Harry Kane prepared for Arsenal backlash in north London derby
Published 06/11/2015 | 11:56
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 Barclays 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."
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.
Summer signing Son Heung-min came off the bench against Anderlecht after six weeks out with a foot problem but is unlikely to be thrown into the starting line-up while the game will come too soon for Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli, who are both recovering from ankle injuries.