Tottenham boosted ahead of Arsenal clash by Emirates loss

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Arsenal's 2-1 loss against Southampton in the Carling Cup Third Round on Tuesday night has left Tottenham Hotspur full of hope for a first victory at the Emirates Stadium since 2010.

An Alexis Sanchez free-kick was the only real fight Arsenal could muster against a strong Saints team, and Mauricio Pochettino will definitely review the the night in order to explore the Gunners' weaknesses. 

Although winning 57 per cent of the overall possession last night Arsenal had only seven attempts, with five were on target.


Spurs must avoid giving away too many corners and free-kicks, as the Gunners didn't look that dangerous from open play, and so might only pose a real threat if they are given a dead-ball situation.

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The reaction?

After an unacceptable 1-0 loss to West Brom last weekend at White Hart Lane a big reaction is expected from Tottenham. As boss Pochettino fumed earlier this week to his squad, Spurs have to be more aggressive if they want to turn matches in their favour.

And they will have to hold Wenger's men firmly for the whole 90 minutes at the Emirates Stadium Saturday, with a strong defence and the clinical Erik Lamela and Cristian Eriksen upfront will be the keys of Spurs success.

Their [Spurs'] match against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night in the Carling Cup Third Round will be a huge game in which to prepare and see what needs to be fixed ahead of the north London derby.


Last weekend Spurs did keep well the possession, with an overall of 63 per cent, and the return of Belgian star Moussa Dembele had definitely strengthened their midfield area.

Yet the problems were upfront against West Ham, with a lack of efficiency in their opponent's box, with only one shot on target in seven attempts, ultimately costing them.

Time to showcase

White Hart Lane is once again under new management this season but Pochettino should bring stability and steer Tottenham to some brilliant European nights again sooner rather than later.

This weekend, it's time for Spurs to show the Premier League that they are top four contenders again and lose their 'Sleeping giant' reputation.

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