Ian Wright: Tottenham can win north London clash v Arsenal if they do this
By Will Butcher
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright thinks that Tottenham can claim three points against his old club Arsenal on Sunday.
But Wright believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side will only win the game if they rest Harry Kane against Champions League rivals Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
Speaking to BT Sport, Wright revealed that Tottenham have missed their star striker after failing to win in their last five league and cup encounters.
“I’d rest him [against Leverkusen],” Wright said. “You look at Spurs and the way they’ve struggled in the last few weeks in respect of scoring goals, not winning games I think they should’ve won.
“If Harry Kane was there they’d have probably won a couple of those games and confidence would have been a lot higher in the team at the moment.”
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The striker has been sidelined since being stretchered off at White Hart Lane during Spurs 1-0 victory over Premier League strugglers Sunderland.
However, Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Kane and other first-team star Toby Alderweireld could rejoin the side for Tuesday night’s Champions League Group E clash against the German outfit.
Wright, who played for Arsenal between 1991 and 1998 after moving from neighbours Crystal Palace, believes that Tottenham will beat Arsenal if Kane is rested.
Spurs drew 1-1 on Saturday against Premier League champions Leicester at White Hart Lane, as Holland international Vincent Janssen struck his first domestic goal for the north London side.
A win against Wright’s old side could see Spurs close the gap on league leaders Manchester City if Pep Guardiola’s side drop points next weekend.