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Tottenham prepares for test in North London Derby at Arsenal

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The optimism growing around manager Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur squad will be put to its stiffest test yet when they visit Arsenal for Sunday’s North London Derby. Despite the summer departure of Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer, Harry Kane, Postecoglou has gotten his side off to an unbeaten start to the new season while employing more aggressive, possession-based tactics than used by any of his predecessors last season.

So far, they’ve made up for Kane’s production by committee, with Dejan Kulusevski, James Maddison, Son Heung-min and Cristian Romero each scoring two or more league goals.

Spurs (4-0-1, 13 points) have mostly employed a 4-2-3-1 and have held the majority of possession in every match. They’ve also enjoyed some good fortune, including wasteful finishing by Manchester United in a 2-0 home win late last month and goals deep into second-half stoppage time by Kulesevski and Richarlison to steal a 2-1 home victory against Sheffield United last weekend. Now Postecoglou’s players will see how they fare in their first match as a heavy underdog.

“It’s a great challenge for us as a football team that’s beginning on a journey and trying to have an identity in the way that we play,” Postecoglou said. “There’s no greater test than playing one of the top teams in the competition away from home who also happens to be your biggest sort of rival.”

If Spurs have any edge, it’s in preparation time after enjoying a full week off prior to matchday.

Meanwhile, Arsenal (4-0-1, 13 points) were occupied with their UEFA Champions League opener, a comfortable 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.

It was the Gunners’ second consecutive clean sheet since manager Mikel Arteta lifted goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in favor of David Raya, a difficult decision, he admits.

“In your tummy when you have players sitting, or you have to announce the lineup, it’s one of the hardest things, because players feel happy and valued when they play,” Arteta said. “When they don’t, it’s very difficult. You want them to feel loved and trusted, and the way to do that is to play them.”

Gabriel Martinelli could return for Arsenal after a knock forced him off early in a 1-0 win against Everton last weekend and made him miss the Champions League opener. Meanwhile, Spurs are weathering the news that midfielder Ivan Perisic is likely done for the season and will need surgery to repair his right anterior cruciate ligament.

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Posting on her Instagram timeline, she shared a snap of some bling on her finger, thanking her husband for keeping her vows and the sanctity of their marriage.

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Jack Hinshelwood saves and scores as Brighton beat Brentford

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Jack Hinshelwood saved on the line and then headed a winning first Premier League goal for Brighton & Hove Albion as the south-coast side came from a goal down to beat visitors Brentford 2-1 on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old academy product put the Seagulls ahead in the 52nd minute, after the two sides had been 1-1 at the break, when he nodded into the bottom left corner off a cross from captain and man of the match Pascal Gross.

Moments earlier Hinshelwood had made a block on the line from substitute Yoane Wissa after Neal Maupay also had a shot stopped. Brighton moved up to seventh on 25 points with Brentford 11th on 19.

The visitors took the lead through a 27th-minute penalty after their first meaningful attack, with top scorer Bryan Mbeumo coolly stroking home for his seventh goal of the season as Jason Steele dived the wrong way.

Vitaly Janelt had won the penalty when he surged into the area and was pulled down by Jan Paul van Hecke.

Brighton levelled four minutes later when Gross shot left-footed into the bottom corner off a pass from Japanese winger Kaoru Mitoma. Mbeumo went down and had to be helped off in the 37th in a big blow for the Bees, with Wissa coming off the bench to replace him.

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In other news – Emtee plans to move out of South Africa

Emtee reveals he will be relocating to another country, but he will keep representing South Africa wherever he is. The rapper made this known on Wednesday while tweeting his next plan.

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Emtee whose real name is Ndevu Mthembeni says he wants to move out of SA because of the death threats. Read more

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Germany keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen will undergo surgery on a lower back injury

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Barcelona and Germany keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen will undergo surgery on a lower back injury, the 31-year-old said on Tuesday. Ter Stegen missed Barca’s recent games after being ruled out of Germany’s friendlies following an injury sustained while training with his country during last month’s international break.

“After intensive conversations with the medical team of the Club and various supporting experts, we decided to undergo a surgical procedure,” Ter Stegen wrote on his Instagram account.

“The break obviously annoys me. It is the right and safe decision in order to come back in the best conditions for my Club @fcbarcelona and National Team @dfb_team.Barcelona put no timescale on his return, but local media reports said Ter Stegen would be out for several weeks and could miss the Champions League knockout stages in February.

The former Borussia Moenchengladbach player has made 17 appearances for the Catalan side this season, keeping eight clean sheets. He received the Zamora Trophy last season as the best goalkeeper in LaLiga, conceding 18 goals in 37 games, helping Barca to their first league title since 2019.

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Murdah Bongz and DJ Zinhle inspire fans with their union, as they exuded love while performing together at a recent show.

Murdah Bongz and DJ Zinhle

The former Black Motion member shared photos of himself and his wife being mushy and cozy while operating the DJ desk.It was take your wife to work day,” he captioned the post. Read more

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