Spurs, on the other hand, saw any lingering title hopes vanish as they followed up a shock result at Burnley with a 2-0 loss away to Chelsea which leaves them nine points off Liverpool at the top. Hugo Lloris suffered the ignominy of having conceded two goals despite just one shot on target as Kieran Trippier rolled the ball into his own net with a blind back pass.
What will be even more troubling for Maurizio Pochettino is the fact that Spurs couldn’t register a single shot on target at Stamford Bridge for the first time under the Argentinean manager? Tottenham suffered from a lack of ideas in the opposition’s half and Harry Kane looked visibly frustrated up front. The talismanic English forward was lucky to escape unpunished as he let his frustration show when appearing to headbutt Cesar Azpilicueta.
Tottenham will want to avoid defeat at all costs which will suck them into a busy race for a top-four finish with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all breathing down their neck.
Tottenham will again be without Dele Alli who suffered a hamstring injury in January and Eric Dier who has been out with tonsillitis. Jan Vertonghen missed the Chelsea game with a hip problem but could return to face Arsenal.
Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding are all long-term absentees for Arsenal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Stephan Lichtsteiner have both returned to full training but didn’t feature in the game against Bournemouth. Granit Xhaka who was rested against the Cherries will be expected to return to the starting line-up.
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose; Sissoko, Winks; Lucas Moura, Eriksen, Son; Kane.
Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Leno; Koscielny, Mustafi, Sokratis; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Mkhitaryan, Ozil; Aubameyang.