Exclusive: David James backs Tottenham to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup

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David James believes that Tottenham will beat rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and put their name in the pot for the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, the former England goalkeeper believes a revitalised Spurs will take the spoils in the third round cup tie against their North London rivals.

"There seems to be such a bond between Tim Sherwood and his team at the moment you'd imagine they'll beat Arsenal," he said.

"I think now the manager will galvanise that side and I'd imagine he will have no fears about going to play Arsenal I wouldn't be surprised at all if Tottenham are successful."

Tottenham haven't beaten Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium since 2010, but go into the game on a high after securing a 2-1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The north London side are also undefeated in the Premier League since Sherwood took over from Andre Villas-Boas in December.

"He [Sherwood] is very attached to the people he works with. When you looked at AVB you thought 'well he's got that control about him there doesn't seem to be any sort of connection to the people around him."

"You know the frustration that he [AVB] showed on the sidelines, it was kind of like he was doing something wrong where as you look at Tim and he is kind of like "well we're all in this together".

"That bond he's got with his players seems apparent to me, he's going to stand them in good stead.

"There was a moment when Sherwood put a sub on [against Man Utd]  and he stood on the side of the pitch and gave him a tap on the back, I looked at it and went "wow that's the connection he's got with his team". A lot of managers would send the sub out and the other coach would send him on."

While he believes Spurs will pull off a win against their fierce rivals this weekend, the former Manchester City shotstopper doesn't necessarily believe Tottenham's victory over Manchester United on New Years' Day is an indication of how well they are playing at the moment.

He said: "Given the way that Manchester United are playing at the moment it wasn't necessarily as big as beating the team of last season."

The following fixtures will be shown live on BT Sport this weekend:

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City – Saturday 4th January, 12pm, BT Sport 1

Derby County v Chelsea – Sunday 5th January, 1.30pm, BT Sport 1

Manchester Utd v Swansea City – Sunday 5th January, 4.15pm, BT Sport 1

BT Sport will be showing up to 25 live games including the final from this season's FA Cup with Budweiser. BT Sport is free with BT broadband, to find out more visit

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