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Forget Moura: Tottenham’s £25.2m-rated lynchpin will be key to beating Arsenal today

The Lilywhites are feeling nervous in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their huge North-London clash with Arsenal in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino welcomes Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side to Wembley this afternoon for the most eagerly-anticipated fixture of the weekend. Both sides will naturally be desperate to record the victory and secure local bragging rights for the foreseeable future, but the importance of the match goes much deeper than that.

Although Arsenal appeared to have a productive transfer window, they could be set for their second successive season in the Europa League unless they can mount a late surge up the Premier League table, and they simply must beat Tottenham at Wembley today if they wish to achieve an unlikely top-four finish

On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on the top-four due to their excellent form of late, and they will be eager to make a huge statement in their bid for Champions League football with a victory this weekend.

The North-London derby is often a feisty affair characterised by raw passion, crunching challenges and plenty of goals at both ends. Considering the wonderful array of attacking talent at the disposal of both managers, it’s likely that the winner of the match will be the side who can outscore their opponent.

With that in mind, there is no doubt that a solo defensive performance could prove to be the difference between the two sides. Arsenal will be buoyed by the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and The Lilywhites should certainly expect a potent attacking performance from their local-rivals, so it’s down to Jan Vertonghen to further solidify his reputation as one of the leagues best central defenders with a derby winning performance.

Vertonghen (valued at £25.2 million by Transfermarkt) will go down as one of the bargains of the Premier League era due to his performances in North-London since 2012. The Belgian international has a phenomenal ability to read the game in vital positions whilst remaining composed and full of purpose in possession.

The quality of Vertonghen’s performance is often a determining factor in dictating the solidity of Tottenham’s defensive unit as a whole, so the former Ajax prospect simply must bring a match-winning performance to Wembley today and inspire his side to nullify the threat of Arsenal’s new-look forward-line.

Thoughts? 

Historically, the North London derby isn’t an easy game to predict. But if you are willing to take a position on the big rivalry game this Saturday, we have an Premier League outright win treble that will pay out handsomely! In this week’s Accy Show, we’ve also put together a fantastic EFL fourfold, with odds that could see you earn ten times your stake. Check it out and let us know where you’re putting your coins this weekend!

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