Spurs are perhaps the bookies favourites to clinch the Premier League crown this season and, with Manchester City faltering, it looks to be a straight battle between the two North London clubs for league supremacy, although we mustn’t discount Leicester considering their league form and consistency this season.Embed from Getty Images
Will the North London Derby determine the league winner?
It probably won’t declare the winner of the league as it only takes place in March but it will be a huge statement of intent from the team that does emerge from the game as winners. North London derbies have been very close in recent seasons and Wenger, as yet, is yet to beat Pochettino in a league meeting (D2, L1). Home advantage may be crucial in deciding the outcome of this game, and potentially the league, as all are now certain that it will come down to the wire, and possibly the last day of the season.
Will Harry Kane be grabbing a late winner as he did last season, or will it be Arsenal clawing back an equaliser through Kieran Gibbs? Spurs were utterly dominant in the first half at the Emirates and will be looking for a repeat performance against their closest rivals.
Will the champions have a role to play in deciding the league-winners?
Whilst it is shaping up to be a battle between Arsenal and Tottenham, could rival London-club Chelsea have a say in who is lifting the Premier League trophy come May? Both Manchester City and Tottenham have to face Chelsea at the Bridge between now and the end of the season and Leicester will also be paying a visit to Stamford Bridge on the last day of the season, all three will be vital encounters. Arsenal have arguably the best run-in having faced Chelsea already and playing 2 of their last 3 games at home and they will be looking to capitalise on this.
London rivals West Ham could also wreck a teams Premiership hopes as Leicester, Spurs and Arsenal all play the London outfit who have played confidently and efficiently under Slaven Bilic.
This is the closest season of all and as it says during the opening theme of Match of the Day – it is a wide open title race.