Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal are not underdogs for North London derby'

Lynette Rowe
November 17, 2017

Celebrity Arsenal fan Morgan admits that he is a keen admirer of Kane, and sent him a cheeky message ahead of Saturday's north London derby.

Arsenal have not beaten third-placed Tottenham in the last six league meetings but Wenger remains confident they can beat their local rivals.

Ahead of Saturday's North London derby, Arsene Wenger was questioned as to whether he felt his side were "underdogs".

The Gunners are now four points behind Mauricio Pochettino's men and 12 behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks all withdrew from the England squad with injuries while Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld were also missing for France and Belgium respectively.

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.

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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.

Most notably, of the eleven appearances Lacazette has made in the Premier League, two saw him coming off the bench - in the 4-0 defeat at Anfield and in the 3-1 loss against Manchester City the weekend before last.

Cech has insisted that finishing above Tottenham this year is not their priority.

It shouldn't be forgotten that it was Arsenal which ended last season with a trophy - the FA Cup - and Tottenham's critics argue that Mauricio Pochettino's team need to win silverware as a form of validation of its progress.

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

The game kicks off at the Emirates at 12.30pm on Saturday 18 November.

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