By Amir Mir
Jan Vertonghen has insisted that Tottenham “normally do well against teams like that”, ahead of their showdown with Arsenal on Sunday.
Premier League title-chasers Spurs travel to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon, in what is expected to be a game of high quality and intensity.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are the only unbeaten team in England’s top-tier this season, but have recorded a league high of five draws this term.
They drew 1-1 with Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, but have now gone four games without a goal from open play.
Nonetheless, centre-back Vertonghen believes Spurs can perform against the Gunners, and it’s Arsenal who are aiming to pick up their first league victory against their rivals since Pochettino took over.
In the four league games they’ve played since Tottenham’s new manager took over, there have been three draws and Spurs have won the other.
“Normally we do well against teams like that,” Vertonghen told the Evening Standard. “It will be a very intense game, with both teams playing positive, attacking football.”
Arsene Wenger’s side are third in the table with 23 points, following their 4-1 victory at Sunderland at the weekend.
They are three points ahead of their north London rivals who are fifth, with only goal difference separating the top three sides.
Before their eagerly-awaited Premier League clash, both teams have to contest their Champions League group games.
Arsenal take on Ludogorets on Tuesday night, while Tottenham host German outfit Bayern Leverkusen at Wembley on Wednesday.
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