Tottenham face big title test at Arsenal


Tottenham Hotspur visit Arsenal on Sunday hoping to give their Premier League title hopes a huge shot in the arm.

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Spurs head into the weekend third in the table, but with an eight point gap to leaders Manchester City they will be eager to prove they are genuine contenders for silverware against their big rivals.

Arsene Wenger’s side are a further four points behind Spurs and desperately need a victory to boost their chances of a top four finish this season.

Pochettino faces a late selection dilemma, with a number of key players struggling with injuries.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli both pulled out of the England squad for the games against Germany and Brazil, although the pair should be fit to face Arsenal.

Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen are also likely to be available for selection, while Harry Winks could be in contention for a place on the bench. Toby Alderweireld, Michel Vorm and Victor Wanyama are still sidelined.

Olivier Giroud is a big doubt for Arsenal after suffering a thigh injury while playing for France. Santi Cazorla and Rob Holding have been ruled out of the match.

Arsenal are marginal favourites to win the game, although Spurs can take plenty of heart from their recent record against the Gunners.

Pochettino’s side have won two and drawn four of their last six league meetings with Arsenal and their record away from home throughout 2017 is also excellent.

No side has won more Premier League away games during the calendar year than Spurs (10), while they have also scored a league-high 37 goals on the road in 2017.

Despite their recent struggles against Spurs, Wenger’s side head into the game full of confidence. The Gunners have won their last ten league games at the Emirates Stadium, including five out of five this season.

With Spurs taking just nine points from a possible 48 from games against last season’s top six sides since Pochettino was appointed in 2014, the home side could be worth backing to come out on top this weekend.

Spurs have already lost against Chelsea and Manchester United this season and unless that record improves quickly it seems unlikely that they will mount a serious title challenge.

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