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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, no, it’s not Christmas, it’s the North London derby time!
Arsenal and Tottenham have provided us with some truly memorable Premier League matchups over the years; Whether it’s the 5-4 barnstormer in 2004 or the Spurs’ phenomenal comeback in a 4-4 draw at Emirates Stadium in 2008, you can always count on these two when it comes to value for money.
No North London derby goes without comment, but this one looks like it has a little extra edge. Not only are Spurs welcoming fans to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the match, but with José Mourinho’s men at the top of the Premier League, the Gunners will no doubt be desperate to reduce their neighbors’ title ambitions.
Let’s take a look at the starting eleven Mourinho should pick for this weekend’s derby.
Joe Hart (GK): It looks like he will make his Premier League debut for the club with rumors about Hugo Lloris’s fitness continuing to circulate. Hart was not covered in glory against LASK Thursday night and will no doubt be willing to make amends.
Serge Aurier (RB): After receiving a lot of criticism last season, Serge Aurier has put in some good performances as a right-back this season. The Ivory Coast international now appears to be Mourinho’s first-choice right-back in the Premier League.
Toby Alderweireld (CB): He is expected to take a late physical fitness test, but should make it to the starting XI. Joe Rodon had an impressive performance in his absence, although a couple of lapses in concentration against Chelsea will no doubt see Mourinho opting for the more experienced Belgian if he proves his fitness.
Eric Dier (CB): Apparently the Spurs’ number one center-back this season. Another defender who looks like a completely different defender under Mourinho, showing much less vulnerability and erratic tendencies.
Sergio Reguilon (LB): He has been a stellar addition to Tottenham’s bottom line and already appears to be a canny buy. Lots of quality and energy to help both ends of the field.
Moussa Sissoko (CM): Add strength and athleticism to Tottenham’s midfield and he could be a key man in the derby. Appeared in eight of Spurs’ ten Premier League games this season.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM): He has adjusted perfectly at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The kind of physical and combative player that every good Mourinho team has had in their heart.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM): After a turbulent start to his career at Spurs, he’s really starting to find his feet at the club. Powerful, athletic and with brilliant technical ability, he could be a great asset to the club.
Steven Bergwijn (RW): He stretched his legs with a 25-minute cameo against LASK and appears to be Mourinho’s preferred option on the right in the Premier League.
Harry Kane (ST): Mourinho confirmed midweek that he expects his star forward to be fit in time for the clash. If he scores on Sunday, he will become the leading scorer in the Spurs-Arsenal matchups, beating Emmanuel Adebayor and Bobby Smith, who are currently alongside Kane in ten.
They are Heung-min (LW): He was a surprise inclusion on the Europa League squad in the middle of the week, and perhaps even more surprisingly he played 82 minutes against LASK. He will undoubtedly remain elected from the start on Sunday, as he and Kane appear to be facing riots. other Defense of the Premier League.