The last time a North London derby was thrown up at this early a stage in a Premier League season was August 1997, when a Tottenham team including Sol Campbell held Arsene Wenger's Arsenal to a goalless draw at Highbury.
That season, the gulf in quality between the rivals was huge; Tottenham went on to finish 14th and avoid relegation by a mere four points whilst Arsenal secured a domestic double. Wenger has remained at the helm ever since and Arsenal have retained an unrelenting superiority over Spurs, but that gulf has narrowed significantly in recent years, and once again, there is talk at the season's outset that this is Tottenham's best chance of usurping their rivals.
Whilst talk of the many transfer deals they have done and Gareth Bale's departure have dominated discussions regarding Spurs' prospects for the upcoming campaign, at Arsenal the worry has been whether the current squad will have sufficient quality or depth to challenge at the top or even qualify for the Champions League once again.
Things seemed to be coming to a head after the Gunners went down 3-1 at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season and calls for Wenger and the board to splash the cash grew ever louder. But victory over Fulham and a 5-0 aggregate thumping of Fenerbahce have seen optimism boosted to greater levels.
Few Gunners fans would say the squad is complete as it is, but others agree that a few signings could turn them into title contenders rather than merely being good enough for the top four. However, for the visit of Tottenham, it seems that they may have to make do with what they have at present.
That was sufficient to beat Spurs 5-2 last season and the home fans will take solace from that fact when considering any failings in the transfer market ahead of Sunday's game.
Amongst those on the scoresheet last November was striker Olivier Giroud, who, it seems, occupies the main position that Wenger wants to strengthen. After a goal-filled pre season and three goals in Arsenal's first three competitive games, though, some are considering the fact that Giroud might be able to fill the role sufficiently after all.
Having won six aerial duels per game, he is hardly the typical striker one might expect in an Arsene Wenger side, but so far he has been effective. Only Christian Benteke (three) has scored more Premier League goals this season than Giroud (two), who has done so from just two shots on target. Those might have come from a total of eight attempts at goal, but he is still certainly improving on last season, when he took seven games and 10 attempts to register his first shot on target in the league in Arsenal colours.
His pass accuracy has improved this season too - up to a decent 72.3% from 64% last term - and so has his creativity. It is only a small sample this season but having laid on two chances per game so far, he will be hoping to better the meagre two assists he managed in the whole of 2012/13.
His movement has been better this season and more in tune with the thoughts of his teammates, as he showed just six minutes into the campaign with a dart towards the near post to convert Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.
With a WhoScored.com rating of 7.91, he is the best performing Arsenal player so far this season, and continues to comfort worried Arsenal fans with his good run of form in front of goal.
Whilst the reason Arsenal's pursuit of a striker is failing is that few world class ones seem to be available, Giroud is doing a decent job of filling the role for the time being.
All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings.
Alistair Tweedale - @alitweedale