SPURS TO PIP EMERY

Irish Sunday Mirror - - SPORT -

WITH Ar­se­nal hav­ing gone 18 games un­beaten and Spurs tak­ing Chelsea apart last week­end, the north Lon­don derby should be a great oc­ca­sion.

I must con­fess that, af­ter see­ing Ar­se­nal lose their first two games un­der Unai Emery (be­low), I thought they were in big trouble.

He ap­peared to be strug­gling to stamp his mark on the side he in­her­ited from Arsene Wenger.

Since then, they have been out­stand­ing, with re­ally good re­sults and de­cent foot­ball.

Un­til that vic­tory over Chelsea, which was fol­lowed up with a Cham­pi­ons League win over In­ter Mi­lan, Spurs had prob­a­bly gone un­der the radar a lit­tle be­cause of the starts that Manch­ester City, Liver­pool and Chelsea had made in the Premier League. No longer. Be­cause that per­for­mance against Chelsea at Wem­b­ley was as good a dis­play as I have seen for a long time. It was hugely im­pres­sive.

I’m not say­ing that they are go­ing to win the ti­tle, but they proved they can live with the best teams.

Also, we will be ex­pect­ing more from Spurs af­ter that.

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino has built an ex­cel­lent team, who are also good to watch.

I think it was no co­in­ci­dence that Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son He­ung-min all started, which hasn’t al­ways been the case. With Chris­tian Erik­sen just be­hind them, it’s some at­tack­ing force.

There are few better front­threes in the coun­try and against Chelsea they were sheer class.

On paper, it has the mak­ings of a fan­tas­tic game, but, with the way Tot­ten­ham played last week, I think I’d go for them.

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