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Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal are not underdogs for North London derby'

Paul Merson says Arsenal will hold Tottenham to a draw in the north London derby GETTY Paul Merson says Arsenal will hold Tottenham to a draw in the north London derby
Jan Ortega | 17 November, 2017, 00:28

After finishing behind Arsenal for 22 straight years many believe that the tide has turned in North London supremacy.

And although Arsenal have won their last 10 Premier League games at the Emirates - their longest winning run at home since the stadium opened in 2006 - they have gone four home league games against Spurs without a victory, having last won on September 1, 2013.

"Our target is to win the title and be successful during the season, not necessarily looking at what Tottenham are doing".

Arsenal trail Pochettino's side by four points going into Saturday's north London derby, though the Czech global insists that The Gunners focus remains exclusively on adding more silverware.

Olivier Giroud is out of Arsenal's Premier League showdown with Tottenham, Arsene Wenger has revealed.

On paper, Spurs are better than Arsene Wenger's side these days but the Gunners haven't slipped up at home in the League this season, winning all five of their fixtures. For what seems like the first time in decades, Tottenham is widely regarded as a clear favorite even though the match is taking place at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. They enter Saturday in danger of doing that for the first time this year, having also lost at Old Trafford on October 28.

Moments earlier at the news conference Thursday, Wenger had interrupted a reporter who pointed out that Arsenal had dominated Tottenham for a "long time". That might not happen this season.

He added, "Two years ago when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn't win the title".

"We still have some people coming in today".

Tottenham, which finished third and second in the last two seasons of the Premier League, is already eight points behind first-place Manchester City and is out of the English League Cup. We must respect them.

"We did it with Sol Campbell so we can do it again - Harry Kane's a Gooner and we will get him back". The Czech goalkeeper also said that Spurs need to win a trophy if they want to prove how far they've come under Pochettino's time as manager.

Alexandre Lacazette was heralded as the saviour of Arsenal when he was brought into the club from Lyon during the summer.

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