Nabil Bentaleb (centre) celebrates putting Tottenham ahead
Harry Kane is proving at Tottenham the value of bringing academy youngsters into the team

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Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs are heading in right direction

Tottenham vs Newcastle preview: Mauricio Pochettino set to make changes for Capital One Cup tie

Spurs and Newcastle a vying for a place in the semi-finals

A view of the Capital One Cup trophy

Capital One Cup draw: When is it? When will the semi-finals be played?

Full details for the upcoming semi-final draw

Alan Pardew said: ‘I love the cup competitions but I’ve not really had too much joy here’

Tottenham vs Newcastle: Alan Pardew - This is our opportunity and we have to grasp it

This is by some distance the furthest Pardew has taken Newcastle in a domestic cup competition

Alan Pardew applauds the travelling Newcastle support after the 2-0 win over Manchester City

Tottenham vs Newcastle: Capital One Cup match preview

A look ahead to Wednesday’s fixture at White Hart Lane

Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1: Hector Bellerin and Jak Alnwick face new challenges

At football clubs adversity often provides opportunity and, at the Emirates on Saturday there were signs of two young players taking theirs. Hector Bellerin started this season as Arsenal’s third-choice right-back but within a month of the campaign beginning injuries meant he was thrust into the team in the most demanding of arenas, Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, to face the 2013 Champions League runners-up on their own patch.

Arsenal vs Newcastle match report: Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla help Arsenal overcome 'crisis' and blow Magpies away

Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1: Talk of crisis and Arsène Wenger’s future is averted as much-missed striker leads Gunners’ line in their demolition of in-form Newcastle

Arsenal vs Newcastle team news: Mathieu Debuchy starts at centre-back but no place for Lukas Podolski

Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck start in attack despite Podolski's two goals in the Champions League midweek

Alexis Sanchez, Papiss Cisse, Arsene Wenger and Alan Pardew

Arsenal vs Newcastle live: Latest score and updates as Olivier Giroud gives Gunners the lead, with wins for Chelsea and Manchester City

Follow all the action with Burnley v Southampton, Crystal Palace v Stoke, Sunderland v West Ham and West Brom v Aston Villa completing the day's matches

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Alan Pardew revival has lessons for Arsene Wenger

A mix of senior players showing the way, youthful vibrancy and a bit of luck has reinvigorated Newcastle. Their opponents, Arsenal, need something similar

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey will miss the Christmas programme with a hamstring injury

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Newcastle offer stern test of Arsenal's depleted resources

Wenger has recalled Francis Coquelin from Charlton in response

Louis van Gaal speaks to the media at Friday's press conference

Premier League statistical preview, including West Brom vs Aston Villa, Arsenal vs Newcastle United, Manchester United vs Liverpool

WhoScored.com, who offer the largest online database for detailed football statistics, preview the top matches the Premier League this weekend

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