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Tottenham and Arsenal face off on Thursday night in the biggest north London derby in recent memory.

The near neighbours are battling it out to claim the fourth and final Champions League place.

The North London derby will be decisive this week as Tottenham and Arsenal chase the Champions League

Arsenal beat Leeds on Sunday to open up a four point lead over Spurs following their draw at Liverpool on Saturday.

Antonio Conte’s side know they must win to keep their hopes of elite European football next season alive.

Meanwhile, a victory for the Gunners will secure them at least fourth this term.

Tottenham v Arsenal: Date and start time

The Premier League clash will take place on Thursday, May 12.

The match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will kick off at 7:45pm.

Arsenal beat Spurs 3-1 in September’s reverse fixture with Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka on target.

Tottenham v Arsenal: TV channel and live stream

This game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage starting from 7pm.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.

Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the afternoon while talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog too.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2, click  HERE for the live stream.

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Arsenal beat Spurs 3-1 in September’s reverse fixture

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Arsenal beat Spurs 3-1 in September’s reverse fixture

Tottenham v Arsenal: Teams

Spurs have no new injury issues to contend with but will remain without Sergio Reguilon.

Matt Doherty, Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp are long-term absentees.

Lucas Moura and Davinson Sanchez started from the bench against Liverpool on Saturday so could come into the starting line-up.

Arsenal star Bukaya Saka is fit to start despite coming off early against Leeds.

Ben White is expected to return from a hamstring injury.

Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey remain out for the Gunners.

Tottenham v Arsenal: What has been said?

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “We want to prepare and go for that match like we always do, with the same enthusiasm.

“We know obviously that this can be a defining moment and that’s an extra level of motivation and another layer for us to really go for it and I can’t wait to play that game.

“I think when you look at the other games, you can see a lot of nerves.

“Now is the defining moment when a goal can change the whole season, and that plays in the back of the players’ minds but I didn’t see any of that against Leeds.

“The mood in the dressing room is really good, really positive, but at the same time really humble.

“We know that nothing has been achieved yet and still a lot of things and a lot of minutes to play to do what we want to achieve.”

Arteta’s Arsenal hold the advantage in the top four race

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Arteta’s Arsenal hold the advantage in the top four race

Tottenham v Arsenal: Match facts

  • Victory for Arsenal will secure them their highest Premier League finish (at least fourth) since the 2015-16 campaign when they finished second. It will also be the first time since that season that they have finished above their north London rivals Tottenham.
  • After a run of four straight Premier League victories, Tottenham have won just one of their last four (D2 L1). However, Spurs have won four of their last five home league games (L1), netting at least three goals in all four victories.
  • This is just the second ever meeting between Tottenham and Arsenal on a Thursday, with the other coming almost exactly 50 years ago to the day – a 2-0 win for Spurs at Highbury on 11th May 1972.
  • Tottenham are looking to win three consecutive home league games against Arsenal for the first time since August 1961.
  • Following their 3-1 victory at the Emirates in September, Arsenal are looking to complete their first league double over Tottenham since the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven home league games against Arsenal (W5 D2), their longest such run against their north London rivals since a run of nine between 1960 and 1968.
  • Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka were both on the scoresheet for Arsenal in their 3-1 victory against Spurs in the reverse fixture. The last Englishman to score for the Gunners in both home and away fixtures against Spurs in a single season was Ian Wright in 1993-94.
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane is the top scorer in north London derby history in all competitions, netting 11 goals in his 16 games for Spurs against Arsenal. However, he’s not scored in either of his last two appearances against the Gunners, his longest drought against them in his career.
  • After failing to score or assist in any of his first nine Premier League games against Arsenal, Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has had a hand in five goals in his last four north London derby appearances (3 goals, 2 assists).
  • Spurs manager Antonio Conte has won just one of his eight meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (D4 L3), with all of these coming as Chelsea manager between 2016 and 2018. Of clubs he’s faced at least five times in his managerial career, against no side does the Italian have a lower win rate than against the Gunners (12.5%).

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