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Peter Crouch names key position where Tottenham, Arsenal clash will be ‘won and lost’

BT Sport pundit Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch has revealed the key position where Thursday’s north London Derby between Tottenham and Arsenal will be ‘won and lost’.

As things stand, Arsenal occupy fourth spot after picking up 21 wins from 35 Premier League matches. They are four points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham and only one behind Chelsea, who sit in third.

As such, Tottenham must win when Mikel Arteta’s side visit them to keep their Champions League qualification hopes in their own hands.

If they lose, then they will most likely finish fifth. A draw would see Antonio Conte’s men rely on Arsenal dropping points in their final two matches to snatch fourth spot.

Arsenal are in better form going into the clash. They have won their last four matches on the bounce, which includes victories over Chelsea and Manchester United.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have dropped points to Brighton and Brentford. They dropped points again in their most recent outing, but a 1-1 draw with title-chasing Liverpool is certainly a respectable result.

During an interview with the Daily Mail, former Spurs striker Crouch was asked about the key battle in the derby.

He said: “Whoever is looking after [Harry] Kane and Son [Heung-min]!

Peter Crouch labels Son ‘criminally underrated’

“That is the area of the pitch where this is won and lost because those two can take a game away from anyone.

“Son is criminally underrated – he’s up there with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.”

Indeed, Son has been in devastating form this campaign. He has reached 20 goals in a single Premier League season for the first time in 2021-22.

None of those goals have come from the penalty spot, making the stat even more impressive.

A brace against Leicester City, as well as a strike at Liverpool, have seen Son get within touching distance of Salah in the top scorer charts.

He is just two behind the Egyptian with three games left to play.

Kane, meanwhile, began the season slowly but is now on 13 goals from 34 outings in the league. He joined Son on the scoresheet during the 3-1 win against Leicester.

Kane and Son are clearly Spurs’ two biggest threats and Arsenal will have to be on top form to keep them at bay.

But the Gunners will also need to keep Dejan Kulusevski quiet. The Sweden winger has been in great form since joining Spurs on loan from Juventus in January.

Pundit Chris Sutton recently gave his verdict on who he would pick between Kulusevski and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.