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Arsenal have a golden opportunity to secure a fourth-place finish in the Premier League, and a coveted Champions League berth, when they take on Tottenham Hotspur this Thursday.


A recent surge from the Gunners in recent weeks, coupled with a series of slip-ups from Spurs, have enabled Mikel Arteta’s team to move four points clear of their fifth-placed rivals.


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), which has opened the door for the Gunners to finish fourth – with just three games remaining for both clubs this season.

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven home league games against Arsenal (W5; D2), but Arsenal are looking to complete their first league double over Tottenham since the 2013-14 campaign after winning the first league fixture 3-1 at the Emirates.

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. Although he’s not scored in either of his last two appearances against the Gunners – his longest drought against them in his career – that could change on Thursday.

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 (three goals, two assists).

Spurs manager Antonio Conte remains without injured quartet Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp for the North London Derby, while Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are both absent for Arsenal.

The Gunners are on a four-game winning streak and have now moved to within one point of Chelsea. Tottenham need to, at the very least, avoid defeat in Thursday’s massive North London Derby, but a draw would certainly suit Arsenal.

Ultimately, there is good reason to believe a draw could well be on the cards between the closely-matched teams.

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