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Arsene Wenger: 'Tottenham Hotspur must lose trophy fear'

Wenger: 'Spurs must lose trophy fear'
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims that North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur must overcome their "fear" if they are to end their 10-year wait for silverware.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur must overcome their "fear" and doubts if they are to end their 10-year wait for silverware.

Spurs have not won a single major trophy since lifting the League Cup in 2008 despite establishing themselves amongst the leading Premier League title challengers in recent seasons.

While silverware may have been lacking, Tottenham did at least end a 22-year wait to finish above Arsenal in the league last season, and Wenger has challenged his side to prove that they are still the dominant force in North London during Saturday's derby at the Emirates Stadium.

"[You win trophies] by keeping your nerves and getting the players to focus on what is important. At some stages, by fighting a little bit against your inhibitions - the fear that you won't get over the line. Basically you need to focus on what is important and not focus on the trophy too much," the Frenchman told reporters.

"I was always more focused on finishing in the Champions League. When we had less resources financially I knew that we needed the money to pay the stadium back, so I was more focused on that than on Tottenham. I was never too focused on Tottenham.

"Today, people always take one situation and it is permanent. The judgement is definite, permanent and forever. It is down to us to change the opinions of people with our performances, I cannot say much more. If they have a perception like that they have a perception like that but how can you respond? Not by me talking here, we need to show on Saturday that it's not true."

Arsenal currently trail their North London neighbours by three places and four points in the Premier League table.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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