Tottenham defender Kyle Walker issues warning to Arsenal ahead of cup showdown

Kyle Walker

Spurs host the Gunners in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has warned Arsenal not to underestimate Spurs in tonight’s League Cup clash, in comments covered by the London Evening Standard.

The 25-year old believes the club’s recent good form should not be overlooked by Arsene Wenger’s men, and is confident Spurs will progress.

“They are a good side but we have shown that we can take it to them and we just have to go out the way we have been playing and the way the gaffer wants us to and I think we can get the result,” said Walker, in quotes published by the LES.

“We need to be aware of their good players and show them respect but also they have to remember we are in good form now, they are coming to our patch and they have to show us the same amount of respect because we can be physical and mix it with them.

“We can beat them, especially if they don’t [respect us]. But it is about as much as what we do off the ball as what we do on it.”

North London derbies have become a closer-run thing in recent years, and Mauricio Pochettino is unbeaten against Arsenal as Spurs manager.

A disciplined 1-1 draw at the Emirates last year was followed up by a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture, and Pochettino will be confident of enjoying another successful night.

Spurs have improved after a slow start and now seem to have turned a corner. Recent performances have seen better defensive displays and a new impetus in attack.

The outcome of this fixture could be decided by the extent to which each manager rotates, and Wenger’s lack of fondness for this particular competition could prove costly.

Spurs reached the final last season, only to be denied by Chelsea, and will hope to go one step further this time around.

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