Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to end their recent disappointing form which has seen them drop out of the title race when they welcome arch-rivals Arsenal to Wembley for Saturday’s North London derby.

Spurs go into this weekend’s clash on the back of two consecutive damaging defeats – at the hands of Burnley and fellow London rivals Chelsea – leaving their hopes of challenging for the title in tatters and their top-four spot in doubt.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, however, is likely to be boosted with the return of centre-back Jan Vertonghen, who missed his side’s midweek trip to Stamford Bridge with a hip problem.

Midfielder Harry Winks, meanwhile, is also set to be assessed prior to kick-off and the Englishman’s inclusion would be a huge plus for Spurs in their search for three points.

The visit of Unai Emery’s Arsenal is thought to be soon for Tottenham’s influential attacking midfielder Dele Alli, with the England international out of action since January with a hamstring injury.

Doubts also remain over the availability of fellow Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier – the former Sporting Lisbon man also sat out Wednesday’s defeat to Chelsea due to illness but it remains unclear whether he will play a part against the Gunners.

Defeat at the hands of Arsenal will see the gap between the sides cut to just one point and with Manchester United taking on struggling Southampton at Old Trafford, just two points could separate Tottenham and fifth place.

Recent speculation has once against suggested that Pochettino could be set to depart the North London club this summer, with reigning European champions Real Madrid thought to be the Argentine’s next destination.

Which makes Saturday’s derby day all the more important for Tottenham.

Should Spurs finish the season outside the top four, there is every chance that the former Southampton boss will decide to walk away from the club at the end of the campaign.


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