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Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal faceoff in the second North London derby of the season at White Hart Lane on Saturday, as both sides look to improve their position in the Premier League.

The Gunners have been in fine form in the Premier League of late, recording three back-to-back wins following their 0-2 defeat to Southampton on New Year's Day.

Arsenal have also been very flamboyant in their last three Premier League fixtures, scoring 10 goals and keeping three clean sheets.

Their 2-0 victory triumph against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City was probably the highlight of the three games as they recorded a quite impressive win at the Etihad courtesy of strikes from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud.

And Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that the victory over the defending English champions has boosted the Gunners' "ability" to do well in the "games."

"That [victory against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium] certainly has increased our belief," Wenger told Arsenal's official website. "There was a big question mark above the team, about our ability to do it in the big games.

"We knew we could do it in the Champions League but to do it as well in the Premier League certainly was a big hurdle for us. I'm confident it will help us to deal well with the rest of the season's big games."

Wenger says that he is especially pleased with the fact that they have been able to keep clean sheets in the last three games – against Stoke City, Manchester City and Aston Villa – despite them scoring a lot of goals.

"When you don't concede goals you want to keep it like that and the more you can do it, the more you're encouraged to do it," he added. "It's a good way to deal with the situation - let's keep a clean sheet and if you can manage to do it, it incites you to do it again."

"Our defensive stability has been tested and it has been our resolve to defend well together. We had a few wake-up calls and I just think that we are focused on defending well together. Maybe there's more urgency [now] in the way we defend."

Finally the 65-year-old Frenchman, who feels that the derby games are always full of "high intensity", insists that Arsenal are both "mentally" and "physically" prepared for this game.

"These games are high intensity and high intensity is dictated by how well you prepare mentally and how well you're ready physically," he said. "I believe that on both sides that we will be ready. It can be a spectacular game."

Meanwhile, Tottenham will also be hoping to come on top in the North London derby despite them not being the favourites to win.

After their inspiring 5-3 win over London rivals Chelsea on New Year 's Day, the Spurs got a little carried away and this resulted in them recording a 1-2 loss against Crystal Palace.

However, after that the Spurs again returned to their winning ways, recording two back-to-back Premier League victories against Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.

As Tottenham are only two points behind Arsenal in sixth place, a victory on Saturday would see them climb above the Gunners to fourth place (if Southampton lose against Queen Park Rangers) in the Premier League.

And Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who feels his side are a little confident following their good performances of late, insists that his side are completely "concentrated and focused" ahead of their clash against Arsenal on Saturday.

"We arrive at the game in a good moment," Pochettino told Tottenham's official website. "We are only two points behind Arsenal and this is a real derby, a special game. We're ready, concentrated and focused for Saturday."

Despite admitting that the Gunners are a "very good team" and the Spurs have "full respect" for them, the former Southampton boss insists that they will be looking to get a win on Saturday.

"Arsenal are a very good team, we recognise that. We go into Saturday with full respect but we will try to get the victory."

Expected starting lineups:

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Mason, Bentaleb; Eriksen, Dembele, Lamela; Kane

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Coquelin; Ozil, Cazorla, Walcott; Giroud

Where to Watch Live

The EPL match is scheduled for 12:45 pm GMT (6.15 pm IST, 7:45 am ET), starting with live coverage in India on Star Sports 4 in India. The game can also be watched via live streaming online in India on

Viewers in the UK can catch the match live on BT Sports 1, while the live streaming option is on BT Sports Online. Catch the game live in the US on NBC Sports, while the action can also be live streamed online on NBC Sports Extra.

Audience in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the game via live streaming online on Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport online. Australia viewers can watch the game on Fox Sports and live stream it on Fox Sports On Demand.

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