings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

21:08 , Matt Verri

Arsenal aways fans are chanting Arteta’s name. A miserable night for them, but still making some noise.

Dan Kilpatrick at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

21:07 , Matt Verri

Ramsdale now keeping this semi-respectable for Arsenal, saving from Emerson and then Kane before Son fires over a golden chance.

Arsenal have lost the battle but they can still win the war, so Arteta will be calling for calm heads for the final half-an-hour.

21:06 , Matt Verri

64 mins: Nearly 4-0!

Hojbjerg with a lovely pass inside to Sessegnon, he squares it to Son who really should have scored. High over the bar though.

Arteta turns to his bench - Smith Rowe on to replace Martinelli.

21:05 , Matt Verri

62 mins: Bentancur plays it round the corner to Kane and he has so much space to move forward into.

Goes for goal from miles out... why not? Ramsdale tips it over the bar, taking no chances as it swerved around.

21:02 , Matt Verri

59 mins: WHAT A SAVE!

Ramsdale prevents further pain for the Gunners. Ball clipped into the box, Royal free and he heads powerfully towards the bottom corner. Goalkeeper does really well to keep it out.

20:59 , Matt Verri

56 mins: Long spell of Gunners possession, as Spurs sit back and let them have it.

Ends with Martinelli cutting inside and sending the cross over everyone and out of play for a goal-kick.

20:57 , Matt Verri

54 mins: Arsenal still looking to get forward but they just don’t seem to have enough numbers.

All on Martinelli to do something special. He lifts the ball into the box, Dier clears. Spurs getting everyone back, despite their advantage.

Son extends lead...

20:56 , Matt Verri

20:54 , Matt Verri

51 mins: Almost for Arsenal!

That would have helped. Martinelli bursts clear on the left, cuts it back for Saka and it’s a massive chance. Blocked though.

Falls to Nketiah, Spurs scramble it away.

20:53 , Matt Verri

50 mins: Arsenal are all over the place again, as Spurs play the ball in behind for Kulusevski to run onto.

Xhaka makes a complete mess of clearing it and Kulusevski can gather it, but he then grabs Xhaka’s shirt. Free-kick.

Simon Collings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

20:51 , Matt Verri

This could get very, very ugly for Arsenal.

GOAL! Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal | Heung-min Son 47'

20:50 , Matt Verri

WHAT A START TO THE HALF!

That is very much that. Ball played into Kane in the box, he thinks he’s been dragged to the ground.

Doesn’t matter though... Son is there to finish as the ball rolls to him!

Back underway!

20:48 , Matt Verri

Here we go again - no changes from either side at the break.

20:46 , Matt Verri

Will Arteta bring on White at half-time... is he even fit enough to do so?

Interesting to see if Arsenal push forward and try and get back into this, or just look to prevent this turning into a heavy defeat.

How Kane doubled the lead...

20:42 , Matt Verri

Poor from Holding...

20:38 , Matt Verri

Simon Collings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

20:35 , Matt Verri

A nightmare half for Arteta’s side, who are 2-0 down and down to 10 men too. Will be interesting to hear Arteta after on decisions. Penalty from Cedric felt soft, but needless, bit like Holding’s second yellow. Mountain to climb now.

HT: Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal

20:33 , Matt Verri

What a half that is for Spurs!

Two goals from Kane and Arsenal down to ten after Holding was shown a second yellow card.

Arteta with huge, huge problems. Not sure how he turns this around.

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20:31 , Matt Verri

45 mins: Two minutes added on.

Gunners having a bit more success late in this half, but they’ll be very happy to hear the whistle.

20:29 , Matt Verri

44 mins: Good save from Lloris!

First Arsenal attack in a long, long time. Saka brings it forward and plays it wide to Nketiah. He cuts inside and curls an effort towards the far corner, Lloris comfortable enough as he tips it over.

Saka take... barely reached the man at the near post, let alone beat him.

20:28 , Matt Verri

42 mins: Arsenal are falling apart in defence. Kane very nearly in for his third, shot just about blocked.

Bentancur then clips a lovely cross in, Martinelli doesn’t react and Royal can get on the end of it.... can’t keep it down.

Dan Kilpatrick at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

20:26 , Matt Verri

Once Holding went, Arsenal’s job was to hold on until half-time and regroup. But Spurs sensed blood and Kane’s second goal has put them in total charge, leaving the Gunners with a mountain to climb.

20:25 , Matt Verri

40 mins: This has been an absolute disaster for Arsenal in the last 20 minutes - Spurs have run riot.

Tomiyasu looks to have moved back alongside Gabriel, with Xhaka out on the left.

GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal | Harry Kane 37'

20:23 , Matt Verri

Swung into the box, Kane flicks it on and Tomiyasu heads it behind for a corner. Could have let it go out but he didn’t get the shout. Arsenal still unsure whether to make a substitute or not.

AND NOW SPURS ARE 2-0 UP! Corner flicked on and Kane is there waiting for a simple finish at the back post. Spurs are in complete control.

20:21 , Matt Verri

35 mins: Free-kick Spurs after Saka and Odegaard go in on Hojbjerg.

Even worse for Arsenal is that Saka has gone down in pain. He’s back up, looks fine to continue.

Simon Collings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

20:19 , Matt Verri

Arsenal now have a mountain to climb. I don’t think Holding can have any complaints there at all. A head’s gone moment.

RED CARD!

20:19 , Matt Verri

HOLDING HAS BEEN SENT OFF FOR THE GUNNERS!

He’s been diving in all match, and now he’s cost his side. Long ball forward for Son, Holding steps across Son and raises an arm to cut him off.

That’s a second yellow and Arsenal are down to ten.

20:16 , Matt Verri

31 mins: That’s brilliant defending from Cedric.

Arsenal cut open far too easily as Hojbjerg gets in behind Tomiyasu. Squares it into the box, Kane is there waiting for a tap-in but Cedric gets back to clear the danger.

Gunners really on the ropes.

20:15 , Matt Verri

29 mins: Dier with a really poor ball out from the back and Arsenal are back on the attack.

Odegaard lays it off to Xhaka, who can’t resist from 25 yards out. That’s still rising.

20:13 , Matt Verri

27 mins: Holding for the third time tonight gets far too tight to Son, commits another foul and the referee has seen enough. Yellow card. Arsenal man has certainly not arrived with a cool head tonight.

Spurs are piling on the pressure now, Kane working the space as he drives into the box and goes for goal. Tomiyasu with a brilliant block. Royal then lashes the effort over.

20:11 , Matt Verri

25 mins: Xhaka stands up a cross to the back post, Lloris fumbles it about three times under pressure from Odegaard... eventually holds it.

We can file that under ‘unconvincing’.

Dan Kilpatrick at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

20:10 , Matt Verri

For me, it was a clear penalty as Cedric came through the back of Son, knocking him off balance. Fair to say, though, that it is probablty one VAR would not have overturned either way.

Simon Collings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

20:09 , Matt Verri

The first goal always felt vital tonight, so let’s see how big it is now. This stadium was already rocking and now it is bouncing.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal | Harry Kane 22'

20:08 , Matt Verri

KANE MAKES NO MISTAKE!

As he has done on so many occasions against Arsenal, Kane finds the back of the net - Ramsdale sent the wrong way.

Tottenham have the lead!

PENALTY TOTTENHAM!

20:06 , Matt Verri

Cross whipped into the box, Son is there at the back post and gets a shove.... PENALTY!

Referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot. Kulusevski’s cross is brilliant, Cedric with a clumsy challenge on Son.

Simon Collings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

20:05 , Matt Verri

Arteta will be fairly pleased with this opening 20 minutes. Arsenal have handled the occasion well so far, in what is probably the most intense atmosphere they’ve played all season.

20:04 , Matt Verri

18 mins: Conte earned a yellow card too, for his protests on the touchline.

Odegaard standing over it - poor ball really and easily headed away by the Spurs defence. Gabriel and Holding will not be impressed with that wasted journey.

20:03 , Matt Verri

17 mins: First yellow card of the match and it goes to Davies, who was shrugged off it by Saka.

The Arsenal man would have been running into the box, but Davies trips him up very deliberately. Easy decision for the officials.

Great position for the Gunners to whip something in.

20:02 , Matt Verri

16 mins: Arsenal get in behind for the first time, as Martinelli breaks away from Royal.

He has Odegaard and Nketiah waiting in the box, but the cut-back towards them is intercepted. Promising for the Gunners though.

20:00 , Matt Verri

14 mins: Tottenham seeing more and more of the ball now, Arsenal happy to sit back in their shape.

Dier tries to clip a ball over the top for Kane, but it’s straight into Ramsdale’s arms.

19:58 , Matt Verri

12 mins: Son vs Holding... the rematch.

A bit of wrestling on the ground from the two of them, Son is clearly still furious with the earlier challenge. Holding had a real hold of him again, and Son retaliated.

Both given just a warning.

19:57 , Matt Verri

11 mins: Arsenal have put the playing out from the back to one side - Ramsdale waves his side up the pitch from a goal-kick.

Holding has a couple of attempts at winning it back from Son, and then catches him with the knee in the back. Painful one for Son.

19:55 , Matt Verri

9 mins: Lovely cross from Bentancur, Cedric leans on Sessegnon and the Tottenham man can’t get on the end of it.

First sign of a Spurs counter as Son glides away from a couple of challenges. He’s sent tumbling to the ground by a strong challenge from Gabriel - no foul given.

Dan Kilpatrick at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

19:52 , Matt Verri

Early days but Spurs are already having more difficulty at playing out from the back without Romero, who is usually their defensive playmaker. Lots of sideways passes back there already.

19:52 , Matt Verri

7 mins: Gabriel and Kulusevski clash after tangling on the ground - free-kick Arsenal. Neither player was about to back down.

The Arsenal centre-back then tries to play a long ball in behind for Martinelli, far too much on it. Davies then does exactly the same as he looks for Son.

19:50 , Matt Verri

5 mins: Spurs fans erupt as their side play it side-to-side at the back. Supporters aren’t going to accept a passive approach.

Sanchez very nearly gets caught on it - he needs to quickly get up to speed.

Simon Collings at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

19:49 , Matt Verri

A bright start from Arsenal, who have shunned playing a back-three and stuck to their usual 4-3-3. Bold from Arteta, who seems to want to take the game to Spurs.

19:47 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Bright start from Martinelli, driving straight at Royal on the left wing. Cuts inside and plays a cross into the box, headed away.

Arsenal dominating possession in the early stages, met with a chorus of boos. Nketiah brings it forward into the area, Dier slides in and wins the ball.

Fans are ready!

19:46 , Matt Verri

KICK-OFF!

19:45 , Matt Verri

We are underway in north London!

19:42 , Matt Verri

Here we go... players are out onto the pitch!

Brilliant atmosphere as you’d expect. Going to be tough for the two sides to keep cool with so much riding on it.

19:39 , Matt Verri

Almost time!

Five minutes to go until kick-off. Tottenham really need to win, Arsenal would love a win to seal Champions League football but would take a draw.

All to play for.

What’s to come...

19:34 , Matt Verri

It will all be irrelevant if Arsenal win tonight and wrap up a top-four spot, but here’s what the two sides have left in the final two games of the season.

Tottenham: Burnley (H), Norwich (A)

Arsenal: Newcastle (A), Everton (H)

Advantage Spurs? You’d have to say so in terms of the fixtures - they need to win tonight first though.

Conte’s been giving his thoughts...

19:31 , Matt Verri

“Cristian Romero received a kick on his hip against Liverpool. It is not positive. We found a good balance with Romero, Dier and Davies.

“But we trust Sanchez and this solution. I am sure he is going to play a fantastic game. Our approach tonight has to be right. The whole game has to be right.

“We have to be better than Arsenal if we want the three points. We know they are a really good team.”

Warm-up time!

19:26 , Matt Verri

Arteta’s pre-match thoughts

19:21 , Matt Verri

“Bukayo Saka trained yesterday and felt good, so he starts the match.

“Ben White didn’t do enough in training yesterday, but he’s been very willing to be here and contribute if we need him, so that’s good news as well.

“We always prepare to win and to create many problems for the opposition, and we want to do that tonight. We need composure. Being able to play with emotion is important, without losing the anger and passion that is very necessary, but also having cool minds to manage the situations.”

Where it could be decided...

19:15 , Matt Verri

Elneny vs Kane

Mohamed Elneny has emerged as an unlikely star of Arsenal’s Champions League push, and he and Granit Xhaka will have the considerable challenge of trying to stop Harry Kane tonight. The England captain is the laundpad for Spurs’ quick breaks, dropping into the No10 space and usually looking for Heung-min Son.

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho did a good job of smothering Kane at Anfield on Saturday but he still made Spurs’ goal, demonstrating that he is hard to keep down indefinitely.

Saka vs Emerson

If Arteta matches Conte’s 3-4-3 system, Arsenal talisman Bukayo Saka could line-up at left wing-back, where he would face off against Emerson Royal. The Brazilian was long perceived to be a weak link in Conte’s side but he rose to the occasion against Liverpool on Saturday and was voted man of the match by Spurs fans. Saka’s directness and creativity are among Arsenal’s biggest strengths, so Emerson potentially faces another huge test tonight.

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Romero out with hip injury

19:09 , Matt Verri

Romero a huge miss for Tottenham tonight. He suffered a blow to the hip at Anfield on Saturday and has been pain all week - hasn’t been able to recover in time.

Sanchez filling in on the right of the back three - he’ll have to deal with at least one of Martinelli and Saka, maybe both if it is a back three for Arsenal.

Arteta: Victory would be gift to fans

19:05 , Matt Verri

Mikel Arteta has told his players that beating Tottenham tonight and qualifying for the Champions League would be the perfect way to repay fans’ faith in his Arsenal rebuild.

“It’s the best way to show them gratitude for the way they have behaved with the team,” said Arteta.

“For me, that would be the answer: to say thank you and say we are in this together, and now the journey is going to change slightly and I think we are going to be more excited about the future.

“It’s the opportunity to achieve something we haven’t achieved for many years. We always play to win — and that’s the way we will prepare for this game.”

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Simon Collings at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

19:00 , Matt Verri

One change but a big one

18:55 , Matt Verri

Spurs forced into a change from the side that drew at Anfield.

Romero misses out with injury, meaning Sanchez comes into the back three alongside Dier and Davies.

Apart from that, it’s as you’d expect from Conte.

Same side... different shape?

18:51 , Matt Verri

Arteta names the same side that beat Leeds 2-1 on Sunday - Saka is fit to start, with White on the bench.

That means Smith Rowe also has to settle for a place among the substitutes, with Pepe and Lacazette also waiting in reverse.

It was a back four against Leeds, with Tomiyasu filling in at left back. Could well be a back three here tonight though, with Cedric and Saka as wing-backs.

Arsenal team

18:48 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Ramsdale, Cedric, Gabriel, Holding, Tomiyasu, Xhaka, Elneny, Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka, Nketiah

Subs: Leno, White, Lacazette, Smith Rowe, Tavares, Patino, Swanson, Lokonga, Pepe

Tottenham team

18:45 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Royal, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Son, Kane

Subs: Gollini, Rodon, White, Winks, Craig, Devine, Lucas, Bergwijn, Scarlett

18:38 , Matt Verri

Team news coming up in just over five minutes.

All to be revealed about whether Saka and White are fit to start for the Gunners, and if Spurs are able to name an unchanged side.

Spurs have arrived!

18:32 , Matt Verri

Conte calls for Anfield-esque atmosphere

18:26 , Matt Verri

Antonio Conte has called on the Tottenham fans to make it a raucous atmosphere tonight and get behind the home side.

He said: “It’s not only about being focused on beating your rival. Winning a derby has to be a way to reach an important target.

“There is a big rivalry. The players know very well, and we want to give satisfaction to our fans, and we’ll try to do our best.

“I hope to breathe a fantastic atmosphere, like the last game in Anfield.

“Our fans have to push us from the start until the end, in positive or negative moments, they have to stay with us and we have to try to overcome this obstacle together.”

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Ramsdale and Holding lead the way

18:20 , Matt Verri

Rivals must overcome stage fright

18:14 , Matt Verri

For months, Tottenham and Arsenal have suspected the postponed north London derby, which was called off at Arsenal’s behest in January, could decide which club finishes fourth — and there is every chance it will.

Spurs squandered the chance to go into tonight’s game with a cushion and, instead, it is Arsenal who can seal Champions League football with a famous win at the home of their rivals. It would not quite rank alongside their title wins at White Hart Lane in 1971 and 2004, but nonetheless be the club’s biggest result in years.

For Spurs, an emotionally-charged win under lights would close the gap to a point with two games to play and gift them the momentum and an opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal by beating Burnley on Sunday, with the Gunners not playing until Monday’s game at Newcastle.

Click here for Dan Kilpatrick’s full preview!

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Some positive news for Arsenal fans!

18:08 , Matt Verri

Last time they met...

18:03 , Matt Verri

Arsenal were 3-0 inside 35 minutes when the two sides met earlier in the season at the Emirates.

Nuno Espirito Santos was in charge of Spurs... yes, that did happen. He had a miserable time in his one and only north London derby.

Tottenham will certainly need a much-improved display tonight.

Spurs the winners from derby delay?

17:56 , Matt Verri

When Arsenal were successful with their request to have the north London derby postponed in January, Antonio Conte and Tottenham were furious.

Conte described the way the Premier League handled postponements, which has subsequently changed, as “a mess” and he had not cooled down in March, when Mikel Arteta moaned about the tight turnaround between some of Arsenal’s fixtures.

“If someone wants to think about fair or unfair, [it was] postponed the game, Tottenham v Arsenal, if you remember,” he said. “I don’t forget this.”

Conte has cut a more measured and reserved figure this week when asked about the January postponement, which came about after Arsenal had cited a depleted squad due to Covid, and perhaps that is because it is no longer as clear who has benefited most from the rescheduling.

Click here to read Simon Collings’ full piece on who will be grateful for the delay

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Stage is set

17:49 , Matt Verri

Prediction

17:44 , Matt Verri

Tottenham, four points adrift of their rivals in fifth with three games to go, simply have to win and certainly boast the attacking talent to cause Arsenal real problems.

Still, as strong as Spurs are at home under Conte, Arsenal have learned how to grind results out. With the Gunners potentially matching Tottenham up with a back three and knowing a point would be a good result, it could be a tight affair.

1-1 draw.

Arsenal team news

17:37 , Matt Verri

Arsenal could be without both Ben White and Bukayo Saka for tonight’s clash.

England centre-back White missed the wins over West Ham and Leeds with a hamstring issue, while Saka was substituted against the latter on Sunday after suffering a knock.

Both are in a race against time to be fit for a crunch meeting with rivals Spurs in the race for Champions League qualification.

“Thomas [Partey] is still out, Kieran [Tierney] is still out and with Ben he is still a doubt, we have to assess him and see how he is feeling, which is much better,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told reporters on Wednesday. “With Bukayo, it’s the same.”

Predicted Arsenal XI (3-4-2-1): Ramsdale; White, Holding, Gabriel; Tomiyasu, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka; Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Nketiah

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Tottenham team news

17:31 , Matt Verri

Tottenham could be without Sergio Reguilon for the rest of the season due to a groin problem, with Antonio Conte complaining about having just 15 senior players available for the season’s run-in. Oliver Skipp remains injured along with Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty.

Largely, the Italian’s first-choice starting XI picks itself with little in the way of surprise changes expected as things stand. Luckily for him, there are no fresh injury concerns.

Conte xwill be wary of fatigue though after a gruelling 90 minutes against Liverpool and with Sunday’s match against Burnley a 12pm kick-off.

Predicted Tottenham XI (3-4-3): Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Kulusevski, Son, Kane.

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How to watch Tottenham vs Arsenal

17:25 , Matt Verri

TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s contest will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online via the Sky Go app.

LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action right here with us! Simon Collings and Dan Kilpatrick will be providing expert analysis from the ground.

Good evening!

17:18 , Matt Verri

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Tottenham vs Arsenal!

It’s an absolutely huge night in north London, with the derby potentially bringing an end to the race for Champions League football.

Arsenal can seal their place in the top-four with victory tonight, but Spurs would move to within a point of the Gunners should they get the job done.

We’ll have all the latest build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 7:45pm from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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