By Nik Brumsack
Arsène Wenger insists his team’s primary focus will be their own performance when they take to the field for Saturday’s north London derby.
Arsenal face a Tottenham side that have won three of their five league away games this season, including a 3-2 triumph at Manchester United.
And while Wenger admits Tottenham have altered their style under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, he is urging his team to focus on their own game.
“Tottenham are more robust physically, more strong in the impact of the contacts and still very dangerous on the counter-attacks and the flanks with Bale, Lennon, Adebayor [and] Defoe,” Wenger said. “They are quick, dangerous and sharp.
“We are just concerned about us being at our best. We are a team whose game is based on movement, mobility and technique and we will express that if we respect our qualities. If we want to play in a different way, it will not be good enough so it is most important that we express our qualities well.
“If you look at the passing quality since the start of the season, we are maybe the best team. We have not always won the battles purely physically, yes, so we have to find a good compromise in that.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 16 Nov 2012