Tottenham Focus – Options for Villas-Boas in the North London derby

Sunday sees the earliest scheduled North London derby for 20 years. In recent years Tottenham may have still be working on bringing players into the club at this time of the season. However, there has been a role reversal this summer; Spurs have completed the majority of their business. At the time of writing, Arsenal seem yet to start.

However for all their lack of activity, Arsenal have quality in their starting XI and smarting from recent criticism will undoubtedly look to the derby to gain bragging rights.

Whether they can against a Tottenham team who have taken six points from a possible six in the league may be another matter. The depth and quality of Tottenham’s squad was highlighted by the number of players rested for the return Europa League fixture against Dinamo Tblisi which saw Spurs cruise to a 3-0 win on the night – 8-0 on aggregate. Spurs will potentially have the majority of their starting XI fresh and rested, whilst Arsenal will have to field players carrying knocks and who played mid-week.

Both teams are likely to line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and the Arsenal team may almost pick itself – apart from whether Arsene Wenger will include new signing Mathieu Flamini in a defensive midfield role. Tottenham coach Andr

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