Mauricio Pochettino told Tottenham have to beat Arsenal to keep title hopes alive

Craig Bellamy believes Tottenham need to beat Arsenal to keep their title hopes alive this weekend

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Craig Bellamy believes Tottenham Hotspur have to beat Arsenal at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon to remain involved in the title race.

Spurs have made an impressive start to the Premier League season following a return of 23 points from their opening 11 games.

However, Tottenham’s record against their direct rivals have cost them significant ground in the Premier League title race.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost 2-1 to defending champions Chelsea at Wembley in their second game of the 2017-18 season.

Spurs were unlucky to lose 1-0 to Manchester United last month following Anthony Martial’s late winner at Old Trafford.

Tottenham moved level on points with Jose Mourinho’s second-placed side in their last game before the international break thanks to 1-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Spurs are eight points adrift of Manchester City ahead of their short trip across the English capital to face Arsenal in the north London derby at The Emirates on Saturday.

Former Manchester City striker Bellamy warned Spurs that they can ill-afford to fall 11 points behind Pep Guardiola’s runaway leaders this weekend.

“Out of the two, who can compete with Man City and go on a run to contend for the title, it’s Spurs,” Bellamy told The Debate on Sky Sports on Wednesday night. “But they have to win this weekend.”

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Arsenal and were 2-0 winners against the Gunners in their last clash at White Hart Lane.

Dele Alli and Harry Kane both scored to seal victory in their last north London derby at White Hart Lane before its redevelopment.

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