Why Pochettino must drop Serge Aurier against Arsenal

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017 in...

The Tottenham defender's lack of discipline and positional sense could prove costly.

Serge Aurier of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on September 23, 2017 in London, England.

While winning the Premier League this season will certainly be a very difficult task for Tottenham Hotspur given the excellent form of Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino's side can at least claim to be the dominant side in North London at present.

Going into Saturday's North London Derby at Emirates Stadium Tottenham are three places and four points ahead of rivals Arsenal, with the tantalising prospect of being able to extend that advantage to seven points with a victory.

Serge Aurier of Tottenham is dismissed during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on September 23, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino must wait to see which of his many injury doubts will be available but whatever options he can call upon, the Argentine must think carefully when considering whether to deploy Serge Aurier from the outset.

Aurier has struggled for consistency since joining Tottenham from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window - he has embarked upon some encouraging attacking forays but has often left large gaps defensively and has also shown a lack of discipline at times, notably being sent off against West Ham United in the Premier League.

Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on September 13, 2017...

It is the latter point that is most important for Pochettino to consider going into Saturday's game. North London derbies are of course always tempestuous affairs and Aurier would surely be at risk of a red card if he was to feature, while the Ivorian doesn't provide the same defensive protection as Kieran Trippier does.

While Aurier has started each of Tottenham's last three Premier League games and is capable of featuring on either flank, Pochettino must be brave enough to drop him for the trip to take on Arsenal.

 

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