Arsène Wenger believes his team's solid defensive away record can stem the flow of derby goals this weekend.

The days of gritty stalemates against Tottenham Hotspur are a distant memory with 53 goals flying in during the last 11 meetings.

Fourteen of those have come in the last two fixtures - both won 5-2 by Arsenal at Emirates Stadium - but Tottenham also hit five at White Hart Lane in January 2008.

"I remember [when there weren’t many goals]," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "The recent ones have been very prolific in goals, especially the two games at the Emirates.

"We will attack, as you know. We will try to score goals, as you know. Therefore, you can see goals again."

At the other end of the pitch, Wenger will hope for a continuation of the resoluteness that has seen Arsenal concede just 11 times in 13 Premier League away games - with five clean sheets.

"It’s an interesting thing, yes," said. "Away from home we have been consistent and strong. The stats will help us to think we can do it again and rely on our strengths.

"We have a good defensive record away from home, because we attack as well. We our focused on playing our game and we want to continue to do that, especially in that game [against Tottenham]."


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Chris Harris 1 Mar 2013