Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Five key battles

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Kaboul v Giroud, Paulinho v Arteta, Adebayor v Mertesacker and more.

The latest North London derby gets under way this weekend with Arsenal travelling to local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Both sides go into this game off the back of negative results with Arsenal exiting the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich while Spurs were well beaten at home against Benfica in the Europa League.

It’s an important game for both sides and one which promises several key battles. We’ve taken a look at some of the possible match ups.

Younes Kaboul v Olivier Giroud

Giroud may drift onto Kaboul’s side of the defence recognising that he hasn’t had a great deal of football since coming back from injury.

Kaboul has the physical core strength to be able to deal with Giroud effectively and it will be interesting to see if the Arsenal forward is up for making it a gritty, aggressive contest.

Sandro v Santi Cazorla

Sandro will most likely be the player in Tottenham’s midfield who sits and looks to break up the play.

Cazorla has been a creative force for Arsenal ever since he joined the club, so one of Sandro’s main jobs will be to stop possession reaching the Spaniard before he can turn and hurt the Arsenal defence.

Paulinho v Mikel Arteta

This will be a battle between two players looking to control the pace and flow of the game in midfield.

They both have good experience and are both superb when it comes to linking the various sections of their teams. Paulinho is probably the more forward thinking of the pair though Arteta is a leader in the Arsenal side and will be very determined to see the side to a win.

Christian Eriksen v Bacary Sagna

If Eriksen starts this game, it will most likely be over on the left where he’ll be faced up against Bacary Sagna.

Sagna’s job will be to stop Eriksen getting into central areas where he’s far more effective, keeping him out on the left where it’s easier for the Frenchman to contain and deal with the Dane.

Emmanuel Adebayor v Per Mertesacker

Adebayor will be up for this because he always plays with a point to prove against the side that sold him.

Mertesacker will most likely take responsibility for Adebayor due to his size and it should be a great battle to watch. Adebayor is more than a forward who presses a centre back, he drops off frequently and will try to pull the German out of position.

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