Pick your Arsenal XI to face Tottenham on Saturday

Arsenal's FA Cup successes do not impress Mauricio Pochettino

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday that his side needs to maintain their strength at home in order to make up ground on the teams above them in the Premier League.

Arsenal fans are not happy with Mike Dean's announcement as the referee for this Saturday's North London derby against Tottenham.

Tottenham, which finished third and second in the last two seasons of the Premier League, is already eight points behind first-place Manchester City and is out of the English League Cup.

Harry Kane. The man of the moment is expected to return to Tottenham's starting XI having missed worldwide duty with an injury.

But the medical bench isn't quite as jam-packed as it could be as Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen should be fit.

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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Arsenal will be without injured striker Olivier Giroud, while Wenger has to decide whether to recall Alexandre Lacazette to the team after leaving the France worldwide out of two big games this season already, at Liverpool and Man City.

Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee while it remains unlikely Jack Wilshere will earn himself a first league start of the season in such a big match.

Indeed, Tottenham have dropped 37 points from leading positions in Premier League games against Arsenal, more than any other side has against another in the competition's history.

The game kicks off at the Emirates at 12.30pm on Saturday 18 November.

Harry Kane has scored in all five of his Premier League north London derbies, netting six goals in total.

Former Tottenham midfielder and manager Tim Sherwood says that his former club are "on the brink" of winning a trophy.

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