Neil Ruddock states his emphatic prediction for Arsenal v Tottenham

One of Spurs’ many caretaker managers

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is expected to be fit for Saturday's north London derby but Olivier Giroud remains doubtful.

For the first time in many years, Spurs finished above the Gunners last season and as a result, Parlour says they have to go down as the better team for the time being.

The official showed a Premier League-high five red cards last season, and has sent two players off in his previous six North London derbies.

"We are not competing against Tottenham Hotspur".

There have been some mitigating circumstances, with the Chilean arriving back late from global duty during the summer, and the German hampered by injury, but here we are heading for mid-November and between them they have just two goals and four assists.

"We were under pressure the last couple of years, people talking about winning trophies, obviously we are disappointed not to have won the title but we won FA Cups".

Dembele has endured a frustrating season so far as a niggling foot injury has restricted him to making just three starts for Tottenham in all competitions this campaign.

Spurs were 3-1 winners against Champions League holders Real Madrid at Wembley last month after already beating Borussia Dortmund at the home of English football.

"They are an important part of the team", said Cech.

"But you need them to perform, you need to feel they are committed to the case, I have to say they come every day, they work and as a team we feel that - although there is a lot of speculation, their contracts are different to everyone else's - you can see they are committed to the team".

The Gunners' form has been patchy, especially away from home, and it's hard not to draw some parallels between that and the fact their two star players, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, have yet to make the kind of contribution you'd expect from players of that talent.

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