Tottenham Hotspur latest: Zanetti and Costacurta describe fear

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Police are on the hunt for an Arsenal fan who threw a banana at Spurs star Gareth Bale in yesterday's North London Derby. Arsenal have also pledged to ban the supporter responsible for life.

Tottenham triumphed in the match to win 2-1, taking them third seven points clear of Arsenal in fifth and two ahead of Chelsea in fourth. Sky Sports have analysed the tactics, substitutions and talking points in fine detail which highlight where the game was won and lost.

The praise is pouring in for Andre Villas-Boas, with the Mail publishing an article on how he hasrebuilt his reputation as one of the game's top bosses, while we have a piece on why AVB is the principle reason behind Tottenham's success. We have also taken a look at Jermain Defoe's cameo comparing his bright substitute appearance with recent Emmanuel Adebayor displays.

AVB has in turn been praising his squad, with Gylfi Sigurdsson being singled out as 'fantastic' with the boss commenting he is glad the midfielder is showing what he can do. Benoit Assou-Ekotto was another commended highly by his boss.

Michael Dawson was one of Spurs' star men in the win, featuring prominently alongside Jan Vertonghen in defence. We have taken a look at how an injury to another centre-back could see him in line to win back an England starting spot.

Dawson himself has probably upset Rio Ferdinand by comparing Gareth Bale to Cristiano Ronaldo, speaking in glowing terms about his teammate. "Gaz is up there with Ronaldo and Messi in terms of ability - he’s one of the best players in the world at the moment, and probably the best in the world for me right now."

Former AC Milan defender turned pundit Alessandro Costacurta has described Gareth Bale as 'scary' ahead of the tie between Inter Milan and Tottenham in the Europa League this week. The Italian said Inter had been particularly 'unlucky' with the tie.

The legend who could be faced with stopping him has expressed his reservations about the task ahead. Javier Zanetti, 39, is likely to take on the Welshman at White Hart Lane and has already stated Bale will be 'difficult to deal with.'

In surprise transfer news, Aaron Lennon has been linked with this week's opponents Inter Milan. The star could be the subject of an £8 million bid, report the Express.

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