By Tony Hughes

Erik Lamela has been ruled out of Tottenham’s showdown against Arsenal on Sunday.

Spurs posted an update on their official Twitter account on Friday afternoon that corrected information delivered earlier in the day which originally claimed the attacking midfielder was a “doubt” for the trip to Emirates Stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino subsequently confirmed that Lamela will in fact definitely miss the eagerly anticipated north London derby.

Lamela becomes the second Tottenham attacking midfielder to be absent, with Moussa Sissoko serving the final match of a three-game domestic ban.

The pair are joined on the sidelines by defensive pair Toby Alderweireld and Ben Davies.

Mousa Dembele is also a doubt as Pochettino faces the possibility of being without five senior players for one of the biggest matches of the season.

However, Harry Kane is fit to return after missing 10 matches in all competitions with an ankle injury sustained in mid September.

In Kane’s absence, Tottenham have scored just six Premier League goals in five matches and have slipped out of the top four.

Moreover, Spurs have failed to win any of their last six encounters in all competitions.

In other Tottenham news, Robbie Savage has delivered his verdict ahead of the crunch clash.