5 reasons Spurs will win the North London Derby — Arsenal v Tottenham

Swindon Town Director of Football Tim Sherwood looks on prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic at County Ground

The Gunners legend has only selected three players from his former club - two in defence and a surprise addition up front.

Now the reverse is true.

Vertonghen has played every minute of every game for Tottenham this season and is the team's top-performing defender. Although that was a 5-1 humbling by Bayern Munich, Arsenal tend to enjoy those home comforts. Tottenham is swiftly banishing any thoughts of Wembley Stadium, its temporary home, being a hoodoo to the team after winning the past two games at the national stadium.

Wenger's last attempt to build a team around a British core - tying Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson to long-term contracts in 2012 - was perhaps not the success he would have hoped for, but in the same period Pochettino has coached 11 England debutants at Southampton or Tottenham. They won't be pushovers.

Pochettino has fashioned the best Spurs team most can remember.

The most-used catchphrase in Premier League journalism right now is that Mesut Ozil doesn't show up in big games. He has to be looked after. The Tottenham boss would be sweating over the fitness of Harry Kane (knee), Dele Alli (hamstring), Harry Winks (ankle), Hugo Lloris (groin) and Michel Vorm (knee). Tottenham enter this match as the better club. There's nothing wrong with Alexandre Lacazette, but truthfully I never even considered putting him in over the Englishman- at the moment, it's just no contest. The North London Derby is upon us as Arsenal play hosts to bitter rivals Tottenham at the Emirates, in what promises to be a mouth watering encounter.

So is there an end in sight for this drought for one of the biggest clubs in England?

Third-placed Tottenham are already four points above the Gunners this season, but Pochettino gave short shrift to the criticism the Frenchman has faced already in the current campaign.

In Pochettino's favour is that the international break appears to have come at a good time.

Speaking in an interview with BetStars, Poyet said: "I think Harry Kane [will score first], because he's on fire".

The talk of a power shift first emerged during the Englishman's reign.

Just as important, Spurs have no need to protect players ahead of next Tuesday's Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund.

Spurs have become the side who seem to put the pressure on and are there or there abouts, but have struggled to convert that into silverware, and while Arsenal are not what they once were, it seems that Wenger still has some advice for his rivals. Mauricio Pochettino's squad enters the fixture four points ahead of the Gunners in the Premier League table.

It's been seven years since Spurs' only win over Arsenal at the Emirates.

Van der Vaart was playing for Spurs that day and laid on the assist for Younes Kaboul's winner. "The comparison will be between the two performances on Saturday and we have a good opportunity to show we are strongest, so let's do it". No one will be counting on City losing points away to Leicester. So Spurs can't afford any slip-ups against Arsenal.

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