Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on his players to rise above any tension from nervous home supporters when they take on north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners host their neighbours in need of a confidence boost following a dip in form which has seen only two wins from the previous seven Barclays Premier League games, leaving them languishing in eighth place, as well as causing tense atmospheres in the stands.

Wenger, though, insists his team must block everything out as they look to retain bragging rights for their supporters. "We cannot say were are professional if we are affected by any reaction of the crowd. We have to deal with that," the Frenchman said.

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