Football

Five talking points

1) Will Kane start?

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Harry Kane will be on the bench at the very least tonight, after the 23-year-old recovered from an ankle ligament injury.

The big question is whether Kane will start, given that the striker has not played competitively in seven weeks.

Tottenham certainly need their talisman back. They have not scored from open play in five games and Kane has an excellent record against Arsenal, having scored four times in the last three league fixtures.

Harry Kane

2) Sanchez or Giroud?

Arsene Wenger also has a selection dilemma up front.

It is hard to argue with the prowess of Alexis Sanchez, who has eight goals in all competitions, but Wenger could pick Olivier Giroud to lead the line, and deploy Sanchez in attacking midfield.

Giroud has made a strong case for inclusion after scoring three times in his last two games.


3) Is Walcott worth the risk?

Theo Walcott's hamstring strain came just as the winger looked to be finding some rhythm, after an impressive start to the season that has yielded eight goals in 12 appearances.

Walcott has missed Arsenal's last three games, but Wenger suggested the forward may be ready for a return tonight, against the side he has scored four times in his last nine games.


4) Invincible Tottenham?

Spurs are enduring a dip after drawing three consecutive games, but they remain the only unbeaten team in the EPL.

Their attack has been misfiring and they have struggled to create chances in recent weeks, but there is no doubt Tottenham's defence remains the meanest in the division.

How Arsenal would love to be the first to beat their rivals this season.


5) Top four or title contenders?

Arsenal have shown the steel that were lacking previously, while Spurs have been vulnerable whenever key players are ruled out.

Tonight's game could be a gauge of who are title contenders and who are just jostling for Champions League qualification.

- PA Sport.

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