Arsenal urgently need the points, too, with qualification for the Champions League out of reach in sixth. Arsène Wenger’s side are five points shy of Manchester City in fourth but with a game in hand.
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Tottenham boss Pochettino has several pressing injury concerns ahead of the weekend. Mousa Dembélé was withdrawn at half-time during Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace with an ankle problem. That should mean Eric Dier moving into midfield as club-record signing Moussa Sissoko has scarcely been entrusted to start this term.
But Dier moving into midfield creates another headache for Pochettino who will lose one of his three centre-backs. Austrian Kevin Wimmer would be the natural successor but, again, he is not in the Argentine’s circle of trust. Ben Davies might have dropped back to left-sided centre-half but he is required at left wing-back thanks to Danny Rose’s knee injury.
That all means Kyle Walker could move to right-sided centre-half with Kieren Trippier taking up the right wing-back role. Another candidate would be Heung-min Son but the South Korean was disastrous as a wing-back in Spurs’ FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea last weekend and conceded a penalty.
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