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

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

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

"But he played many games, Alexandre Lacazette".

"No, not at all", he said, when asked if he thought Arsenal will be the underdog on Saturday.

A day after Tottenham achieved a coming-of-age 3-1 win over European champion Real Madrid in the Champions League in front of more than 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium, Arsenal was laboring to a 0-0 draw at home to Red Star Belgrade in the oft-maligned Europa League.

"I've been struggling for two weeks with it and that's why I didn't play against West Ham in the Carabao Cup but all good, I feel very good today, I am ready for the weekend".

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Wenger spoke about Santi Cazorla in his pre-match press conference and revealed that the Spaniard's Achilles injury is the worst he has seen during his time as a football manager.

"Mustafi will have a final check [on Friday], Welbeck as well".

Kane spent a year as a youngster at Arsenal's Academy but has since gone on to establish himself as one of the finest forwards in England at their bitter local rivals Spurs. Does he need more time to adjust to the English style of play?

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been sidelined since the 3-1 victory over Real Madrid nearly a month ago but he could also be in contention to start against the Gunners.

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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.

Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld remains unlikely to be fit in time to play for Pochettino's men following a hamstring strain.

Arsenal are four points behind third-placed Tottenham and this game could have a big impact on which side finishes above the other at the end of the season.

During Arsenal's decade-long trophy drought from 2004 to 2014, the team's fans had very little to celebrate and that lost decade was beset with embarrassing collapses in the league, heavy defeats in the UEFA Champions League and regular losses against the best sides in the Premier League. Only Emmanuel Adebayor (8) and Robert Pires (7) have scored more goals in this fixture in the Premier League.

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Harry Kane, meanwhile, is aiming to score in his sixth north London derby in a row.

Morgan told Sky Sports: "Harry Kane's brilliant".

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