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Report: Tottenham expect Bukayo Saka to start North London derby

Tottenham expect Bukayo Saka to start the North London derby on Thursday, with The Independent reporting that Spurs believe that Mikel Arteta is playing mind games by labelling him a doubt.

This week’s game could have massive implications for the campaign. Of course, Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League table and on pole position to book a return to the Champions League.

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Tottenham must win Thursday’s contest to close the gap to one point ahead of the final two games. And it did appear that they may have received a boost ahead of the game.

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Arteta suggested in his press conference that Saka is a doubt for the fixture due to injury. He came off with just over 20 minutes remaining of the Gunners’ win over Leeds at the weekend.

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It would be a huge setback for Arsenal to not have Saka available. He is a player Arteta has previously described as ‘incredible‘.

But Tottenham are not actually expecting the England international to have any issues making the team sheet.

The Independent reports that Tottenham believe Saka will start for the visitors. In fact, they simply view Arteta’s claim as mind games.

Tottenham expect Saka to start North London derby

There is certainly a fascinating tension building ahead of the game. Of course, the North London derby never needs any additional subplots to feel important. But this may perhaps be one of the most crucial games for a number of years.

Tottenham have already been given further reason for motivation. Reports claimed this week that they are still seething about this game originally being postponed in January.

Arsenal have to be prepared for an aggressive Spurs performance. It is going to be incredibly emotional. And whichever side keep their heads better may well win.

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