Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss says 'process' is about more than titles

Lynette Rowe
February 10, 2018

Asked if he preferred the game to be at Wembley rather than White Hart Lane, Wenger replied: "Yes, because we have a positive history there".

In both 2006 and 2013, the two club's battle for the Champions League went down to the final day of the season, so in some ways, this is familiar territory.

But Wenger's men have won their last nine games at the national stadium, including a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in this season's Community Shield and the Frenchman is pleased to be back at Wembley. This is set to be a similarly memorable occasion.

Arsenal's head coach Arsene Wenger on Thursday criticised the practice of faking falls, known as "diving", adding that English football players had become experts in these acts.

The Belgium global has been absent from Mauricio Pochettino's squad after suffering a hamstring tear during his side's emphatic Champions League victory over Real Madrid in early November.

Kane has been in sensational form for club and country over the last three years.

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A spicy sub-plot to tomorrow's lunchtime showdown is what some might describe now as "divegate", the furore sparked from Spurs' recent draw with Liverpool in which it was suggested in some quarters that Dele Alli and Harry Kane took dives in an attempt to hoodwink officials. After trailing for nearly the entirety of the game, the Lilywhites managed to score the equalizer in the last minute, to snatch two points away from the Reds.

But just because the Gunners could be without one of their most experienced players doesn't mean they won't secure points at Wembley Stadium or provide value on the money line.

The defender played 90 minutes in the 2-0 win over Newport County on Wednesday, his first appearance since tearing his hamstring against Real Madrid 14 weeks ago.

Arsenal 'keeper Petr Cech is out while Nacho Monreal is a doubt. The Gunners boss earned a ban for his behaviour towards him against Burnley last season. Pochettino's side have scored 73 goals so far, with much of the thanks going to Harry Kane, who has sent the ball into the net 31 times.

With Toby Alderweireld back playing in midweek, Tottenham have no injury issues to worry about, according to Physioroom.com.

"Spurs" Wembley record is better than it was, but Arsenal have the ammunition to hurt them. That said, former Borussia Dortmund pairing Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang should seriously test Tottenham.

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