The three Tottenham players who will be key in North London Derby vs Arsenal


Arsenal vs Tottenham in the North London Derby. It's the one (or two given they are home and away) fixture all Gunners and Spurs fans look for when the new Premier League schedule is announced.

Each club has their own ambitions for the season, whether that be going for the title or aiming for a top four finish and thus Champions League qualification. However, for fans, beating their rivals is one of the most important things.

Wins at the Emirates Stadium are few and far between for Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs have managed to come away from Arsenal's stadium with just one win in 17 attempts, with only one win at Highbury in the Premier League before that too.

It is not a happy hunting ground for Spurs supporters generally, but there is cause for optimism this time around. Five games into the new campaign, Spurs are second in the table, just two points behind Manchester City with their 100 per cent record. Arsenal admittedly, are also only two points behind the leaders, making this North London Derby a hotly anticipated affair.

For Spurs, their forward line will be key, with Son Heung-min in fine form, Dejan Kulusevski among the goals and Richarlison getting on the scoresheet last time out against Sheffield United to lift his confidence. At the back, Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero will also play important roles against a free-flowing attacking Arsenal side.

But it will be in midfield where the game could be won and lost. That's according to former Tottenham man Dimitar Berbatov who think Spurs' midfield trio are the key components in Sunday's match-up.

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Speaking to Betfair, the Bulgarian said: "[Pape] Sarr, [Yves] Bissouma and [James] Maddison are a strong unit together in the middle of the park both defensively and offensively. They move the team up and down. They are the core that can push Spurs forward and also help defensively. When it comes to who is key for Spurs, I could easily say Son, but for me these three will be key against Arsenal.

"I would really like Spurs continue to take risks and be brave, it doesn't matter who they're playing. I expect them to attack and continue to be brave. They take chances, they take risks and that's what the fans want to see. I want to see an attacking display from Spurs, they shouldn't be afraid."

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