By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger will not ask his players to bombard Tottenham's goalkeeper with crosses during the North London derby on Sunday.

Arsenal's opponents have looked vulnerable at the back in recent months. Summer signing Heurelho Gomes has endured a difficult first season between the posts in English football and Carlo Cudicini, who moved from Chelsea to Spurs last month, struggled to deal with crosses into the box during last weekend's 3-2 defeat at Bolton.

Wenger will have done his homework on Harry Redknapp's side but he has no special plans to test Cudicini from wide positions this weekend.

"It is not our basic strength," said the Frenchman.

"Cudicini is a good goalkeeper and I believe that, before he got injured, Heurelho Gomes did well.

"He had a difficult start but he has a positive attitude and he wants to come out for everything. He realised after a while that in England it is not possible [to do that] and he adjusted well.

"They now have two good goalkeepers but we won’t base our tactics especially on that."

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6 Feb 2009