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Arsenal will face derby rivals Tottenham Hotspur away from home in the North London derby on Sunday in the Premier League.
Spurs, who haven’t lost to the Gunners in the Premier League since 2015, rank at the top of the Premier League, eight points ahead of 14th-ranked Arsenal.
Many expect this time to be a close Premier League race, with five points separating the top nine teams.
José Mourinho’s team is expected to challenge players like Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea for the title this season. Arteta feels the Spurs have ‘done things the right way’ but it is too early to say if they would be a potential title candidate.
Arsenal can return to the mix and narrow the gap with the Spurs to five points if they win on Sunday.
This is what Arteta has said about Tottenham’s title chances, cited by Football London:
“I think it’s too early in the season to say who are title contenders or not. What you can say, like I said before, is that they are in the position they are in because they have done things the right way. ”
Can the Spurs fight for the title?
Before the game, José Mourinho said he is not bothered by the derby hype, but is focused on securing first place.
The Spurs have put together a very good squad this term and there is no reason to believe that they cannot compete for the title.
They added depth in midfield this summer by signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and bolstering their attacking midfield areas by landing Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid.
In Carlos Vinicius, the Spurs have a backup forward they urgently needed. Likewise, Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty have solved their winger problems.
On top of that, key players like Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld have been in fantastic shape this season. Mourinho has a great track record of doing well in his second season at a club, and it will be a great achievement for him if he can guide Spurs to the Premier League title.