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Arsenal won 1-0 on that occasion in the FA Cup semi-finals, avenging a 3-1 loss to Tottenham at the same stage of that competition two years earlier. Mauricio Pochettino managed that win despite resting Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, which should stand them in good physical stead for this huge clash with Arsenal.

"This is a bit of a home game for Arsenal due to their Wembley record", Merson told Sky Sports, after predicting a 2-2 draw.

Challenge Cup winners Hull FC also finished some way ahead of Wigan in Super League last season, and while the Warriors will be hoping for better luck with injuries this season, they are fundamentally the same side as previous year, while Hull's steady improvement under Lee Radford can be expected to continue. Eight unbeaten in the league has helped the North London club keep in touch with their top four rivals, but they still aren't doing quite enough.

"I am honest always and I gave you what I feel", said Pochettino. Where is it and how far can you go?

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has declared himself ready to face Arsenal after returning from the longest lay-off of his career.

Elsewhere Lucas Moura is lacking match fitness and will likely miss this game as a result.

Arsenal come into the fixture boosted by the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, both of whom have had successful introductions to life under Arsene Wenger. Both of those games were away from home, and the Gunners' form on the road has been diabolical this season.

With their hopes of a top four place and qualification for the Champions Leahue hanging in the balance, the Gunners can ill-afford a damaging defeat at the hands of their hated neighbours on Saturday, while Tottenham are also a point adrift of the top four and desperate to avoid defeat.

As the home side, Spurs are natural favourites, but Arsenal have new firepower and sumptuous options after losing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

Arsenal are coming on the back of a hugely satisfying 5:1 win over Everton, where they completely dismantled their opponents with some ruthless attacking endeavour. Nacho Monreal should be alright, so it should be a similar squad. He could be joined on the bench by Danny Welbeck, who is also fit.

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira believes Tottenham star Harry Kane is the "most complete striker" ahead of team-mate Gonzalo Higuain and Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski. Sorry Spurs fans but this is one of those games that's still sung about in the stands. Lacazette is just one goal away from hitting double-figures, however, and has looked devastating at times this season.

It's the big one this weekend, the North London derby.

The Baggies are in all sort of trouble themselves right now as the expected new manager bounce never happened when Alan Pardew took over in November, meaning they sit at the foot of the table.

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