The Gunners came storming back from behind on that occasion to record a 4-2 victory over their great rivals, signalling a return to form under the stewardship of Unai Emery after years of struggle.
However, they have since seen a 22-match undefeated run come to a shuddering halt against Southampton at the weekend and have their work cut out bouncing back against a Spurs side that continues to be one of England’s most consistent outfits.
Position Arsenal players
Goalkeepers Cech, Leno, Martinez
Defenders Bellerin, Sokratis, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac
Midfielders Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Xhaka
Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang
There are numerous defensive headaches for Unai Emery, who will be without long-term absentees Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding. Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, however, are all further worries, with the Spaniard unlikely to play. Stephan Lichtsteiner is fit.
Danny Welbeck and youngster Emile Smith-Rowe are also missing for the Gunners.
Possible Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal; Jenkinson, Xhaka, Torreira, Maitland-Niles; Ramsey, Ozil; Aubameyang
Position Tottenham players
Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga
Defenders Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies
Midfielders Son, Winks, Wanyama, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura
Forwards Kane, Llorente
Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama continue to sit out for Spurs, but Mauricio Pochettino will be forced to wait on numerous players prior to this clash.
Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier and Jan Vertonghen are all doubts in defence, while the versatile Eric Dier is out until January. Pochettino’s back four is, therefore, liable to be comprised of whoever is available.
Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son were left on the bench at the weekend and are probable starters.
Possible Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Winks; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane
Betting & Match Odds
There’s little between the two sides in the eyes of the bookmakers. Bet365 have Arsenal down as very marginal favourites with odds of 13/8, while Tottenham are priced at 17/10. A draw can be backed at 13/5.
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