Tottenham v Arsenal preview

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to tweak too much

given their recent run of form, with all eyes set to be on Gareth

Bale once again when Spurs play host to North London neighbours


The Welsh winger has netted eight times in his last six

appearances – including a number of spectacular strikes – and

Arsenal must find a way of keeping him quiet if they are to shackle


Clint Dempsey remains about a week away from a return to fitness

as he continues to nurse a calf complaint.

Jermain Defoe remains sidelined with a foot injury, meaning

Emmanuel Adebayor will continue to lead the line, while Tom

Huddlestone (knee) is also on the treatment table.

Arsenal will be without defender Bacary Sagna for their short

trip to White Hart Lane.

The French full-back is struggling with a knee injury and has

been ruled out of contention by Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners boss may, however, welcome Abou Diaby into his ranks

on Saturday, with the midfielder rated at 50-50 to shake off a calf


Left-back Kieran Gibbs is out with a thigh injury, but Laurent

Koscielny and Lukas Podolski are pushing hard for recalls after

finding themselves on the bench for last weekend’s home date with

Aston Villa.