Arsène Wenger believes Tottenham Hotspur are a “more adventurous” side under new manager Tim Sherwood.

Arsenal face their north London rivals at Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening in the third round of the FA Cup.

They are more adventurous. With Soldado and Adebayor [up front], they have found a balance - at the moment that suits the team well

Arsène Wenger

Wenger has been impressed with Spurs’ revival under Sherwood, but says he has not been surprised by their performances.

“First of all they have lost one big game against Liverpool but if you look at their overall record since the start of the season, it isn't bad,” the manager said.

“I'm not surprised that Tottenham can win football games. They won at Manchester United but Man United this season, even if I think Tottenham played very well, are a bit more vulnerable. They took advantage well of that because they played at a good pace going forward.

“They are more adventurous. With Soldado and Adebayor [up front], they have found a balance - at the moment that suits the team well. They always looked dangerous at Man United and that's certainly the pair that we'll have to keep quiet.”

Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to lead the line for Tottenham, and Wenger admits he is a dangerous opponent.

“What is amazing for him is how fit he was when he came back - how quickly he adapted to top-level competition again,” he said. “He's a player with special talent, I'm in a good position to know.”

Copyright 2014 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 Rob Kelly 3 Jan 2014