This Saturday the world will be treated with the North London derby. Both teams are in desperate need of the 3 points as the race for top four seems to be hotting up by the week. With that in mind, both managers will be looking to deploy their best starting XIs possible.
Here’s Tottenham’s likely starting XI.
GK: Hugo Lloris
Tottenham’s undisputed no.1 has become one of Tottenham’s big-game players. He rises to the occasion everytime a North London derby comes around and he’ll be a huge safety insurance for Tottenham’s defence.
RB: Kieran Trippier
Since Kyle Walker left for Manchester City, Kieran Trippier has grown in leaps and bounds. He’s fully established the RB position as his own, even pushing new signing Serge Aurier to the bench. The former Burnley man is now one of Tottenham’s main attacking outlets in possession.
CB: Davinson Sanchez
The £40m-rated defender has been a revelation this season. Since arriving from Ajax, the Colombian has failed to have a bad game in a Spurs shirt. His pace, strength and great aerial ability have allowed him to adjust to the physicality of the Premier League.
CB: Jan Vertonghen
Against Liverpool, the Belgian didn’t have the best of times. He was run ragged by the Reds’ rampant front three. At Anfield, he was dribbled past once and misplaced 13 of his passes, on Saturday he’ll be hoping for a better outing.
LB: Ben Davies
With Danny Rose just about regaining his match fitness, Ben Davies’ extended run in the team is set to continue for at least a few more weeks. In contrast to Trippier, Davies operates in a more reserved role down the left flank to restore balance off the ball.
CDM: Eric Dier
Eric Dier is an assured presence on the ball and defensively solid off the ball. At the base of the diamond, Dier is able to shield the back four whilst quickly dispossessing opponents. Against Arsenal, he’d be tasked with marking Mesut Ozil, a task I’m sure he’s up to.
CM: Dele Alli
This season, Mauricio Pochettino has seemingly shackled Dele Alli rather than give him the free role he needs to thrive. The Englishman has been given more defensive responsibilities this season back at CM. This can be shown by the fact he only created 1 chance in 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
CM: Moussa Dembele
As one of the best ball carriers in world football, Moussa Dembele would be an asset to any team in Europe. His willingness to drive with the ball through the midfield has often allowed Tottenham to counter-attack with pace and purpose.
CAM: Christian Eriksen
There’s no doubt about it, Christian Eriksen is the heartbeat of Tottenham’s attacking play. It’s his chance creating ability that allows his teammates to score so many goals. Even at CAM, the 25-year-old refuses to stay in one place, he often drifts around the final third linking up with others.
RF: Lucas Moura
Lucas Moura didn’t have the best of times in Paris but now that he’s here in the Premier League, he’ll be able to truly express his talents to the world. The Brazilian is one of the best dribblers in the world and for Tottenham, he’ll provide some much-needed width. As Heung-Min Son played on Wednesday night against Newport County, it’s unlikely he’ll start against Arsenal, leaving the door open for Lucas Moura to make his much-anticipated Tottenham debut.
LF: Harry Kane
The best striker in the world seems to be breaking records left, right and centre. With those goalscoring exploits, he’s got the rest of Europe watching his every move and summer draws nearer. Harry Kane’s presence in the team means Tottenham will always have a chance at winning North London derby.