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Time for London rivals to prove their staying power when it comes to Premier League challenge

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Mikel Arteta and Antonio Conte could be genuine league challengers. Photo: Getty Images

Mikel Arteta and Antonio Conte could be genuine league challengers. Photo: Getty Images

Mikel Arteta and Antonio Conte could be genuine league challengers. Photo: Getty Images

To the players, coaches and especially the supporters, the north London derby always matters. To the best teams in the league, though? Well, perhaps not.

This is a match of unquestionable local significance but, over the last four seasons, it has not been a decisive fixture at the top end of the Premier League.


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