Arsenal keeper Cech plays down Tottenham rivalry

Nov 17, 2017, 01:09
Arsenal keeper Cech plays down Tottenham rivalry

Petr Cech has refuted suggestions that the balance of power has shifted in north London, insisting that Tottenham must win trophies to prove they are capable of matching Arsenal's success. Two years ago when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn't win the title.

Keown also feels the match has come at the ideal time for Arsenal to reignite their season after a slow start in the Premier League.

"But Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are not going anywhere in a hurry and they are moving into a new stadium in order to compete".

He did receive a boost as Jan Vertonghen recovered from an ankle injury to play for Belgium against Japan while Mousa Dembele has now returned to full fitness after a series of minor knocks.

It was a 24-hour period at the start of November that really drove home the reality that Tottenham, after decades of playing second fiddle to Arsenal, was the new dominant force in north London.

Asked if Lacazette could be named from kick-off at Emirates Stadium, Wenger said: "The decision is not made yet, but it's a possibility".

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Alexandre Lacazette is likely to return to the starting XI having been left on the bench against Manchester City, but Olivier Giroud is set to miss out with a thigh injury.

Both teams have scored on 34 occasions, more than any other fixture in the competition.

The match at the Emirates gets underway at 12.30pm on Saturday.

The official showed a Premier League-high five red cards last season, and has sent two players off in his previous six North London derbies.

Tottenham's Harry Kane has scored in all five of his Premier League games against Arsenal and has scored six goals total, including a brace in a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane on February 7, 2015.