Arsenal v Tottenham: Premier League confirms referee to officiate the North London derby; while Juventus priced out of a move for Gunners star.
4. Manchester City are not unstoppable – Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that Manchester City will be beaten this season.
Pep Guardiola’s side have managed to win 10 of their 11 Premier League games and drawing the other one.
As it stands, City have an eight-point advantage at the top of the table, with 31 points in total.
“They are a good side, but they’re not an unstoppable side,” the 68-year-old told beIN SPORTS. “If you look at the expected goals it was 0.7 for them and 0.6 for us. It was a very tight game, they created a very little number of shots on target, one more than us, that’s all.”
“Overall I think we were hugely punished with the third goal. At 2-1 we were hugely in the game. I don’t dispute they’re good, but they not unstoppable. But the referee had an absolutely atrocious impact on the game.”
Arsenal are sixth in the league table, 12 points adrift of City.
3. Juventus priced out of move for Hector Bellerin
Juventus have been put off making a move for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin due to his £40m asking price.
The Spain international, under contract with the Gunners until 2022, was linked with a surprise exit from the Emirates Stadium earlier this month.
Bellerin has cemented regular football in North London since arriving in 2011 and remains part of Arsene Wenger’s long-term plans.
But it has been rumoured that the Old Lady were prepared to test the Frenchman’s resolve.
However, Tuttosport suggests that Arsenal will not allow the full-back to leave for anything less than £40m.
The report claims that Juve will continue to monitor the situation ahead of next summer.
2. EPL confirms Mike Dean as referee of North London derby
Mike Dean will referee his seventh North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham on Saturday, the Premier League has confirmed.
In 2015, 100,000 Gunners fans signed a petition to ban him from Arsenal games after a controversial loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge that year.
Dean chose not to send off Chelsea striker Diego Costa for a foul and instead gave Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista a red card for retaliating.
He was in charge the last time Arsenal defeated Spurs in a Premier League match in 2014.
However, Arsene Wenger’s team have a history of bad results in games in which the 49-year-old has been in charge.
Between August 2009 and January 2013, Arsenal won just two of 18 matches that Dean refereed, losing 11.
The official showed a Premier League-high five red cards last season and has sent two players off in his previous six North London derbies.
1. Arsene Wenger drops hint over his next job after Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted he could move into international management after his club career is over.
The 68-year-old has 18 months left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium having previously been linked with the England job.
Wenger was linked with the England job when Roy Hodgson stepped down after their Euro 2016 exit.
When asked about managing an international side, Wenger told beIN SPORTS: “Maybe, yes I will do it at some stage. But until now I like to be involved every day in the life of a club.”
“The real test is there. Four or five weeks [in a tournament] is a different experience, it is more concentrated.”
“I believe the real experience to manage a team is on a daily basis. But I will not always have the physical strengths to do that so maybe I will move into that.”
“I haven’t decided that but it is a fact that my life is linked with football. In what way will be linked with my physical state.”
“But until the end of my life, I will be in football. I don’t know what kind of…as a director, as a manager. As long as possible as a manager but one day that will stop. But I will stay in football, of course.”