Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen shares something that has been bothering him ahead of Arsenal clash

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid argue during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio Santiago...

Arsenal welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates for the highly anticipated North London Derby on Saturday.

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Spurs ace Jan Vertonghen spoke to reporters ahead of his side's huge clash with bitter rivals Arsenal on Saturday, and insisted that he is ready for the North London Derby showdown at the Emirates, whilst admitting that he has actually been struggling with an ankle niggle since his side's Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham last month, as quoted by Sky Sports.

The Belgian has played a key role in Tottenham's successful campaign this season, making 15 appearances in all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino's side, and forming a formidable partnership with Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez at the heart of Spurs' defence.

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur (R) with Jan Vertonghen celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester...

Saturday's game against the Gunners will be a real test of the Lilywhites mettle, and they will need the 30-year-old centre-back to be fully fit and firing, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil expected to lead the line for Arsene Wenger's men.

Vertonghen told reporters that he will be ready for the Derby, although he did admit that he has been affected by an ankle niggle over the past few weeks, as quoted by Sky Sports:

"Yeah, nothing to worry about. I've been struggling for two weeks with it and that's why I didn't play against West Ham in the Carabao Cup but all good, I feel very good today, I am ready for the weekend."

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur holds off Andros Townsend during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on April 26, 2017 in London,...

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The game kicks off at 12:30 on Saturday and can be seen exclusively live on Sky Sports.

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