By Danny Murphy For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:37 BST, 31 August 2019 | Updated: 01:43 BST, 1 September 2019
For the first time in a long while, Arsenal fans will go into a North London derby expecting them to win. That may sound a bit strange coming off a defeat at Anfield where Liverpool beat them easily, even if they did win their first two games.
Tottenham, meanwhile, sneaked over the line against Aston Villa, got lucky at Manchester City in a game where they were battered, then lost at home to Newcastle. There is uncertainty over the futures of Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen. I get the feeling Spurs is not the happiest place at the moment.
Although Arsenal lost at Liverpool, I think the supporters are fully behind Unai Emery and believe they can have a good season. Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino are under more pressure.
Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino are under pressure ahead of the North London derby
KEY MAN ERIKSEN JUST HAS TO START
The big conundrum for Pochettino is does he put Christian Eriksen back in the side. They have missed him when he's not there. He was poor in his only start against City but when he came on against Villa and Newcastle he changed the dynamic.
Against Villa, he was only on the pitch for 26 minutes but in that time Spurs created more chances and had more shots than they had all the game.
He is so important. Just look around their midfield, there is really no one else with his ability to create. Moussa Sissoko is a runner. Harry Winks is a holder. Tanguy Ndombele has shown he is capable but he is not fit. Eriksen has been there and done it in North London derbies. Poch needs to pick him.
Eriksen has been there and done it in North London derbies and Pochettino