Not the best of weeks for Spurs fans, following the shock home defeat at the hands of Newcastle, and the constant rumours of an unsettled squad AND of Mauricio Pochettino’s imminent departure.
Football media’s shit-stirring is in aid of causing distress amongst Spurs fans and hopefully more clicks to fabricated stories. Is there a mini-crisis at Spurs? Well, a win at the Emirates against our biggest rivals would certainly turn things around.
But is that at all possible? The cut and thrust of a North London derby will definitely ensure that there will be more space for Spurs’ attackers in the Arsenal’s half compared to the Newcastle game and this might be a game that suits Spurs.
Spurs, as usual, have injury problems. The latest of which finds Kyle Walker-Peters unavailable for action and with the other right-back Serge Aurier possibly on his way out, that leaves Pochettino running out of options as far as the right back/half position is concerned. Possible back-ups like Juan Foyth and Eric Dier are also unavailable to Pochettino as well it seems.
According to media reports, Arsenal are having a better early season than Spurs and will probably be installed as favourites for this derby. Well, considering Spurs’ abysmal record at the Emirates that assessment is well-founded.
Still, Spurs are most dangerous with their backs against the wall, as demonstrated more than a few times last season but do not count Spurs out just yet. Much will hinge on whether Pochettino can get his tactics right and the mindset of the players in the cauldron of a local derby.
A draw would probably be a good result in the circumstances with defeat to be avoided at all costs.
Possible line-up : Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Sissoko, Winks, Eriksen, Rose, Lamela, Son, Kane.