Arsene Wenger calls for cool heads as Arsenal face Spurs test

Cech suffered a calf injury in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Everton and was substituted by Ospina after 71 minutes

Arsenal's attacking might prevailed as they overcame a spirited Tottenham in a nine-goal thriller that saw nine different players finding the back of the net.

Spurs now find themselves sitting just outside the top four, in fifth place, with just two points separating them and third-placed Liverpool.

Wenger was speaking as the fallout continued from last weekend's 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Spurs when Tottenham's Dele Alli was booked for diving and Harry Kane was accused of going down too easily to win a penalty under a challenge from home 'keeper Loris Karius.

He said: "They were always very important games for us, vital games, so that is why the focus was there".

Tottenham have shaken off their early teething problems at their temporary home and are unbeaten in their past 12 league games at Wembley, showing similar form to last season when they were invincible at the now-demolished White Hart Lane.

Arsenal have averaged a point per away game in the Premier League this season and are winless in 15 away matches against the top five clubs.

Wembley is a happy hunting ground for Arsenal's current generation as well.

The 24-year-old has been breaking virtually every scoring record imaginable lately - including surpassing Alan Shearer's record of 36 league goals in a calendar year in 2017 - and will be looking to extend his goalscoring prowess when his side host the Gunners at Wembley on Saturday.

However, Arsenal might be without starting goalkeeper Petr Cech after he failed to make it through the 5-1 victory over Everton due to a calf injury.

Their rocky patch at the end of past year appears to be fully behind the club and Mauricio Pochettino's side come into this game unbeaten in 11 games, most recently seeing off Manchester United 2-0 before drawing 2-2 with Liverpool and overcoming Newport County 2-0 in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Spurs have won 28 out of a possible 39 points in home games at Wembley Stadium this season, so far dropping 11.

Defeating Arsenal would help that ambition, while carrying the added bonus of derailing Arsenal.

"Of course, it was hard at the start", he said.

"The gap is not massive but it will be tough".

Pochettino believes former Paris Saint Germain winger Lucas Moura, who arrived last month, is ready to make his debut, possibly as a substitute.

Granit Xhaka's form has been terrible and I think he should be dropped for Ramsey and Wilshere to start, but I hardly see Wenger doing this. "We need to assess him, but after the last session I hope we can put him in contention".

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