Charlie Nicholas has his say on who will win between Arsenal and Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are now just a matter of days away from the first North London Derby of the season, but it doesn’t come at a great time for the club.

Spurs come into the away match at the Emirates off the back of a shock home defeat to Newcastle United, as well as five dropped points in just three Premier League matches.

Some Spurs fans would have been hoping for a title push this season after spending money on Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, and Ryan Sessegnon, but those hopes seem to be fading.

A win at the Emirates could kickstart Tottenham’s season, but a loss could throw the club into turmoil after just four games.

Pochettino will have to decide whether to recall the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen for the match, but full effort is expected from all chosen players in a NLD.

Charlie Nicholas has predicted a 4-2 Arsenal win this weekend.

He said (Sky Sports): ‘I cannot say I expected any more from the Liverpool game last week. Arsenal played alright – David Luiz cost us with stupid mistakes, which is what he does at times. Arsenal did not deserve anything but they could have threatened.

‘Unai Emery didn’t play Alexandre Lacazette and Dani Ceballos should have played further forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe had chances and I did not come away feeling overly disappointed. I do not feel like we got embarrassed.

‘Emery does not trust his players enough. He always tends to leave Lacazette out and go with pace. Joe Willock did okay, but didn’t get on the ball much. You need to go into these games with the best attackers.

‘I would always play Lacazette through the middle, Pepe on the right and Aubameyang on the left. Tottenham are nervous at the moment and mistakes always come from these matches. Ceballos needs to be closer to the front three too.’

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