February 9, 2018 / 10:18 AM / 3 months ago

SHOWCASE-Soccer-Tottenham v Hotspur v Arsenal - Fans' view

LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur host North London neighbours Arsenal in the early Saturday kickoff at Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are unbeaten in eight league games but have drawn three of the last five.

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.

Here is what the fans have to say about their teams.

Mike Leigh, Host, The Spurs Show - spurssshow.net

“We go into the game this weekend brimming with confidence and we have key players returning from injury after exceptional performances from the bench against Manchester United and Liverpool.

“Spurs fans never go into these games in the same way as its part of our DNA to worry. Under Mauricio Pochettino we are a different beast to sides of previous years.

“I am predicting a 3-1 victory. I don’t think Arsene Wenger can play the same tactics that stifle us as other lower table teams have done this season at Wembley.

“If they play tactically like Real Madrid, Dortmund and Liverpool have done at Wembley this season, and come at us, then we will dismantle them.

“Arsenal’s recent form has been typical of the team under Wenger in recent years; one good performance followed by an awful one.

“Our win at White Hart Lane last season was one of the most one-sided games I have seen against them in the 45 years I have followed Spurs.

“Dele Alli needs to cut out diving. He is only young but is such an important member of this scintillating team and we don’t need him suspended from matches. Hopefully this will be the end of it now.”

Akhil Vyas, Board Member, Arsenal Supporters Trust

“Two weeks ago, I would have been dreading this game but now I look at it as a bit of an opportunity. Our new look forward line has a chance to perform on a big stage away from home against our local rivals.

“I am predicting a 2-2 draw or 2-3 win for Arsenal. I think there will be goals in this game and hopefully we can steal it.

“Spurs’ recent form has been good but after only earning a draw in the FA Cup to take it to a replay, plus a draw at Anfield, perhaps that means we can take advantage.

“There has been lots of discussion in the media after Anthony Taylor was named the referee for the game on Saturday because of his history with Arsene Wenger. This isn’t a concern for us. Referees are professional and I think with the spotlight on them, Taylor will want to make sure he has a good game, too.

“I’m impressed with Arsenal’s new recruits in the transfer window. We all knew there was a top player in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and his pal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has an amazing goal scoring record.

“Re-signing Mesut Ozil is the key - losing him would have been a huge blow but keeping him maybe shows Arsenal mean business again.” (Editing by Ed Osmond)

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