Tottenham v Arsenal: Five key battles (1)

Published Add your comment

Football News

Tottenham and Arsenal will go head to head at White Hart Lane in one of the most intriguing North London derbies of recent times.

Both sides come into the game on the back of convincing victories, with key men in rich veins of form, but with doubts still persisting over how permanent these up turns in results will be.

Here are the five battles that will decide Saturday's Premier League opener.

Harry Kane v Per Mertesacker

Harry Kane has been Tottenham’s new wonderkid, banging in twenty goals for the Lilywhites in all competitions and leapfrogging Roberto Soldado and former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor in the pecking order.

An England call up surely beckons, and having signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at White Hart Lane, Kane will be hoping to continue his scoring run.

Per Mertesacker has shown remarkable consistency, and removed the errors that have popped up in his time in England.

With 104 caps for World Champions Germany, the ex-Werder Bremen centre back does not lack experience and will be pleased that he is not up against a forward with real pace.

What Kane does have his great off the ball movement, dropping deep or into wide positions to find space to shoot.

This causes even the best defences trouble, and Mertesacker’s lack of pace means his tendency is to stay in his central position.

If his team mates do not work with him, the German could be exposed.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Jan Vertonghen
Theo Walcott
Tottenham Hotspur

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again