Arsenal and Tottenham have been competing for local bragging rights in the Premier League ever since its inception and the tables have turned somewhat in recent seasons.
In the past it was Arsenal who ruled the roost in north London, finishing above Spurs for 22 years in a row from the 1994/95 season to the 2016/17 season.
But under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham have hit back and have put the Gunners to the sword in the last three Premier League years.
Arsenal struggled in Arsene Wenger’s final years in charge and despite an improvement under new boss Unai Emery, they still finished one point behind their rivals last season.
Fans will be expecting their team to mount a better challenge this time around after seeing them fork out close to £140m on new players this summer.
Tottenham have strengthened too though and have kept hold of their key players, but can Arsenal claim back the bragging rights back for the first time in four seasons?
Starsport thinks the answer is yes, and here’s why….
Despite reports that Emery only had a summer transfer budget of around £40m to spend on new players, this was not the case.
Not only did forward Nicolas Pepe come in for a club record £72m but the club was able to strengthen in other areas.
Fans have been crying out for defensive reinforcements for years and this was eventually addressed, although time will tell just how big a difference David Luiz and Kieran Tierney will make.
The Gunners also signed up and coming centre-half William Saliba, but he has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the season.
Elsewhere, midfielder Dani Ceballos joined on loaned from Real Madrid and young winger Gabriel Martinelli comes in from Brazilian side Ituano.
Emery has also been able to keep hold of the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid interest from elsewhere.
Should the new-look Gunners hit the ground running this season and improve defensively, they could cause the top teams problems. Watch out Tottenham!
Tottenham’s exploits in Champions League and domestic cup competitions
Tottenham have not won a trophy since they lifted the League Cup in 2008 and previous to that have only won another League Cup and an FA Cup in the last 30 years.
They did come close to winning the big one last season but missed out on Champions League glory against Liverpool in the final in Madrid.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has tended not to prioritise the domestic cup competitions throughout his tenure at the club but he may feel the need to this season.
Like Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool until last season, Pochettino has worked wonders at Spurs but has no trophy to show for it.
The Argentinian has just started his sixth year in charge of the north London outfit but has only appeared in two finals and lost them both.
So could Pochettino potentially concentrate more on the cup competitions if it becomes clear that the Premier League will elude them again this season?
Arsenal’s home and away form
Were it not for an end of season slip-up at home to Crystal Palace, Arsenal would probably have finished above Spurs last season and it would have been achieved largely because of their imperious home form.
Emery’s team won 10 home Premier League games in a row between November and April, beating the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, and Tottenham.
Away from home though the team were dreadful, losing eight of their 19 league games, conceding 35 goals, and keeping only one clean sheet.
Picking up their away form even in the slightest and maintaining it at the Emirates could be enough to overtake Spurs, who are still adjusting to life in their new stadium.
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