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Arsenal v Spurs - opposing manager's view

Posted on 4 November 2016  - 16:01

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn on where the North London derby can be won and lost at his press conference ahead of Sunday's clash at the Emirates Stadium, although he did suggest our unbeaten start to the Premier League season is unlikely to affect the outcome.

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Journalists quizzed Wenger on our recent run of results and asked whether this weekend represents a good time to play us in the wake of Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

When directly asked if our unbeaten domestic record can play a part, he responded: "No. It’s too early in the season for that. At the moment what is important is that we focus on ourselves, on the quality of our performances.

"We know that we have done very well away from home and we can do well at home. We know as well that the success of our season will depend on how well we do at home."

On the timing of the game, which comes at the end of a six-match run in which we've drawn four and lost two in all competitions, the Gunners boss added: "I feel, again, that it is difficult to speculate on any weakness to Tottenham. I prefer to concentrate on us, to be strong and to turn up with a top-level performance.

"It is an interesting clash. For us it is a very important game because we are in a strong position in the league that we want to strengthen. Overall Tottenham (are in a good position) as well, so it is very tight at the top of the league.

“We are more focused that it is a home game, and whether it is Tottenham or somebody else, we want to win our home games because our position in the league is very important. We go into a period where we play big games and we want to win the big games."