Spurs line up ‘dangerous’ Kane, Alli for Arsenal battle
• Giroud Out For Gunners
Olivier Giroud is set to miss out for Arsenal with a minor injury. The Gunners will assess Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck, who are back in training following lay-offs, while Alexandre Lacazette may earn a recall in today’s game against Tottenham.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks are all expected to feature for Tottenham despite missing England duty because of injury problems.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who sat out the win against Crystal Palace because of a groin injury, could also return.
Back-up goalkeeper Michel Vorm rejoined training on Thursday and will also be assessed, but Toby Alderweireld’s hamstring problem is worse than first feared and the defender will be sidelined until after Christmas.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, says his side are not underdogs for today’s fixture: “No, not at all. Tottenham are a good side but we have the quality to win this game and that’s what we want to show.
“At home we have been very strong and our home strength will certainly be vital to decide where we finish at the end of the season.”
On his part, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “For me, there is no favourites in this type of game. He [Arsene Wenger] is a fantastic manager. I respect him a lot and admire him.
“If you see the history, Arsenal were above Tottenham and [Wenger] deserves a lot of credit for that. To stay in a club five years is because you are a good manager; if you stay 10 years it’s because you must be very good.
“To stay more than 20 years you must be special.”