Paul Merson names advantage Tottenham will have against Arsenal
The Arsenal legend believes Tottenham Hotspur will have the fittest players on the pitch in the north London derby
Paul Merson believes Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will be the fittest players at The Emirates when Arsenal visit for the north London derby on Saturday.
The Spurs forward withdrew from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their internationals against Germany and Brazil following Kane’s recent hamstring problem.
Kane was forced to sit out Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United following his knock before he returned to help Spurs ease to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
The 24-year-old striker has scored eight goals and has made one assist in 10 appearances in the Premier League as well as netting five goals in four Champions League fixtures.
Arsenal will welcome Tottenham to The Emirates next weekend and Kane should be fit to feature in the north London derby.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Kane will be the fittest player on the pitch after sitting out the international break.
“Big advantage, Tottenham, big advantage,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Harry Kane’s not going to play in the next two games, he is going to get fit. He is going to be ready for this game.
“He is probably going to be the freshest player on the pitch, so for me that is a massive advantage for them.”
Kane scored 29 goals in 31 games in the Premier League last term as the Tottenham striker finished as the division’s top goal-scorer.
The Spurs man has a good record against Arsenal after netting six goals in his last six north London derbies.
In fact, Kane has netted in four successive meetings with Wenger’s team.