Piers Morgan sends message to Harry Kane ahead of Arsenal v Tottenham

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be able to choose a starting XI from a full deck against Arsenal after players on worldwide duty returned unscathed and those who withdrew from their country's squads resumed training.

And ahead of Saturday's derby, Piers Morgan, an avid Arsenal fan, has delivered a sensational message to Harry Kane.

Should they trip up, there's no doubt questions will be raised over whether Pochettino and his men can go all the way on the main stage - after all, the Argentine remains trophy-less at Tottenham.

Arsene Wenger's side face a real tough test in the north London derby this Saturday (12.30pm).

Arsenal have not beaten third-placed Tottenham in the last six league meetings but Wenger remains confident they can beat their local rivals.

If he is given a start at the weekend, Arsenal's diminutive forward will have to put in a good performance to persuade his manager that he can do it against the best sides in the league. For what seems like the first time in decades, Tottenham is widely regarded as a clear favorite even though the match is taking place at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. They have won only two of their last 32 away league games, dating to January 1, 1986 - a 3-1 win at Highbury on May 11, 1993 and a 3-2 victory at the Emirates on November 20, 2010.

"They've been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win something to show the progression".

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Arsene Wenger has insisted that he trusts Alexandre Lacazette "completely" at Arsenal. They enter Saturday in danger of doing that for the first time this year, having also lost at Old Trafford on October 28. That might not happen this season.

"In the last 22, 23 years, we have only finished above Arsenal one time", Pochettino said Thursday.

"We still have some people coming in today".

They sit in third place in the Premier League and are top of their Champions League group. We must respect them. The Czech goalkeeper also said that Spurs need to win a trophy if they want to prove how far they've come under Pochettino's time as manager.

Spurs are hoping Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks will be back in action after missing England's friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

Kane has scored in his last five games against Arsenal.

Lacazette has only completed 90 minutes once since his summer arrival from Lyon.

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  • Lawrence Cooper