Tottenham vs Arsenal
Arsene Wenger met the press on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s north London derby with Tottenham.
In the first match earlier this season, Arsenal beat their rivals 2-0.
Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez were on target for the Gunners on that occasion.
Arsenal will arrive at Wembley full of confidence of upsetting Spurs again. The Gunners have an amazing record at the stadium, having won on their last nine straight visits to Tottenham’s temporary home.
Moreover, the 5-1 win over Everton, which included Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s assist hat-trick and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goalscoring debut, has lifted spirits in the red half of north London.
Arsene Wenger vs Dele Alli
Perhaps the most interestingly line during Wenger’s pre-Spurs presser came when the issue of diving came up.
Tottenham’s Dele Alli has been slammed ever since last weekend’s match at Liverpool. Alli was booked in the game for diving.
When the subject was put to the Arsenal boss, without mentioning Alli by name, Wenger had a thinly-veiled swipe at Tottenham’s England international.
Wenger on Poch's comments about tricking the opponent, says it used to be foreign players who were known for diving, "but I must say the English players learn very quickly and they may be the masters now."
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) February 8, 2018
Arsenal’s injury news: Cech, Monreal & Welbeck
Arsenal are sweating on three players before Saturday.
Petr Cech’s involvement in the north London derby is still in doubt, Wenger confirmed. The keeper was subbed out the Everton game with an injury.
Danny Welbeck is a “maybe” to make his return after injury, while Nacho Monreal is set to play after being ill.
At Colney. Wenger: "Basically, we should have a similar squad. Maybe Danny Welbeck will be back and we had a few problems with Petr Cech who is not sure – I don't know yet. Monreal looks alright again. Cech or Ospina, I will make that decision tomorrow."
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) February 8, 2018