Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou has assured Tottenham fans that his team will be ready for their first North London derby of the season.
The Lilywhites manager is aiming to become the first Spurs manager to register an away win in his first North London derby since Peter Shreeves, whose side won at Highbury on New Year’s Day in 1985.
Postecoglou has been preparing for the game despite a late injury blow to winger Ivan Perisic who picked up a freak ACL injury that has not only ruled him out of the game but for almost the entire season.
However, the Spurs boss maintains his team will be ready for the task ahead: “From my perspective, I have often said I don’t set up my teams to play football that is nice to watch.
“I set up my team to play football that will win. You have to believe in that against all oppositions, in all kinds of circumstances.
“There are always tweaks that happen because the opposition will force you to adjust certain parts of your game, but the underlying principles of the kind of team we want to be, no I will not shy away from it now because we’re facing a good team.
“We have to go out there and challenge ourselves to play the football we have so far against one of the teams that will be challenging for the title.”
Arsenal are seeking to win three consecutive league games against Tottenham for the first time since a run of five between 1987 and 1989. This is the first time that both sides come into this fixture unbeaten since 1990 when the pair drew 0-0 at Highbury in the third game of the season.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta described the game as the most special of the season: “Winning always helps and maintains the spirit in the right place and this game does not need any motivation. It is the most special game of the season, a derby, a special moment for all of us and we need to focus on that.”
Arsenal could remain undefeated after six Premier League matches for just the second time in the past 16 seasons.