Wenger Describes English Players As Diving Masters
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 10, 2018,
Feb 10, 2018, 1:21
Tottenham's "Wembley curse" from earlier in the campaign has been well and truly banished - Mauricio Pochettino's men are now unbeaten in 12 in all competitions at home. If Pochettino wants to avoid being bogged down with a matched up 3-4-2-1, he could adopt the 5-3-2 he deployed against Real Madrid.
The prolific striker has scored four goals in as many home games against Arsenal and has never failed to find the back of the net when his side are hosting their near-neighbours in the Premier League.
Arsenal hope to have Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal match fit for tomorrow's North London Derby at Wembley. Tottenham is a -105 money-line favorite, meaning you would need to wager $105 to win $100. I doubt Pochettino will risk starting the Brazilian, who made only six appearances with PSG before arriving at Tottenham Way.
'It's amusing how things work out - as it was after playing for Watford against Tottenham that I got the opportunity to join Tottenham's youth academy. I'm not sure. I don't think he would.
"I don't tell my players to dive", he said.
The clash of the strikers pits Aubameyang, scorer of one goal for his new club, against Harry Kane, who brought up a Premier League century last week.
His side welcome Arsenal to Wembley on Saturday in a crunch match for the top four places.
GETTY Manchester City are 24 points ahead of Arsenal
Arsenal are aiming to win back-to-back North London Derbies for the first time in the same season for just the fourth time.
Arsenal's newest recruit in Aubameyang is coming on the back of a morale-boosting debut against Everton and will be looking to continue his scoring run this weekend.
As team-mates at Dortmund, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan racked up 121 goals and 80 assists between 2013-2016 and Wenger said it's like the pair have been at the club for years. "We have to get diving out of the game", he said. "All of us are creatures of habit".
Having taken four points from two games against Manchester United and Liverpool, Spurs sit four clear of the Gunners in fifth and sixth respectively. "They know what is important and they know that the most important thing is to focus on the performance".
That familiarity may help Arsene Wenger's charges, especially when considering their wretched away form. When the striker pushes the ball away from the goal, they didn't give penalties because the only resource the striker has after is to look for a penalty. "It's the next one, so the next one is the biggest".
"These guys are top quality players".
"And it is the derby and that will be tough for both teams".