Wenger: Derby focus is on Arsenal, not the opposition


Arsene Wenger says his focus ahead of this Sunday’s North London derby is on his own team, and he refused to comment when asked if Sp*rs might do a Sp*rs at the end of the season and implode.

The Arsenal manager knows his side need a win to keep their slim hopes of finishing in the top four alive, and with that lot trying to keep pace with Chelsea it’s a derby game of great significance.

When quizzed about whether the pressure might get to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, Wenger said, “No. I focus on Arsenal. What will happen to Spurs, it’s not to me to comment about that.

“I have to focus on what we can do and how well we can finish the season. We have big Premier League games, we have an FA Cup final to prepare for, so we have to focus absolutely on us and not expect any weakness from our opponents.”

And in terms of the fare Sunday might offer up, he continued, “I expect an open match, a committed match, a match with high pace.

“There could be goals because both teams play positive football, try to go forward and play in an offensive way.

“Normally that finishes with goals if you look at the quality of players on both sides.”

Having spoken earlier about how one season does not represent a shift of power, it’s now down to the Frenchman to get a big performance out his team for the final derby at White Hart Lane in its current state.

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