Wenger plays down significance of Tottenham's apparent advantage for North London derby

Arsene Wenger In Emirates Press Conference

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested home advantage isn't significant in derby games.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted in his press conference ahead of the North London derby that he’s not bothered about the Gunners being the away side.

Some fans may feel Tottenham have a slight advantage heading into the match because of their home advantage, but Wenger doesn’t believe it’s an important factor.

“In the derbies the home ground is not too significant. We just focus on the quality of our game and performance,” said Wenger.

“We have enough offensive power. We don't need to worry about being short on that front.”

Wenger’s point seems to be based around the passion and commitment of players in big derbies, which can act to level the playing field.

He also seems to suggest that if Arsenal can get on the ball and control possession and settle down the tempo of the game, the Gunners should have enough in terms of quality to get over the line.

Arsenal have got several players in central midfielder who have the creativity which can make the difference as well as pace in wide areas.

The Arsenal boss has also praised Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane for the way he’s progressed at White Hart Lane throughout the season.

“It's impressive the way he's made his way through. He's one of the players who has made an impact throughout the season.”

It would be a major surprise if Kane doesn’t start for Tottenham tomorrow and Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny will need to be alive and alert to his movement and runs from the very first whistle.

If the Gunners can keep him quiet, they remove arguably Tottenham’s main threat and should take the pressure off their side in such a big game.

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