Key Man Returns As Pochettino Makes 4 Changes | Expected Tottenham XI vs Arsenal
Tottenham take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
Tottenham will look to cement their position in the top four with a positive result when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris is certain to keep his place between the sticks this weekend after keeping another clean sheet during Tottenham’s vital Champions League win over Inter Milan on Wednesday night. Paulo Gazzaniga is expected to keep his place on the bench ahead of Michel Vorm.
Defence: Jan Vertonghen made a successful return to action after coming through his first 90 minutes in two months in midweek and the Belgian international is likely to keep his place alongside Toby Alderweireld. That means Juan Foyth may have to make-do with a place on the bench, despite putting in some excellent displays during Vertonghen’s absence, while Davinson Sanchez remains out through injury.
Kieran Trippier is close to recovering from a groin injury but he won’t be in contention to face Arsenal so Serge Aurier will continue at right back. We could see Danny Rose make his return on the left side of defence after returning to full fitness with Ben Davies given a well-earned breather.
Midfield: Mousa Dembele remains out as the midfielder isn’t expected to return from his ankle injury until the New Year while Victor Wanyama is also on the sidelines after aggravating a niggling knee injury.
Moussa Sissoko has been hugely impressing in recent games so he should keep his place in midfield while Eric Dier may be recalled in place of Harry Winks after being named on the bench against Inter.
Christian Eriksen was also named among the substitutes in midweek so the Danish international is expected to be recalled as he’s a key part of Pochettino’s starting eleven. If the Spurs boss goes with three in midfield then Eriksen may be deployed alongside Dier and Sissoko.
Attack: Erik Lamela is a doubt for the game after picking up a knock against Inter but the Argentinean international would probably have dropped out anyway as Hueng-min Son is set for a recall. The South Korean was excellent against Chelsea last weekend and should come in to the attack after being benched in midweek.
Harry Kane is certain to lead the line up front and Tottenham will need their star man in lethal form in front of goal if they’re to get anything against Arsenal while Dele Alli should take the final place in attack meaning Lucas Moura may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:
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