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One of the most highly anticipated fixtures of this season is just around the corner. As the experts call it; this is where it gets busy, as Arsenal host their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the 12th fixture of the Premier League. The international break is upon us and while it has affected many a team, everything will be kept aside once the players step onto the field.

It will be an all-injury affected fixture given that Tottenham will be without a couple of star names. Skipper Hugo Lloris is expected to miss the game, while at the same time, Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) sees himself in the same category.

Pochettino was quoted by football.london as saying,

“My information today is we must wait about Toby and Hugo. The scan they are now going to do this afternoon. Sure that tomorrow we will have a better idea about it.

“Today is speculation. We can guess but I think we must wait for the information after the scan and the assessment from the doctor.”

Furthermore, Jan Vertonghen was a doubt for the fixture, but the towering Belgian has declared himself fit. Besides all this, doubts remain over the fitness of Dele Alli and Harry Winks. Furthermore, Harry Kane – who departed from Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad due to injury setbacks, will be back in action.

Pochettino added: “Harry Kane is OK. He’s very good. In the last game he received a kick in his knee, but don’t worry, he’ll be available for the next game.”

For Arsenal, on the other hand, Olivier Giroud has been ruled out for the game, while the likes of David Ospina and Shkodran Mustafi are doubts. Santi Cazorla remains their long-term absentee.

The game is of utter importance for Spurs given that the last time we defeated Arsenal at the Emirates was way back in 2010. However, our most memorable game, at the same venue, remains the meeting of 2008. Aaron Lennon’s injury-time equaliser raised the roof for the travelling supporters and for all right reasons; after all, we marked a fantastic comeback after being two goals down.

David Bentley gave Spurs an early lead, but our celebrations were cut short when Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor made it three for Arsenal. Darren Bent pulled one back but Robin van Persie restored Arsenal’s lead soon after. It was then going to be a late-late show and it perfectly delivered what was promised. Jermaine Jenas’ 89th-minute goal followed by Aaron Lennon’s simple tap-in earned Tottenham a point at the Emirates.

Here is the highlight:

Superb strikes, late drama and wild celebrations

The #NorthLondonDerby in October 2008 had it all. pic.twitter.com/BXRQRDDQxf

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 15, 2017

Here’s how the fans reacted on Twitter:

A prime example of why you should never leave early, we celebrated like we’d just won the league.

— FKA Falafel (@FalafelFpl) November 15, 2017

Still probably the greatest game ive watched down the pub… full of gooners, 3 Spurs, went absolutely ape shit jumping on tables when Lennon equalised – #COYS #NLD

— Luke Millard (@LMills85) November 15, 2017

@grantlane remember watching this with you and Dad, scenes at 77 that night!

— Edward Nicholas (@Helloedd) November 15, 2017

What a game that was. Necking j20s with that equaliser

— James McGarrell (@James_McGarrell) November 15, 2017

What a game. And what scenes in the away end from the remaining 250 #spurs supporters who hadn’t abandoned their team

— Steven Toward (@StevenToward) November 15, 2017

@VARE95 look how empty it is when they equalise imagine leaving early and that happening!

— kieron cook (@kezzacook96) November 15, 2017

Still so clear. JJ and Lennon late strikes and everything erupted!

— Rowland Marsh (@Marshland82) November 15, 2017

@mrstaz27 this was a great match shit result but amazing

— nathan wilton (@nathan_wilton) November 15, 2017

Still get an erection over it now….if we get a 4th the table is going

— Tom Hancock (@spavgooch) November 15, 2017

@jhenrytweets @GeorgeCol90 I tweet this every year, but absolute scenes in lawns bar

— Joe H (@Jahill2018) November 15, 2017

Best ever end to game

— yikyak (@yikyak72) November 15, 2017

 

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Why Tottenham need to be active in the winter transfer window even if they can’t sell players

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Why Tottenham have to buy in January irrespective of possible exits

Tottenham have a big January window coming up. Spurs need to get their house in order after a tough start to the season, and we seem to be out of the race for the Premier League already.

We have only one point from our opening two Champions League games and are out of the Carabao Cup too.

The Times (h/t Sun) claims that Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and Serge Aurier could be sold in January. Tottenham needed to get rid of these unwanted players in the summer but were unable to complete the deals.

Christian Eriksen

We did sign a few players, but only Tanguy Ndombele has been a regular. Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon have been blighted with injuries, with no starts between them.

Spurs have to spend in January

Eriksen, Dier and even Rose should get us some decent money in January, however, Tottenham cannot decide to act after getting rid of these players.

We need more fresh faces to fix things and there is a chance that the players could try to push for a summer move.

Eriksen is a free agent once the season ends and so are Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. The trio can demand higher wages due to the lack of a transfer fee, which would be a blow to our finances.

We have to keep a check on our finances as the new stadium is now open, but Daniel Levy has to loosen the purse strings. Bruno Fernandes is being linked with a January move (h/t Sun), and we could do with some cover for the full-backs too.

We could also do with another centre-back joining the club after Vertonghen and Alderweireld’s struggles this season. There is a real fear of us missing out on the top four if things don’t click. Leicester City and West Ham look decent while Chelsea and Arsenal seem to be winning more than losing.

Having extra players would be a strain on the wage bill, and hopefully, we sell some of the deadwood in January.

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Even if we can’t, Spurs have to spend in January to save a season that had so much potential.

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“He has made the decision” – Journalist has some news regarding Pochettino’s future and it doesn’t sound good

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Duncan Castles claims Mauricio Pochettino is targeting the Manchester United job

Duncan Castles claims that Mauricio Pochettino wants to leave Tottenham but will remain in the Premier League.

Spurs have had a tough start to the campaign under the Argentine and recently lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich.

Tottenham have also been unable to get rid of certain players who wanted to leave in the summer. Three first-team stars are free agents at the end of the season and can leave for nothing.

Castles was speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast and claimed that someone close to Pochettino gave him the information. The journalist added that the Argentine was interested in moving to Manchester United (h/t Sun):

“The information I have from someone close to Pochettino is he has very much targeted a new job.

“In his head, he has made the decision he will be moving on from Tottenham Hotspur.

“And the club I’m the told he is targeting at his next job is Manchester United.”

United would be a terrible move for Pochettino

The club might be struggling at the moment, but Pochettino can get us out of this situation. This is more or less the same team that finished second in the Premier League in 2017 and reached the Champions League final too.

The Argentine does have to get things in shape but running away to United isn’t the right move either.

The Red Devils are in an even worse condition than we are and Pochettino would have to start the rebuilding cycle again at Old Trafford. United lie two points above the relegation zone and their players aren’t doing the business.

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Poch is one of the best in the world and we need him to stick around. Hopefully, we get the season back on track soon and the Argentine stays at Tottenham.

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Transfer news: Tottenham an option for Real Madrid star ahead of possible January move

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Tottenham an option for Gareth Bale in the January transfer window

Gareth Bale has been in decent form for Real Madrid this season. The 30-year-old has won several trophies with the La Liga giants but has never really had a great relationship with the supporters.

Calciomercato adds that the Welsh attacker has been unhappy with the appointment of Zinedine Zidane, and the French manager is in his second stint at the club.

Bale has scored two goals and has a couple of assists for Real this season, however, the 30-year-old will leave the club in January (h/t Calciomercato).

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale celebrates for Wales

The report adds that Bale has the option to return to England with Tottenham as a destination, while Manchester United are also linked with the player. The Welsh attacker was close to moving to China in the summer and could still see that happen in January (h/t Calciomercato).

Spurs need to make signings soon

Tottenham need to sign players and it will be interesting to see our plan of action in January. Bale could be a decent option for us, but his wages are on the higher side and he is ageing.

The Wales international can play in several positions and could bolster our attack. However, Spurs could do with someone who provides longevity to the team.

Tanguy Ndombele celebrates after scoring for Tottenham

Our recent signings have been players with potential and hopefully, we get the right stars soon.

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We need to turn things around quickly and have to beat Watford after the international break.

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London rivals keen on landing Tottenham starlet in the January window

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Crystal Palace keen on loan move for Kyle Walker-Peters

Kyle Walker-Peters seems set for a loan move in the January window, according to the Sun. The 22-year-old has featured in four games for Tottenham this season but hasn’t played for us since the Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

Walker-Peters started the season as our first-choice right-back but Spurs have tried Davinson Sanchez, Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier in that position too.

Kyle Walker-Peters (L)

The report claims that Crystal Palace are keen on the 22-year-old Englishman, and it will be interesting to see if we let him leave.

A questionable call from Tottenham?

Tottenham are already light on recognised right-backs after failing to replace Kieran Trippier. The Englishman has done a great job at Atletico Madrid and has been recalled by Gareth Southgate for the national side.

Letting Walker-Peters go would leave Aurier as the only natural right-back at the club while Juan Foyth can also play in that position.

Serge Aurier
Serge Aurier celebrates scoring for Tottenham

However, Aurier has been inconsistent since his arrival at Tottenham and the Ivorian has his injury problems too. Palace could offer Walker-Peters regular games but we shouldn’t let him leave unless a replacement is in store.

Tottenham’s defence has been a cause for concern this season and we have shipped 10 goals in our last two games.

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The right-back position has been a problem area this season, and the team needs new signings in the January window.

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