The Gunners go into the game with their North London rivals four points behind them and, for the first time in several decades, it looks like Tottenham are comfortably the best team in that particular part of the capital.
Arsenal finished in fifth in the Premier League last season, whilst Spurs finished second, and Arsene Wenger is under severe pressure to make sure his side offer some sort of response to Mauricio Pochettino and his team’s swashbuckling style of play.
But, according to the club’s fanbase at least, the task has been made a lot harder following Dean’s appointment:
North London Derby is gonna be a nother Mike Dean show. A red card and a controversial penalty against Arsenal loading.
Tears in Mike Dean's eyes.
— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) November 13, 2017
Mike Dean is the referee in charge of the NLD. How much more proof do you need that the FA hates us?
— 1886 (@1886_blog) November 13, 2017
Mike Dean to award Spurs a penalty after Dele Alli dives in the box and Cech fails to save it (from Kane)… plus a Koscielny red card. Can't wait.
— Mohamed ElNneny (@ElNnenyM) November 13, 2017
Mike Dean has been given this weekend's north London derby…
Remember the time he celebrated Spurs scoring at White Hart Lane?https://t.co/r83Mp1xKTK
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) November 13, 2017
Mike Dean refereeing the NLD, which basically means we are playing against 12 men. Dele Alli is going to dive like crazy and get away with it.
This must be the FA's way of punishing Arsene Wenger for his words on the referees!
— Lets Talk Arsenal (@ltarsenal) November 13, 2017
The @FA have just confirmed that Mike Dean will be the referee for our match against Spurs on Saturday, is this some sort of sick joke? 😡
— MR DT © (@MrDtAFC) November 13, 2017
How have we got Mike Dean for another North London Derby? Eurgh hate the bald idiot.
— Renato (@th14Renato) November 13, 2017
Mike Dean appointed to referee Arsenal x Tottenham this week. Here he is celebrating a Tottenham goal against Arsenal… 🤫 https://t.co/LfY3qVnZIE
— Ahmed (@Ahmed91Gooner) November 13, 2017
Mike Dean refereeing the NLD I fucking hate you @FA
— DanAFC🕸️ (@GunnerDJD) November 13, 2017
Mike Dean will be the referee for saturday's NLD.
Arsenal are virtually 1-0 down to a Kane penalty already.
— Gooner Talk (@GoonerTalk) November 13, 2017
Mike Dean reffing the NLD.. mate the FA are actual dickheads
— 🥀 (@sarahhandleyx) November 13, 2017
Dean sent off five players last season – more than any other ref in England’s top-flight – but will he really hurt Arsenal’s chances at the Emirates?
What do you think?