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The big game is here and while many predicted that this would be the deciding match for the title, the inefficiencies of both the London teams has come to the fore and the game is now one that could decide who amongst Tottenham and Arsenal could be the closest challengers for Leicester.

Tottenham were poor in their last London derby against West Ham and rightly lost to a brilliant side set out by Slaven Bilic. West Ham were never going to be an easy team to play against and Tottenham were caught out, but Arsenal had no excuses and still ended up losing to Swansea at the Emirates, which severely dented their chances of winning the league title.

This North London derby isn’t just about pride anymore; it is about making it to the promised land of the Premier League title.

Team news:

Tottenham don’t have any fresh injury concerns to deal with, though the injuries to Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele do seem to be affecting the side now, with more games being played. Tottenham will hope that Dele Alli is fit to start the game and continue his great form that has seen him almost become a sure shot for the England side for the Euros.

Arsenal were already limping with the injuries to Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny but the major loss would be of Petr Cech who could be out till April. That would mean playing the not always reliable David Ospina and that is never a good thing for the Gunners, especially in the run up to the end of the season.

Probable starting line-ups:

Tottenham starting XI: Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Moussa Dembele, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane

Arsenal starting XI: David Ospina, Hector Bellerin, Gabriel Paulista, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud

Stats:

  • Arsenal have beaten Tottenham just once in their last seven visits to White Hart Lane in the Premier League
  • Harry Kane has scored twice in three games against the Gunners
  • Arsenal haven’t lost four games in a row in all competitions since 2002

Form guide: Last five Premier League games (Right most game being the last one played)

Tottenham: WWWWL

Crystal Palace: DWWLL

Prediction:

This will be a tight and tense affair between the two sides and it should be a cagey game due to how much is on the line for the two sides. Tottenham are the home side and that could well be the reason why they just about squeak past Arsenal, and the fact that Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny will be missing for the Gunners.

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Tottenham name the price for out-of-contract star as Spanish giants meet with club authorities

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham meet with Atletico Madrid over Eriksen’s sale

Spanish outlet AS (h/t Mirror) claims that Tottenham want €60-70million from Christian Eriksen’s sale as the Dane enters the final year of his contract.

The 27-year-old was signed from Ajax in 2013 and has become one of the best in the Premier League.

The Dane helped us reach the Champions League final last season, but wants a different challenge ahead of the new season.

Eriksen has travelled to Asia for the pre-season tour but the report claims that Atletico Madrid are set to bid for the Dane.

A Tottenham member also met with the CEO of Atletico, Miguel Angel Gill, to discuss a deal for Eriksen (h/t Mirror).

Atletico making moves in the window

The La Liga giants have been busy in this transfer window, having sold Antoine Griezmann and bought Joao Felix.

Kieran Trippier also joined them from Tottenham a few days ago, and the report adds that they could sell Angel Correa to Inter Milan.

Kieran Trippier

They would need to reinforce their attack, with James Rodriguez and Eriksen being linked with moves to the Wanda Metropolitano (h/t Mirror).

Getting €60-70million from the Dane’s sale would not be a bad deal, especially if he is off to a foreign club.

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Keeping him for another year runs the risk of him leaving for free while we need to avoid selling the Dane to a Premier League rival.

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Bundesliga giants interested in Tottenham target who took La Liga by storm last season

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Spurs transfer news: Bayern Munich interested in Giovani Lo Celso

The Sun claims that Bayern Munich are interested in Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso.

The Argentine enjoyed a great season in La Liga after joining Betis on a season-long loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain.

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso

Lo Celso scored 15 times for the club in La Liga, and Betis signed the Argentine for £20m in the summer (h/t Sun). The 23-year-old is also being chased by Manchester United, while the report adds that Tottenham were leading the race at one point.

However, Tottenham are uninterested in paying £60million for the talented midfielder, and Lo Celso has told Betis he wants to join Spurs (h/t Sun).

The 23-year-old could play as an attacking midfielder and is versatile enough to play out wide too.

Tottenham see Lo Celso as an Eriksen replacement

The report claims that Tottenham see the Argentine as a replacement for Christian Eriksen. The Dane is out of a contract at the end of next season and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Tottenham have also seen a £53m bid rejected earlier in the window for the Argentine, and Mauricio Pochettino wants Lo Celso at Tottenham next season (h/t Sun).

Lo Celso did well for the national side in the Copa America too, and it will be an interesting summer for him.

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The 23-year-old would be a great signing for Spurs, but Bayern could move for him given that their other target, Callum Hudson-Odoi, seems et to remain at Chelsea (h/t Sun).

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Tottenham target Brazilian left-back as possible replacement for Danny Rose

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham target Ismaily as Danny Rose’s replacement

Danny Rose was left behind by Tottenham as the team went off to Asia for a pre-season tour.

The English defender will try to seal a move away in the summer and Calciomercato (h/t Football.london) claims that Spurs see Ismaily as a replacement for the left-back.

Ismaily
Ismaily

The Brazilian has tons of experience playing for Shakhtar Donetsk and was even selected for a friendly by the national side.

Ismaily, however, signed a new deal with Shakhtar recently (h/t Football.london) and he is an interesting choice to replace Rose.

Age should be a factor when searching for Rose’s replacement

Spurs have Ben Davies as the other senior left-back in the team, and the Welshman signed a new long-term deal to stay at the club.

Ismaily might have a ton of experience, however, he is not a young defender being 29-years-old.

Spurs should consider signing defenders who have the potential to develop further, while Ismaily is in the prime of his career.

The Brazilian would not be a bad second choice to provide cover for Davies, however, the left-back would want to start regularly as he does with the Ukrainian side.

The 29-year-old is an attacking full-back, who would work well under Mauricio Pochettino, and it will be interesting to see if we sign him once Rose leaves.

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The English defender did a decent job for us in the second half of the previous campaign and we should get a good deal by selling him.

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Tottenham offer £200,000-a-week contract in hopes of keeping 27-year-old star

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham offer Eriksen £200,000-a-week contract in hopes of keeping star

Tottenham have offered Christian Eriksen a new contract worth £200,000-a-week, according to the Daily Mail (h/t Metro).

The Danish midfielder will be a free agent at the end of next season and several top European clubs are interested in his services.

Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona are all keen on the 27-year-old (h/t Metro), and the Dane also spoke about taking up a new challenge recently.

Tottenham want to keep hold of their creative midfielder and the report claims that the new deal is substantially higher than his current contract worth £80,000-a-week.

Eriksen, however, is taking his decision not on the basis of wages offered but on the possibility of a great opportunity arising (h/t Metro).

Madrid and Barcelona have spent big this summer while Juventus have also been big spenders in the transfer window.

Spurs have to make a decision on Eriksen

The report adds that Daniel Levy could look to sell Eriksen this summer if the Dane does not sign a new deal with the club.

Tottenham need to wrap up their transfer business as quickly as possible since losing Eriksen just before the start of the season would mess up our preparations.

The Dane has travelled with the side for the pre-season Asia tour and should feature against Juventus and Manchester United in the coming days.

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Eriksen is one of the best in the Premier League and hopefully, we find the right replacement for the 27-year-old.

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