Home Form Vital For Arsenal, Says Wenger

Posted November 17, 2017

Arsenal v Spurs promises to be more than just a match for Gunners fans on Saturday and now, Arsene Wenger has given his team news ahead of the clash.

Tottenham's Harry Kane ranks third all time in north London derby goals. They have won only two of their last 32 away league games, dating to January 1, 1986 - a 3-1 win at Highbury on May 11, 1993 and a 3-2 victory at the Emirates on November 20, 2010.

Spurs, with a coveted manager and young, exciting team, were suddenly the talk of European soccer.

With Spurs' injury problems I'm tempted to side with Arsenal at odds-against but it is hard to write off Tottenham with the likes of Denmark's hat-trick hero Christian Eriksen among their ranks. For what seems like the first time in decades, Tottenham is widely regarded as a clear favorite even though the match is taking place at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Wenger won't accept it, however.

"To keep him quiet, yes", said Wenger, when asked if Arsenal have a plan for Kane.

"They've been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win something to show the progression".

"We're seeing the best Christian Eriksen we've ever seen at the moment".

So, it's mixed news for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. They enter Saturday in danger of doing that for the first time this year, having also lost at Old Trafford on October 28.

"Our target is to win the title and be successful during the season, not necessarily looking at what Tottenham are doing". That might not happen this season.

Pochettino, who hasn't been on the losing side in six meetings with Arsenal as Tottenham manager, accepted that history does count when assessing the relative merits of the sides.

He added, "Two years ago when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn't win the title". We were under pressure the last couple of years, with people talking about winning trophies. We must respect them.

"Fortunately, he's so good that Real Madrid or Barcelona will buy him next season, so we haven't got to worry about him for much longer!"

Spurs are hoping Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks will be back in action after missing England's friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

Arsenal, meanwhile, lost to Manchester City last time out and are in danger of falling further behind in the race for a place in the top four.

Alexandre Lacazette was heralded as the saviour of Arsenal when he was brought into the club from Lyon during the summer.