Vertonghen ready for Emirates showdown


Jan Vertonghen has declared himself fit, raring and ready to go for the north London derby according to an article by Sky Sports

Super Jan has been nursing a minor ankle injury in the last couple of weeks and sat out Belgium’s 3-3 draw against Mexico in Brussels last weekend.

The article adds however he came through the 1-0 win over Japan last night night unscathed and has given Mauricio Pochettino’s injury ravaged side a major boost ahead of the game against the auld enemy.

It says he spoke to reporters after the match in Bruges in which Vertonghen said: “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.”

It’s adds that with internationals now out of the way, Vertonghen can concentrate on the trip to the Emirates on Saturday lunchtime and he is hoping for what would be his first ever away win in the north London derby.

Vertonghen said: “I can’t recall I’ve won at the Emirates so that’s what we’re going for this weekend.
“Obviously we’re doing well with Spurs, Arsenal as well, and it will be a good game.They are always good games, always positive games, always respect between us, two positives sides who make good games.”

Vertonghen partnered former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen in the heart of Belgium’s defence against Japan but the article adds that the pair will now have to put friendships to one side as Vertonghen focuses on domestic rivalries.

Vermaelen added with a degree of understatement: “Well I hope Arsenal win, it’s going to be a tough game, I look forward to the game.
“Big rivals, big games and all the players from both clubs look forward to playing them.

So it looks like Vertonghen is raring to go for the derby showdown. Been a colossus for us more so this year. Vital player and great to see he’s 100% ready

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