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Tottenham and Arsenal gear up for the return leg of the North London Derby on March 2 at the Wembley

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With the race for next season's Champions League spots heating up, Tottenham and Arsenal gear up for the return leg of the North London Derby on March 2 at the Wembley Stadium. A victory for Arsenal will move them to within one point of Spurs who currently occupy third place on the table, which brings with it direct qualification into the Champions League. Arsenal emerged 2-0 winners when the two met in the League and Spurs will be looking for revenge.

The Gunners warmed up for this game with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Bournemouth in mid-week. The most encouraging sign for the Gunners from that win was the return to form of their highest-paid player Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Ozil who seems to have fallen out of favour with manager Unai Emery marked a rare start with one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt this season. He scored one while assisting another and also helped out at the back, making a strong case for his inclusion at Wembley.

Mkhitaryan became the first Arsenal player to both score and assist a goal in consecutive matches since Santi Cazorla in February 2015. The Armenian followed up a strong performance against Southampton with another dominant display where he scored one and assisted two goals. One of which was a brilliant solo run culminating in a perfectly weighted through ball for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to latch on to.

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