Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Wenger: Mkhitaryan is very professional in training and matches

Wenger: Mkhitaryan is very professional in training and matches

Aubameyang had a single shot - a header sent over the crossbar - and only one touch in the opposition box in a 2-2 draw against Freiburg before joining Arsenal for a club-record £56million.

With Arsenal sixth place in the Premier League, four points behind their North London rivals, Arsene Wenger was ebullient this morning at a press conference.

"The best way to defend is to have the numbers and take the game to them".

It's worth noting that the Arsenal game would take the run to 20 games as on Wednesday evening Spurs play against Newport in a replay in the FA Cup. They even defeated Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at their temporary home in this season's UEFA Champions League campaign.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan announced his arrival at Arsenal in some style last weekend by recording three assists on his home debut in the 5-1 win over Everton. The forward ironically started his career for the Gunners, but was released at the tender age of eight - he eventually found his way to Tottenham.

"I don't tell my players to dive", he said. The white kit fit better on me, I think.

If the demolition derby is a staple of American culture, the elimination derby may become a feature of meetings between the duelling halves of north London. "You look at the mistakes we made and I am quite optimistic we will not make them again".

When pitting Aaron Ramsey against Delli Alli, it's Ramsey that comes out on top in the goalscoring stakes following his hat-trick last weekend (6 this season compared to five for Alli).

Cazorla has been out of action for 16 months with an achilles problem
Cazorla has been out of action for 16 months with an achilles problem

Wenger said: "These guys have the experience".

"We have to get diving out of the game".

"They have similar qualities to what our game is about". They dropped points because of individual errors and collective performances that were not up to scratch. The Gunners are [3.7] to win.

They have suffered defeats on three of their last five away trips in all competitions though and now sit four points adrift of Tottenham in sixth.

Tottenham: 4-2-3-1Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane.

As the teams line up at Wembley for the lunch-time kick-off, all eyes will be on prolific Spurs man Harry Kane and and Gunners new-boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Ilkay Gundogan in particular was exceptional, but Bernardo Silva was also on top form to suggest the fringe players at City are finally finding their feet.

Kohli runs his way to a hundred
Dhoni's stumping of Markram took him to 400 ODI dismissals, the first Indian wicket-keeper to reach that mark. Third ODI between India and South Africa will be played today at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town .

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