Search

Toby Alderweireld and Tottenham Hotspur know what to expect from Arsenal’s new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

PUBLISHED: 22:30 08 February 2018

Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld (right) and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League match at White Hart Lane (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld (right) and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League match at White Hart Lane (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

PA Archive/PA Images

The centre back reflects on his three-month injury lay-off and what he needed to do to ensure he returned fully fit

Tottenham Hotspur’s returning defender Toby Alderweireld is ready for a battle of wits with Arsenal’s new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he is selected for Saturday’s north London derby.

Alderweireld made his comeback from a three-month injury lay-off in Wednesday’s FA Cup clash against Newport County, and Mauricio Pochettino is now deciding whether to field him against Spurs’ bitter rivals this weekend.

If he keeps his place he is likely to line up against Aubameyang, who has scored four goals in four games against Spurs in the last two years, having faced the Lilywhites in the 2015/16 Europa League and in this season’s Champions League group stage with Borussia Dortmund.

The £56million man netted on his Arsenal debut against Everton last weekend, and Alderweireld is fully aware of the challenge that lies in store.

“Like everyone knows, he’s very quick, he’s a good finisher, he has it all,” said the Belgian. “He’s in a good moment now as well so it’s going to be very difficult to beat him but I think we’ll be ready for it.

“You have to work your mind against him. One against one, on the same line, he will beat you, so you have to be very clever - you have to read the situation and try to beat him with your head.”

Alderweireld has only just recovered from a hamstring injury sustained during Spurs’ victory over Real Madrid on November 1.

He missed 20 matches during his recovery but is pleased to be back in time for Saturday’s derby and the resumption of Tottenham’s Champions League campaign, as the Lilywhites prepare to visit Juventus in the last 16 next Tuesday.

“It was a difficult period mentally but if you have a goal in your head, that’s what you work towards every day,” said Alderweireld. “The goal was just to be back as quickly as possible, but of course you have these kinds of games that you want to be involved in.

“It was my longest injury ever. It was a little bit unfortunate. There was a tear in the tendon, not only the muscle, and it just takes time.

“It was a proper hamstring injury and the risk of re-tearing it was very big. That’s why we took our time and worked very hard so my muscles are ready for this type of game and to play a lot of games again.

“It was a difficult period for me. On the other hand, it was three months - in a football career it’s not that long. I’m 28 and I’m lucky I’ve never had a knee injury or something, which would be a lot worse.

“Three months is difficult but we worked very hard to get to this point. It could have been even longer but because we worked hard, were very clever, doing the right things, I’m back playing today.

“We did the right things – don’t start too early, train a lot of weeks so the muscle is ready to compete.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs and visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BenPearceSpurs/

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

14:24

Ben Pearce reflects on Spurs’ important Premier League win at Selhurst Park earlier today

10:20

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger replied immediately when asked the question.

Yesterday, 23:10

Sunday’s League Cup final is eagerly-awaited by a large number of Arsenal fans. Read on as a number of loyal supporters explained to Layth Yousif what the trophy means to them.

Yesterday, 21:42

With the eagerly-awaited Carabao Cup final on Sunday read the latest in our series detailing previous Arsenal League Cup finals by talking to the people who were there. Read on as we recall the shock upset the Gunners suffered against Luton Towin in the 1988 Wembley showpiece as Gus Caesar unfortunately wrote himself into the history books for all the wrong reasons in a crazy game.

Yesterday, 18:41

After appearing to book their spot in the last-four of the FA Trophy, the hosts let a three-goal lead slip against the Heed to force a Tuesday night replay

FA Trophy quarter-final: Leyton Orient 3 Gateshead 3

Yesterday, 10:14

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was in spiky form at his club’s training ground this week ahead of the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.



Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists