Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Gunners sweating player fitness for Tottenham derby clash

Petr Cech of Arsenal shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium English players are 'masters of diving', says Wenger
Cassandra Gardner | 10 February, 2018, 05:30

While Alli was cautioned for simulation at Anfield, his team-mate and fellow England global Harry Kane was accused of a similar action by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk as he won a contentious penalty. A defeat tomorrow will cast serious doubt on whether our new arrivals can fix our devastating away form, and they cannot afford to take time setlling in, we just need to go for Spurs throat right from kickoff and make sure of the points.

I don't care. They play with 11, we play with 11.

"Sometimes they play a little bit with the rules". Every striker will do that.

"Another thing that is important, when you compete against massive sides like City, United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and the broadcasters give them massive money - that massive money, for them, goes to investing in new players. I'm not surprised by that - to me, it's completely normal".

More than local bragging rights are on offer with Arsenal trailing fifth-placed Spurs by four points in the race for a return to the Champions League place with just 12 Premier League games of the season remaining. The fact that they can extend the lead to 7 points above their bitter enemies will be extra motivation which will help them in getting over the finish line.

"Wembley will be ready for it; Spurs fans will be ready for it, so we're really looking forward to it".

"We feel we have a good level of performance at Wembley".

Wenger also hopes to have Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck available for the game.

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In order for Tottenham to do so, as they now sit fifth in the top flight, Pochettino's men will have to displace either Liverpool or Chelsea, all the while holding off any advances from Arsenal as they head towards the business end of the season.

It will be only the third time the rivals have played at the national stadium in a competitive fixture, after FA Cup semi-finals in 1991 and 1993.

Lucas Moura could make his debut after working on his fitness in training this week following his deadline day move from Paris Saint-Germain.

Pochettino confirmed that he was anxious about the pitch, which he said "was not in a condition to play football".

Toby Alderweireld, Harry Winks and Danny Rose all returned in the midweek game against Newport, for which Mauricio Pochettino made 10 changes.

"I think it's going to be an electric and I can see the Gunners edging this one".

"Of course you have those kind of games that you want to be involved in".

Pochettino is anxious about his players getting injured but said that he is anxious about Rochdale's players too. It was a proper hamstring injury and the risk of re-tearing it was very big. I think they'd be mad if they didn't.

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