- Venue: White Hart Lane
- Date: Sunday, March 3rd
- Time: 4pm
- TV: Sky Sports 1
Jermain Defoe has resumed training for Tottenham and returns to the squad, but will likely start the match amongst the substitutes.
Tom Huddlestone, Sandro and Younes Kaboul remain out, while Clint Dempsey has picked up a calf injury and won’t play.
Arsenal are still without long-term absentee Kieran Gibbs, while Bacary Sagna injured his knee earlier in the week and is definitely out. Abou Diaby is doubtful with a thigh injury but may still make the squad.
Source – Premier League.com
It’s all to play for as only 4 points separate Tottenham and Arsenal heading in to this huge match.
The North London derby is always an interesting one and both teams will be looking to make quick starts.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has all but conceded that a loss, resulting in a gap of 7 points between the teams, would be too big a mountain to climb for his team.
As usual of late, all eyes will be on Gareth Bale as the Welshman continues his exceptional run of goalscoring and form – though Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger insists his team won’t be making any plans to focus on stopping the speedy winger.
Both managers have late decisions to make regarding injuries. Whether Defoe will start ahead of Adebeyor for Spurs and whether Diabe will start for Arsenal being the main decisions to consider.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Dembele, Parker, Bale, Holtby, Lennon, Adebayor.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Monreal, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud.
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This article was first posted on March 3, 2013