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Referee confirmed for north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham

Martin Atkinson has been confirmed as the referee for Sunday’s north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

The bitter rivals meet at the Emirates Stadium next weekend having suffered defeats to Liverpool and Newcastle respectively last weekend.

Arsenal are third in the table with two wins and one defeat from their opening three games, while Spurs are in seventh with four points from a possible nine.

Martin Atkinson will be the man in the middle when Arsenal host Tottenham next Sunday

Martin Atkinson will be the man in the middle when Arsenal host Tottenham next Sunday

Both Arsenal and Tottenham head into the game on the back of defeats

Both Arsenal and Tottenham head into the game on the back of defeats

The last Premier League meeting between the sides back in March ended 1-1 at Wembley

The last Premier League meeting between the sides back in March ended 1-1 at Wembley

The appointment of Atkinson could mean a high-scoring affair is on the cards, with two of the official’s previous derbies producing end-to-end encounters.

Atkinson has taken charge of four north London derbies, two of which ended 3-3 and 4-4, back in 2015 and 2016 while the other two finished 2-1 and 1-1.

However, Arsenal are yet to win a north London derby when Atkinson has been the referee – a statistic the Gunners will be keen to erase.

On Monday, former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson backed Unai Emery’s side to beat Tottenham in emphatic fashion.

‘I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1,’ Merson said on Sky Sports. ‘I think they will rip Tottenham to shreds.

‘I think Spurs are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few.

‘The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs I think.’

 

 

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