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Arsenal v Tottenham: Match Preview

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Arsenal v Tottenham; Emirates Stadium; Barclays Premier League; Sunday 26 February 2012, 13:30 KO


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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will give late fitness tests to defensive duo Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs ahead of Sunday's north London derby.

Long-term absentee Carl Jenkinson is close to a comeback after recovering from a back problem, but this weekend's clash will come too soon for the full-back.

Meanwhile, Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to recover from a knee injury to play against his former club, and Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric and Benoit Assou-Ekotto should all be fit to return.

Club captain Ledley King remains a doubt for the visitors who will be looking to extend their lead over Arsenal to 13 points.


Redknapp targets derby delight



Ahead of this Sunday's north London derby, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has revealed his main priority for the season is to finish above Arsenal.

Ten points currently separate the two sides going into this weekend's Premier League encounter at the Emirates Stadium, and it's the first time in Arsene Wenger's reign that the Gunners have been underdogs despite holding the home advantage.

Spurs sit comfortably in third place in the table, and still retain an outside chance of claiming the domestic title, but Redknapp insists that he is only thinking about getting the better of his rivals.

"That's the most important thing for me this year to be honest, to be the top London club," he confirmed. "We have got a nice cushion at the moment but we have all seen 10 points erode very quickly. We have got a tough run of games coming up.

"We have had the upper hand in the derby for the last few years, but they are a good side and dangerous opposition.

"We want to make sure that in the first 15 minutes or so we dictate, get hold of the ball and frustrate them early in the game and get that anxiety coming through in the crowd."

The match will also see former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor return to his old stomping ground with Tottenham - a side he is playing for on loan from Manchester City.

"I suppose he will get some stick - that goes with the territory when you go back to your old clubs - but I'm sure he can handle it," added Redknapp.

"Hopefully he will keep his cool and that's what he needs to do."

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