Early Tottenham team news: 23-year old spearheads attack against Arsenal, midfielder starts - report
By Tony Hughes
Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele will start for Tottenham against Arsenal on Sunday, according to a report.
The Independent claim Kane has passed a late fitness test and has been given the nod by manager Mauricio Pochettino to spearhead the Spurs attack at Emirates Stadium.
The England striker, 23, has been out for seven weeks with an ankle injury but the report states he was ruled fit by Pochettino on Saturday, and will return to the team for the north London derby.
It is said that Dembele also trained fully on Saturday and convinced the manager that he is able to start the landmark clash at in-form Arsenal.
The Belgium international, who lasted only 30 minutes of the midweek 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, is expected to be fit to partner Victor Wanyama in central midfield.
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With Spurs struggling to score goals in recent weeks, the likelihood is that Pochettino will give Kane around an hour to lead the line even though he has been absent for 10 matches.
Pochettino has been relying on Vincent Janssen and Heung-Min Son up front, but on Sunday he will have his main striker back.
The Spurs manager confirmed on Friday afternoon that he will be without four senior key players, with Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela ruled out through injury and Moussa Sissoko suspended.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their 10 Premier League matches this season but they have failed to record a victory in any of their last six games in all competitions.
In other Tottenham team news, this is the expected starting XI against Arsenal.