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Friday 9 December 2016

There's Gunner be a backlash: Kane

Spurs star expects an Arsenal reaction after Bayern hiding

Tottenham's Harry Kane
Tottenham's Harry Kane

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is expecting an Arsenal backlash when he visits the Emirates for the first time in his career on Sunday.

While Spurs have registered two wins in four days against Aston Villa and Anderlecht this week, the Gunners head into the derby on the back of a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Arsenal's Champions League woes, however, have not dampened their domestic form, with Arsene Wenger's men winning their last five consecutive matches and scoring 16 goals in the process.

The run means Spurs start Sunday's game five points behind their rivals in the Premier League table and Kane is expecting Arsenal to feel added motivation after Wednesday's heavy defeat.

"They took a bit of a hiding in midweek and they are going to want to put that right," Kane said.

"We have come off two very good wins so we are going into the game on a high and hopefully we can finish the week off well.

"It is going to be a great battle and everyone is looking forward to it. We want to go there, set a high tempo and play well.

"It was not a good night for them (against Bayern). A lot has been said about that result and, as fellow players, you know they will come out firing to try and put things right. So we know what to expect."

Dramatic

Kane scored twice, including a dramatic 86th-minute winner, when Tottenham beat Arsenal 2-1 at White Hart Lane in February but last season's 1-1 draw at the Emirates came before the forward had shot to prominence under Mauricio Pochettino.

It was this weekend 12 months ago that Kane made his first Premier League start under the Argentinian head coach and with five goals now in his last three games, the 24-year-old appears to be back in form.

"We are going there to win," Kane said. "We are going to have great away support there, as we always do, and we are looking forward to it.

"It is a big game coming up on Sunday and we could not have asked for more from the two games this week. I have never played at the Emirates before so hopefully we can go there and get the win."

Pochettino is hopeful Danny Rose can shake off a knock he picked up against Villa in time for the match while Clinton Njie could also be available after overcoming a minor hamstring strain.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced his squad can quickly recover from their Champions League humiliation at Bayern Munich by beating Tottenham - but admits the growing injury crisis is a concern.

Although centre-half Laurent Koscielny is expected to be available for Sunday's north London derby following a hip problem, captain Mikel Arteta faces a late fitness test on his ankle, but forward Theo Walcott, midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and forward Danny Welbeck all continue their rehabilitation. Right-back Hector Bellerin is also out.

"I am very concerned, honestly, because we are only in November and we have so many players out knowing we go into the Christmas period soon," said Wenger.

"At the moment we have too many players out."

"It was a disappointing result on Wednesday night, but before that we did extremely well in the Premier League so we will try to continue from one competition from the other," Wenger added.

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