Arsenal vs Spurs: 5 Key Battles That Will Decide North London Derby

5. Mertesacker vs Adebayor

Our first match up sees Arsenal€™s giant German defensive revelation of the season come head to head with the much maligned figure of Emmanuel Adebayor. Whereas Per Mertesacker has won the home crowd at Arsenal over with his intelligent defensive displays; that same crowd will never forget the acrimonious circumstances in which Adebayor left the club, and they are sure to let him know what they think of him. The two players have had contrasting fortunes this season so far, Mertesacker has cemented himself as one of Arsenal€™s most consistent performers, showing exceptional reading of the game and organisational skill. Adebayor on the other hand has yet to score in the league for Spurs this season and hasn€™t had the start to the season he wanted. Verdict: On current form, Mertesacker must come out on top in this duel, Adebayor is down in the dumps and will face a hostile crowd and the big centre back should be able to handle him. Click 'next' below to read the second entry...

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