London: Mauricio Pochettino has set his sights on turning Tottenham into north London’s pre-eminent force as he aims to knock Arsenal off their perch at the Emirates Stadium today.
Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor
Pochettino’s club have won just once at the home of their bitter rivals since May 1993, a 3-2 success in November 2010 when Harry Redknapp was in charge at White Hart Lane.
The 42-year-old Argentine will take charge of his first game against the Gunners since being appointed as head coach at White Hart Lane, but he is well aware how much the derby means to Tottenham supporters.
Although Tottenham have won just twice at Arsenal in the Premier League era, Pochettino is targeting a victory this weekend to kickstart his bid to ensure his team finish above their neighbours from along the Seven Sisters Road for the first time in 19 years.
Pochettino, who left Southampton to succeed Tim Sherwood in May, said: “We are ambitious. We arrived three months ago and we need to make our way but we are focused on the game and know the history. It is also important to write the history, starting now. I know it is a very important derby. It is very important for us and our supporters.”
Pochettino is likely to make significant changes, including recalling former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor up front. The Arsenal starting line-up is also set for a transformation with midfielder Mathieu Flamini will be passed fit, having missed the last three games.
2: Number of times Spurs have won at Arsenal in the Premier League era
As the London sides clash in another derby
Laurent Koscielny vs Emmanuel Adebayor
Koscielny, having developed a strong partnership with Per Mertesacker in Arsenal’s defence, will need to be at his mobile best to keep tabs on ex-Gunner Adebayor, who would like nothing more than to add to his goal tally.
Mesut Ozil vs Mousa Dembele
Ozil excelled in his free number 10 role against Aston Villa, scoring the first and setting up the second. Midfield enforcer Dembele will be out to stop the supply chain through Arsenal’s rampaging midfielder, which has plenty of outlets other than the World Cup winner.
Danny Welbeck vs Younes Kaboul
Welbeck will be full of confidence after opening his Arsenal account at Villa Park. However, Spurs captain Kaboul will be shadowing Welbeck, who is at his most dangerous when playing off the last defender. -- PA Sport