Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Arsenal Boss Wenger: Redknapp Will Not Be A Factor

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed that the arrival of Harry Redknapp as Tottenham Hotspur manager will have no bearing on the outcome of Wednesday’s North London derby, with the Frenchman insisting that the derby is “a special game” and the result lies more in the way the Gunners play than any galvanising effect Redknapp can have on Spurs.

Redknapp’s was present in the dugout for Tottenham's first win of the Premier League season against Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on Sunday, which has lifted the mood around the Spurs camp, but Wenger believes that Redknapp’s replacement of Juande Ramos at Tottenham, will not be a factor at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger said: “I believe if there is one game that is a bit special, it is Tottenham versus Arsenal so I don't think that will change a lot.

“Certainly in the longer term future it will change things for Tottenham, the fact that Harry has taken over, but I believe in tomorrow's specific game it is more about how well we will play and I believe that is more important than anything else.”

The last North London derby saw Spurs rout Arsenal in the semi-final of the Carling Cup 5-1, but Tottenham have not been victorious on Gunners soil for 15-years since 1993 at Arsenal’s former home Highbury. With Arsene Wenger’s side unbeaten in 17 games against Spurs in the Premiership.

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