By Richard Clarke

Arsenal’s 5-1 humbling at White Hart Lane will have no affect on tonight’s North London derby, says Arsène Wenger.

Much has changed at Tottenham since Juande Ramos led his side to a Carling Cup victory after thrashing their near-neighbours in the Semi-Final second leg last January.

At the weekend, the Spaniard was sacked after a poor start to the season and Harry Redknapp will take the reins for the first time when the two sides meet in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium this evening.

Sunday’s win over Bolton suggests their season may be finally starting to turn a corner. However Wenger believes his side will not be influenced by that meeting at the turn of the year which ended his run of 21 games against Tottenham without defeat.

“It was down to the Carling Cup,” he said at Tuesday’s press conference.

“We consider the Carling Cup as a different competition - an educational competition.

“I believe it has been accepted by our fans and the majority of them like the fact we do it like that. We have sold out already against Wigan [in the next round of the competition] so that shows our fans want to see the young players.”

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29 Oct 2008