Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele ready for Arsenal start

Dembele, whose progress has also been stalled by a hip issue, has featured just six times in the Premier League this season. He played 45 minutes after coming on at half time in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace earlier this month.

Mousa Dembele says he is ready to start the game against Arsenal at the weekend

Dembele played 45 minutes for Spurs against Crystal Palace before the international break

The Belgian international is targeting a full time return to first team action.

'My injury is much better,' Dembele told Sky Sports. 'I played 45 minutes in the last game so it is good. 

'Of course, I want to be playing for the team and adding my value but right now I am very optimistic and feel good.

'For us every game is important but we know there is some extra vibe for this kind of game, it's important for us.'

Dembele in action for Belgium last week as he steps up his recovery from a foot injury

Tottenham are third in the table, eight points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, and Dembele stressed the importance of a win on Saturday.

'Also, like the fans, we have the same goal, we want to achieve something as a club and any team that we play we want to beat, we want to win,' he said.

'That is the same with this game, we are aware of the importance of this derby.'

Arsenal, who were beaten 3-1 at City in their last league outing, are sixth in the standings with 19 points from 11 games.

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November 14, 2017

Sources:` Daily Mail

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