By Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino will be short of options for Tottenham’s landmark showdown against Arsenal on Sunday.
The manager confirmed on Friday afternoon that he could be without five key players, with Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela ruled out through injury, Moussa Sissoko suspended and Mousa Dembele rated doubtful.
Should Dembele, who lasted only 30 minutes of the midweek 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, miss out, Pochettinio could turn to youngster Harry Winks to partner Victor Wanyama in central midfield.
With Dele Alli regarded as such a key attacking threat and more effective closer to the opposition goal than his own, Pochettino might opt to hand Winks his first Premier League start against the high flying Gunners.
Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min are likely to flank Alli, which then leaves either fit-against Harry Kane or Vincent Janssen to spearhead the attack.
Kane has been out injured since September but he returned to training this week and Pochettino admitted on Friday he could even fast-track the striker into the starting XI.
Eric Dier is set to continue to cover for Alderweireld in defence, where he is expected to be joined by Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Dier and Kyle Walker.
Hugo Lloris will try to stop the Gunners from scoring, aided by the tightest defence in the Premier League.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their 10 Premier League matches this season but they have failed to record a victory in any of their last seven games in all competitions.
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