Home Form Vital For Arsenal, Says Wenger

17 November, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Felix Jensen
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It's why the two rivals find themselves in an unusual position heading into the north London derby on Saturday.

There was concerns over whether the English striker will be available for Tottenham's clash with Arsenal on Saturday, but Pochettino has dispelled these fears. It was five years ago (almost to the day) that the Gunners ran five past their rivals in a thrilling show at the Emirates that ended in a 5-2 win.

"We did it with Sol Campbell so we can do it again - Harry Kane's a Gooner and we will get him back".

But the medical bench isn't quite as jam-packed as it could be as Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen should be fit.

With so many injury doubts it is hard to predict exactly how Spurs will line up at the Emirates Stadium, but goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga could again be called upon if Lloris and Vorm do not pull through.

What time does it start?

Koscielny should be ready to start too after playing for France in the global break.

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Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are not the underdogs ahead of north London derby against Tottenham

In many respects, he has delivered exactly what was promised - six goals have come in the eleven Premier league appearances that have since transpired - and yet something still seems amiss about the Frenchman's Arsenal career.

Spurs have made an encouraging start to the season.

In the last seven Premier League meetings between these sides at the Emirates, the side scoring first has only gone on to win once - with Arsenal securing a 1-0 win in September 2013 thanks to Olivier Giroud's goal.

It means the manager, who has not lost a league game against Arsene Wenger in his three years at the helm, will have to decide whether to give youngster Harry Winks a starting place in place of the more experienced Mousa Dembele and whether Danny Rose has done enough to push Ben Davies out of the side.

Should they trip up, there's no doubt questions will be raised over whether Pochettino and his men can go all the way on the main stage - after all, the Argentine remains trophy-less at Tottenham.

Both teams have scored on 34 occasions, more than any other fixture in the competition.

The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.

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