Date: 31st August 2019 at 5:00pm
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Danny Mills has predicted a thrilling clash between Tottenham and Arsenal as he says neither team can consider themselves favourites for Sunday’s showdown.

The former Leeds and England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the Lilywhites and the Gunners, both of which are coming off the back of a defeat in their last game, have a number of dilemmas to deal with before going head to head.

Arsenal were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield last weekend while Tottenham suffered a shock defeat to a struggling Newcastle United side in front of their own fans.

With Mauricio Pochettino having to choose whether to reinstate Christian Eriksen to his starting XI and Unai Emery having to pick from a number of midfield options, Mills says it promises to be an interesting and high scoring match, singling out Pepe as an exciting prospect.

He told Football Insider: “Two teams not in great form, obviously everyone will be looking at Aubameyang and Kane as the two main guys.

“This is not two really strong sides going into this, I don’t think there’s any particular favourite. It could be a high scoring game, a 2-2 or a 3-2 to somebody.

“Pepe looks very exciting but it’s his first north London derby. Who plays in midfield for Arsenal – is it Xhaka, Torreira, Ceballos? Equally, for Tottenham, does he play Eriksen or does he leave him out again?

“Arsenal were alright at Liverpool, they just conceded some poor goals. I think it’s going to be a fabulous game, it’s going to be incredibly interesting.” 

Arsenal won their home derby in the Premier League last season, sinking Spurs 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium back in December 2018.

The two sides actually met three times throughout the campaign, Tottenham triumphing 2-0 in the League Cup just over two weeks after their first clash before sharing the points in a 1-1 draw back in March.

In other Tottenham news, Football Insider can reveal that Pochettino was left fuming after the club’s contract offer was trumped by a rival.