Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
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English players now diving masters - Wenger sympathises with refs

English players now diving masters - Wenger sympathises with refs

"Wenger provided a fitness update ahead of the Spurs clash, stating No. 1 goalkeeper Petr Cech is a doubt for the match, while Danny Welbeck could return to the squad, per Flanagan: "[David] Ospina or Cech, I will make that decision tomorrow.

While Alli was cautioned for simulation at Anfield, his team-mate and fellow England global Harry Kane was accused of a similar action by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk as he won a contentious penalty for Spurs. Have a go and use #bbcfootball on Twitter to share your results with your friends and the world. Mkhitaryan started on the left flank but drifted infield and created two goals from the right flank, including one for Aubameyang, who generally played in inside-left positions, and tested the opposition defence with his speed in behind. The 58-year-old was head coach at Chelsea between 2009-2011, having little to no say on what players came in and out of the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could start his second game on the spin after impressing during his debut against Everton.

Arsenal have in fact struck early goals with greater frequency than Tottenham across all fixtures this season, at an average rate of 0.36 per game compared to their rivals' 0.32.

Arsenal's lead in the all-time head-to-head against Spurs, with 49 draws.

Arsenal visits Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby Saturday (7:30 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Network). "They are quick and overall it was a first convincing performance". "I'm not sure", he said, according to the Independent.


"We have lost games with 75 per cent possession, at Swansea for example", said Wenger.

"I think you have to get rid of diving out of the game".

Wenger must also decide whether to retain the attacking 4-2-3-1 formation that helped Arsenal overwhelm Everton but may leave his team defensively vulnerable against Tottenham.

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table with 45 points, four worse off than fifth-place Spurs.

Arsenal, who have won their last nine matches at Wembley, are looking for an upturn in away form after defeats at Swansea and Bournemouth last month.

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