Monreal Returns But Cech Could Miss North London Derby

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Following Mauricio Pochettino's controversial comments that you have to "trick" your opponent in today's game, Wenger had his say.

In Kane, Tottenham have arguably the best striker in the Premier League and with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and the arrival of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain, Spurs have a lethal attack.

The Tottenham boss suggested diving was a "minimal issue" and suggested it may be seen as part and parcel of trying to outsmart the opposition.

Arsene Wenger's sides' away form this season has been abysmal and this is something which they are going to need to change if they are to achieve their top four aim, starting with this weekends trip to Wembley.

"I am convinced that he [Pochettino] wanted to say that tricking your opponent is to say that you have to be clever". How far was it an apology for diving?

"In my case, no". Wenger normally gets his players highly motivated for games like these, so I am hopeful he can work his magic again this time.

"I can not say if they look stronger or not than they were since their new signings". In my personal case? No.

However, he adds: "Our strikers are top class as well and we want them to express their talent".

"Every striker will do that". They extend the rules [a little bit].


If Vertonghen isn't recognised as a world-class defender, then Koscielny has always been considered among the best.

The former Dortmund pair wreaked havoc on the Toffees defence which would have excited Arsenal fans and given them hope of breaking into the top four.

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table with 45 points, four worse off than fifth-place Spurs.

The pair enjoyed comfortable home debuts in last weekend's 5-1 rout of Everton but their local rivals are sure to provide tougher opposition as the two teams continue their bids for Champions League qualification.

"Of course Wembley is a pitch that is quality, a stadium with a big crowd and it is always a special day in your mind so overall, yes".

Arsenal have not lost at Wembley since an FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea in 2009 - and have won nine consecutive matches at the venue since.

"Wenger provided a fitness update ahead of the Spurs clash, stating No. 1 goalkeeper Petr Cech is a doubt for the match, while Danny Welbeck could return to the squad, per Flanagan: "[David] Ospina or Cech, I will make that decision tomorrow.

Playing there "has a little weight in it because we feel we have a good level of performance there", Wenger told the press conference.

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