Spurs v Arsenal: Big Match preview

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Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
White Hart Lane
Barclays Premier League
Sunday, 2nd October; 4:00pm

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Ledley King is a doubt for Spurs ahead of the north London derby against Arsenal, whilst winger Aaron Lennon is set to miss out after picking up a groin injury in the win over Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League.

Arsene Wenger has long-term defensive problems, with Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen absent for the clash. Abou Diaby is also unavailable through injury, whilst Jack Wilshere makes it four ankle injuries and is absent until March.

Wenger: Stability is key

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stressed the importance of stability at the Emirates after a disappointing start to the season at the Emirates.

The Gunners travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday with the hosts favourites, a reflection of the disappointing opening to the campaign made by the Frenchman's side.

However, Wenger says it is not a time to make rash decisions, and that changes would be more likely to have a negative affect on the long-term aspirations of the club.

"Of course stability is very important within football," said the manager.

"I can't say to the contrary because I have been here for such a long time. But what we know is that instability - unless you have unlimited financial resources - costs the club very highly."

With only two wins in their last 16 away matches in all competitions, Arsenal will need to turn the form book on it's head against a side Wenger has great respect for.

Admitting their rivals' squad is also one of the best in the division, Wenger thinks both sides can finish in the top four this term, but felt it was too early to pass significant judgement on either side.

"We have strong squads and can both finish in the top four," he continued.

"But it is still early in the season, so we just need to concentrate on Sunday's match and make sure we are there in May."

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