The Chalkboard: Vertonghen’s return is huge for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to make it seven straight wins in all competitions when they travel to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

There is no downplaying the importance of the match, and Arsenal will certainly feel that they can overcome their rivals when considering their own impressive form.

Jan Vertonghen has made a timely return for Tottenham, however, and his presence will be key as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look for all three points.

The Chalkboard

Vertonghen played for the first time in two months on Wednesday night, helping his team record a 1-0 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League.

The Belgium international could have been forgiven if he was a touch rusty following a hamstring problem, but there were no signs of that.

His return is huge for Pochettino’s side ahead of the clash with Arsenal, especially considering the form that the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have shown this season.

Standing at 6ft 2in, Vertonghen is a colossus of a centre-back, and there are few better defenders in the Premier League at the present moment.

It will be tough for Tottenham this weekend when considering that Arsenal have not lost since the middle of August, but Spurs are in excellent shape.

Value for money?

Tottenham paid just about £10.7m for Vertonghen in the summer of 2012, and he has to go down as one of their best ever signings.

The 31-year-old has made 261 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring 11 times and also managing five assists.

Vertonghen has made 11 Premier League appearances against Arsenal, meanwhile, and his record is won four, drawn three and lost four.

There has been a lot of attention on Toby Alderweireld over the last couple of seasons, but Vertonghen is up there when it comes to the best centre-backs in European football.

Having cruised through his return match against Inter, Tottenham will be looking for another big performance from Vertonghen when considering what is at stake at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.