The two north London giants meet at Highbury this Saturday in a dress rehearsal ahead of next weekend's FA Cup Semi-Final showdown at Old Trafford.
Both teams will be looking to gain a psychological advantage before their cup clash and with the Gunners hosting Valencia in a Champions League Quarter-final tie on Wednesday, this week is make-or-break for the boys from N5.
Arsenal boast a considerably more deadly shooting accuracy than their old foes with half of their efforts hitting the target. In contrast only 41% of Spurs' shots have troubled the opposition goalkeeper.
Tottenham shot-stopper Neil Sullivan is sure to be in for another busy afternoon against the team who have fired in the most shots on target (209) in the Premiership. The former Wimbledon custodian was in superb form when these two sides met last December, pulling off a string of fine saves to deny Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp amongst others. His overall total of nine stops was Sullivan's highest tally in a single game in a season so far this season.
And if it was not for a last-gasp header by substitute Patrick Vieira, Sullivan would have come away from his first-ever north London derby with all three points for his side. Nevertheless even the most stubborn of Spurs fans would have to admit that their deadly rivals were full value for a draw.
However if you think Tottenham can upset the form book on Saturday and become the first team to win at Highbury in the Premiership this season and record their first win at their near neighbours in over seven years, online bookies www.SpursBet.co.uk offer 4/1 on the Lilywhites providing a shock result.
Realistically Arsene Wenger's team should have nothing to fear from a side that has won only one match away from White Hart Lane all season and whose supposed exciting brand of 'push and run' football is not evident in Opta's passing statistics for the two clubs.
The Gunners are much more adept at retaining possession, with 76% of their distribution finding a team-mate, seven percentage points greater than Tottenham's ratio.
The Spurs players will probably be forced into a great deal of tracking back and hassling Arsenal's more superior-skilled performers on Saturday, but the spirit of George Graham may still linger over the team and the likes of Steffen Freund in the centre of the park will like nothing better than a good old scrap and the chance to show who's boss ahead of next week's showdown.
With Graham not involved in a north London derby for the first time in the last six meetings, expect this game to be a lot more open than previous encounters in recent years. The Gunners' extra firing power however should give the bragging rights to those fans on the south side of the Seven Sisters Road, and give them the psychological edge ahead of the semi-final clash next weekend.