The key battles of Arsenal v Spurs

The Emirates stadium awaits Arsenal and Spurs Photo: PA

Arsenal host Tottenham in the first north London derby of the season on Sunday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the key battles that are likely to decide the clash at the Emirates Stadium.

PER MERTESACKER v ROBERTO SOLDADO

Mertesacker is the only Arsenal defender to have played every minute of Arsenal's campaign so far. The German's lack of pace was exposed by Villa striker Christian Benteke on the opening day of the campaign, however, and that is something which record signing Soldado, who has scored four in three for Spurs, will be looking to exploit.

JACK WILSHERE v ETIENNE CAPOUE

Wilshere is the player who is likely to provide the magic to give Arsenal the win they need. The England midfielder has shown flashes of brilliance since his return from injury, but Capoue, another impressive summer signing for Spurs, will provide tough opposition for the 21-year-old. The France midfielder, who was linked with Arsenal earlier this year, is quick, strong and aggressive in the tackle.

OLIVIER GIROUD v JAN VERTONGHEN

Although Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is determined to bring a new striker in before Monday night's deadline, Giroud has started the season in fine form, scoring three goals in four games. Vertonghen, who snubbed Arsenal in order to move to Spurs last summer, is Andre Villas-Boas' best centre-back and he will be put in charge of blocking the Frenchman's path to goal.