26-year-old axed in Pochettino 4-2-3-1: Best possible Tottenham XI to face Arsenal
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Tottenham must make two changes to their side in order to field their best possible team against Arsenal on Sunday.
It will be the final North London derby to be hosted at White Hart Lane, and Mauricio Pochettino should axe Kyle Walker from his XI in order to keep up the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
Kieran Trippier should come in to replace the 26-year-old after a poor performance against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Trippier has been a revelation when he’s come into the side recently, and Pochettino must reward him with a start in the crucial derby.
Pochettino will also have to hope that Mousa Dembele is available after he was hit with an ankle injury in their 1-0 win against the Eagles.
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Dier should be the man to drop to the bench if he is fit. The 23-year-old has been hit-and-miss this season and should be replaced by Son Heung-Min, who has proved that he can be a game-changer in a game Tottenham have to win.
Hugo Lloris keeps his place in goal behind a back four of Ben Davies, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Trippier, as the system changes to the 4-2-3-1 that worked in the second-half against Palace.
The three-at-the-back formation failed against Chelsea on Saturday and proved futile in the opening period at Selhurst Park.
Dembele, if fit, must play alongside Victor Wanyama in the centre midfield while Son should start on the left wing, with man-of-the-moment Christian Eriksen on the right.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane have been two of the best players in Europe this season and must keep hold of their respective places in Pochettino’s team.
If Everton can do Tottenham a favour and beat Chelsea on Sunday, the North London club have the chance to move within one point of the league leaders if they can beat Arsenal.
However Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t lost to Tottenham in over two years and all three of the previous meetings have ended as a draw.
A win is a must for Pochettino and his side this weekend, otherwise their bid to win a maiden Premier League title could be completely derailed.
In other Tottenham news, fans have destroyed Alexis Sanchez for his antics in Arsenal’s win against Leicester.