Centre back Vertonghen hoping to help Spurs claim bragging rights
PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 November 2018
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A Harry Kane header settled the last north London derby back in February at Wembley Stadium
The first north London derby of the season takes place on Sunday and it looks set to be a cracker.
Arsenal haven’t lost in the Premier League since August 18 while Spurs have won six games in a row since a 1-0 reverse to champions Manchester City on October 29.
Everything points towards a pulsating derby with plenty at stake and Jan Vertonghen, who will hope to start for Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates, knows the significance of this match for the fans and the club.
He said: “It is going to be massive. Arsenal look like a different team and it will be a big game, but we are looking forward to it.
“It is always nice games to play at the Emirates with two teams who want to play football and want to win.
“We have respect for each other in a good way and I am looking forward to it.”
Vertonghen made his first start since the end of September on Wednesday in the 1-0 win over Inter Milan.
The Belgian missed two months with a hamstring injury, but returned for the Group B match and shone alongside Toby Alderweireld.
He will hope to face the Gunners on Sunday in the 2.05pm kick-off, but the decision will be down to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, who may choose to be careful with the experienced defender given how busy December is for Tottenham.
Arsenal lost their first two matches under new boss Unai Emery, but have responded strongly since and put together a wonderful run of form.
It means both the Lilywhites and Gunners will be brimming with confidence when the first whistle is blown this weekend.
“They look like a solid team and have won many games,” Vertonghen said. “They are confident, but we are confident too and it will be a good game.
“We are feeling well and working towards our best form. At the start of the season we were winning games, but maybe not with our best form.
“Now we are growing with every game and Chelsea was obviously very good and then Inter Milan, so hopefully we can keep this going for Sunday.”
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