Arsenal boss says not surprised by Mkhitaryan's professionalism

Ruben Hill
February 9, 2018

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.

"That's why we had to take our time and work very hard to get the muscles to be ready for this kind of game against Newport and to play a lot of games again", he explained.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's lack of fitness was likely the reason for a substandard performance in his final appearance for Borussia Dortmund, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

"But the two Arsenal full-backs will be playing as wingers after five minutes and you know they'll be all over the shop defensively".

"Most of the time, when a player is going to the goalkeeper, they push the ball away from goal".

Wenger said: "I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it, but the English players have learned very quickly and they might even be the masters now".

"I am convinced he wanted to see tricking your opponent is to be clever".

Wenger then hinted at his plans to stop Kane from scoring at Wembley. "I'm not sure", he said, according to the Independent.

"They have not been thorough enough in their defending". You have not to let the emotions take over.

And Petr Cech who limped off is said to have recovered enough to face Mauricio Pochettino's team. It should be a similar squad.

"I've no problem with that [having to make do without Cech]".

That would have left them with the prospect of having to start with David Ospina in goal for a game that could be crucial to the outcome of their season.

"I don't encourage my players to dive at all". They extend a little bit the rules.

Both teams need to get a victory to keep fighting for a Champions League place as they are 5th and 6th in the Premier League table, respectively.

But what has changed since that day in the red side of north London? talkSPORT traces the development of each side's season over the last north London derby.

Arsenal can't afford to lose this game in their pursuit of a top-four spot, and a win will leave them a just point behind their local rivals.

Wenger believes that will help Arsenal will feel comfortable in front of the 80,000-plus crowd.

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