Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino does not have any new injury concerns ahead of their clash against arch rivals Arsenal on Sunday (8 November), but they will be without midfield trio Nabil Bentaleb, Alex Pritchard and Nacer Chadli, who are yet to recover from their respective ankle injuries. The Argentine manager, however, will have the services of Heung-Min Son, who made his return from injury during their midweek clash against Anderlecht.
"Nabil Bentaleb, Alex Pritchard and Nacer Chadli - all recovering from ankle injuries - remain sidelined. Heung-Min Son returned to action against Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday night," a statement on Spurs' official site read.
The White Hart Lane outfit are coming into the game against the Gunners in a buoyant mood following their good run of form in recent weeks in the Premier League and in Europe. They are unbeaten in the league since the opening day loss at the hands of Manchester United. Pochettino understands that it is a difficult but very important game, not only in terms of the league, but also for the entire club and its fans. He has urged his team to compete and fight for every ball when they get on the pitch at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
"It's a very tough game and a very important game for us and our supporters. We know what this game means. We go there in good form, we need to be ready and to arrive in good condition on Sunday," Pochettino said, as quoted on Tottenham's official site. "We know it's an important game, they know as well. It's the derby. We need to be brave and to go to the Emirates to compete in every action and for every ball."
It is quite a contrast when compared to their opponents, who despite being on a good run in the Premier League, are coming into the game on the back of a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League and an injury crisis that threatens to derail their impressive start to the season, which sees them level on points with pacesetters Manchester City.