Arsene Wenger confirms Per Mertesacker is available for Tottenham

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that German star Per Mertesacker is available for tomorrow's north London derby against Tottenham. 

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Gunners chief insisted that there should be no problem with his vice-captain ahead of the showdown at the Emirates. 

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Arsenal fans will certainly be pleased that Mertesacker is ready to star against Spurs after the experienced defender picked up a slight knock. In the Gunners' last outing - in the Capital One Cup against Southampton - Wenger handed a number of inexperienced players starts in the club's 2-1 defeat. 

The likes of Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin, Isaac Hayden and Francis Coquelin all starred against the Saints, but the Gunners look set to field a far more experienced back-line in tomorrow's clash. 

Wenger told reporters: "Per Mertesacker is available for the weekend - I don't think there will be a problem with him."

As well as Mertesacker, it's likely that Laurent Koscielny will return alongside him in the centre of defence. Chambers, meanwhile, looks set to keep his place in the starting XI, but should star at right-back, with Kieran Gibbs filling the left-back role.  

Huge clash 

Arsenal will be desperate to make a statement against their north London rivals as they go in search of victory tomorrow evening. The Gunners are still unbeaten in England's elite division after securing two wins and three draws from their opening five fixtures so far this term. 

Wenger's side will, however, be hoping to start a winning run, with the club already four points behind league leaders Chelsea. 

Tottenham, on the other hand, have endured a tricky start to the season, having picked up just two wins from their five games under new boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Wenger, though, has insisted that his side's north London rivals will benefit from stability this season, as he continued by saying: "It's too early to judge a team but Tottenham will benefit from the stability they will have this season."

The Gunners chief has also insisted that he's proud of his achievements with the club, as they've been in direct competition with Tottenham for Champions League places for a number of years. 

"I'm more proud to reach our targets and we've had to compete with Tottenham to get into the Champions League."

Arsenal and Tottenham fans: What's your score prediction for tomorrow? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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