The sixth match of the Premier League season features a lot more than bragging rights at stake in the first edition of the Arsenal vs. Tottenham London derby.
After a difficult start to the season that at one point saw them in last place in the Premier League table, Arsenal (13th, six points) can catch Tottenham Hotspur (10th, nine points) in the standings. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been under pressure to start the season, but with the return of several injured players and the integration of his new transfer acquisitions, the Gunners turned in more solid displays in wins against Norwich City and Burnley. However, the Spurs are a very different test.
Under new coach Nuno Espirito Santo, Tottenham started the season at the top of the league, but has since come back down to earth after losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea. A busy fixture schedule and a handful of key injuries have made for an up-and-down start as Spurs adjust to their new manager. The team is also waiting for captain Harry Kane to find the net in league play.
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Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham live score
ARS — Emile Smith Rowe (Bukayo Saka) — 12th min.
ARS — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Smith Rowe) — 27th min.
ARS — Bukayo Saka — 34th min.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham updates & highlights
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Halftime: Arsenal 3, Tottenham 0
Halftime: Not much more that Arsenal could’ve done better in that half. Solid defending, great touches and passing in midfield, and inspired runs into in the attack. Tottenham is nowhere close when it comes to intensity and Spurs are constantly getting beat to most balls. Lucas Moura is not in the game, Dele Alli is invisible, and Harry Kane looks deflated. Son Heung-min is the only player with some energy to offer. Tough to see how Spurs comes back.
Probably the best 45 minutes of football from Arsenal in Mikel Arteta’s tenure.
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) September 26, 2021
38th min.: Harry Kane is really hearing it from the Emirates crowd today. His header on a set piece is just off the mark and the crowd jeers.
34th min.: It’s 3-0 for Arsenal! Harry Kane with the giveaway this time and Arsenal just passes its way into Spurs’ half. Saka’s first shot is blocked and he picks up the loose ball himself to finish.
27th min.: Another Arsenal goal! On the breakaway, Aubameyang feeds Smith Rowe, who returns the ball in the box and it’s an expert finish by the Gunners’ forward. Tottenham wanted a foul called earlier on the play, but VAR is not taking this one back.
24th min.: Desperate long-distance shot from Harry Kane that’s way off the mark. Not a good sign for Spurs.
22nd min.: Spurs’ only chances are coming off turnovers and they got one off Martin Odegaard. Son Heung-min puts the shot on target and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale saves for a corner that Arsenal handles.
17th min.: It’s all Arsenal to start. Less than a minute after the Partey shot, Aubameyang fires a blast that just misses the target. That was close.
16th min.: Another chance for Arsenal! This time the Gunners are just knocking the ball around the Spurs’ box and Partey ends the move with a shot that Hugo Lloris saves for a corner. Nothing comes of it.
15th min.: Response by Tottenham comes from a cross by Sergio Reguilon, but he misses Harry Kane in the box and Arsenal clears.
12th min.: Goal Arsenal! Great cross from the right from Saka and he picks out a run into the box by Smith Rowe, who started the match wide left. It was an easy finish. Great start by Arsenal and just reward for the Gunners’ play.
Emile Smith Rowe has scored 9 goals for Arsenal’s first team and his side have won every game he has scored in so far.
Looking good for the Gunners. 🧨 pic.twitter.com/IB2JQxpXrq
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 26, 2021
⚽️ Emile Smith Rowe (21 years, 60 days) is Arsenal’s youngest scorer in a PL North London derby since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Sept 2014 pic.twitter.com/Vskq2N4Dym
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 26, 2021
7th min.: Smith Rowe down the left with a great cross into the box, but Aubameyang ruled offside. Good build-up from Arsenal.
6th min.: Surrounded by four defenders, Tottenham’s Son gets a shot off, but he was offside the whole way.
3rd min.: Sloppy start, but Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White and Bukayo Saka come up with winning tackles to rev up the crowd.
1st min.: And we’re off.
📊 Harry Kane makes his 250th PL app – only 3 players (Shearer, Aguero & Henry) have scored more goals after as many PL apps
Hugo Lloris makes his 19th PL app v Arsenal, equalling Ray Parlour’s record for most PL North London derby apps for one club pic.twitter.com/4fvA74oWg6
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 26, 2021
11:29 a.m.: We’re just about ready. Teams are on the pitch:
11:19 a.m.: Thierry Henry in the retro jersey at the Emirates:
10:58 a.m.: What Arsenal fans are looking forward to:
— Pain In The Arsenal (@PainInThArsenal) September 26, 2021
10:52 a.m.: Mikel Arteta pregame wants his young team to manage its emotions during this derby. Easier said than done:
10:51 a.m.: Sights and sounds from the Emirates ahead of warmups:
9:53 a.m.: So Granit Xhaka, back from a three-game suspension, is apparently getting the start.
8:45 a.m.: Arsenal ‘keeper Aaron Ramsdale sounds like the confident type:
8:26 a.m.: The early scene outside the Emirates:
7:15 a.m.: No doubt there will be some that will call for Mikel Arteta to be fired if he doesn’t win this game. But it’s the performance that should matter more than the result. Arsenal has been improving:
7:14 a.m.: Give Harry Kane time, says Nuno:
“We know what we have, It’s just a matter of time.”
Nuno Espirito Santo remains patient with Harry Kane and knows he is one of the better players in the world pic.twitter.com/JumUjZWNBP
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 26, 2021
6:47 a.m.: Derby day has already started for some folks on the west coast:
6:45 a.m.: It’s a great day for some. For others:
Feel sick for every second of derby day then just relieved when it’s over… followed by spending the next three days either watching it back micro-analysing every beautiful element or avoiding all football entirely and hiding under a rock. #ARSTOT #COYS
— Ben Haines (@benhainess) September 26, 2021
Arsenal vs. Tottenham lineups
Mikel Arteta has a full-strength squad available to him with the return from suspension of Granit Xhaka and he’s throwing Xhaka right back into the starting lineup after serving his three-game suspension.
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Among the other big decisions, Nicolas Pepe starts on the bench as Bukayo Saka is preferred on the right wing.
Arsenal starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 32-Aaron Ramsdale-GK — 3-Kieran Tierney, 6-Gabriel, 4-Ben White, 18-Takehiro Tomiyasu — 6-Thomas Partey, 34-Granit Xhaka — 10-Emile Smith Rowe, 8-Martin Odegaard, 7-Bukayo Saka — 14-Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal subs (9): 1-Bernd Leno-GK, 16-Rob Holding, 17-Cedric, 20-Nuno Tavares, 23-Albert Sambi Lokonga, 15-Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 19-Nicolas Pepe, 9-Alexandre Lacazette, 35-Gabriel Martinelli
The Tottenham squad is not at full health, but close to it. Lucas Moura is available for the derby and will start even after his recent layoff. Steven Bergwijn (ankle) and Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) are still out. Japhet Tanganga is preferred over Emerson Royal at right back.
Tottenham starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Hugo Lloris-GK — 3-Sergio Reguilon, 15-Eric Dier, 6-Davinson Sanchez, 25-Japhet Tanganga — 20-Dele Alli, 5-Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 28-Tanguy Ndombele — 27-Lucas Moura, 10-Harry Kane, 7-Son Heung-min
Tottenham subs (9): 22-Pierluigi Gollini-GK, 4-Cristian Romero, 12-Emerson Royal, 14-Joe Rodon, 33-Ben Davies, 29-Oliver Skipp, 11-Bryan Gil, 18-Giovani Lo Celso, 44-Dane Scarlett
How to watch Arsenal vs. Tottenham
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- Date: Sunday, Sept. 26
- Time: 11:30 a.m. ET
- TV channel: NBCSN
- Spanish-language TV: Telemundo
- Live stream: fuboTV
The match will be available to fans in the USA in English (NBCSN) and Spanish (Telemundo) with both broadcasts streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial) .