The Chalkboard: Moussa Sissoko can play a key role in Tottenham beating Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko produced another sensational display in the centre of the park for his team in their crucial 1-0 Champions League victory against Inter Milan at Wembley on Wednesday night.

The France international was not liked by his own supporters or trusted by Mauricio Pochettino for the majority of his opening two years with the club, but he has completely turned his Spurs career around in recent weeks having been given more of an opportunity thanks to injuries to the likes of Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

Following their success against Inter, Tottenham will be determined to pick up another victory – and their first three points at the Emirates Stadium since 2010 – when they visit Arsenal in the latest episode of the North London derby on Sunday.

On the chalkboard

With Dembele and Wanyama set to miss the short trip across the capital at the weekend, Pochettino will likely have to select two from Sissoko, Winks and Eric Dier to fill the deeper midfield roles against the Gunners.

Dier would usually be in pole position to do this, but his two teammates have certainly given their Argentine boss plenty to consider ahead of the big clash as they dominated against the Serie A giants at Wembley.

The 6ft 2in tall Sissoko impressed from both a defensive – he made three interceptions and two clearances – and attacking point of view as he showed his strength and ability to burst forward the ball, while Winks was once again neat and tidy in possession with a passing accuracy of just under 93%, as per WhoScored.

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Who starts?

It would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, but Sissoko has to be one of the first names on the Tottenham team-sheet right now, and he has the quality and physique to ensure that Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil – who will surely return to the starting XI at home after missing out vs Bournemouth last time out – doesn’t have a sniff on his own patch.

The 29-year-old proved that he is forming a strong partnership with Winks that led to a clean sheet during the week, and there is no reason for Pochettino to split that up as Spurs look to pick up a very rare away win against their arch-enemies.