Arsenal scouted Alli before Tottenham move, claims Wenger

Cheryl Sanders
April 28, 2017

The England worldwide has excelled since moving to White Hart Lane from MK Dons in February 2015 and has twice won the PFA Young Player of the Year award for his performances in the Premier League.

Victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday would nearly certainly ensure that second-placed Spurs finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1995, but Wenger said a one-off achievement could not outweigh a long run of success.

"It's certainly one of the few times where Spurs look favourite in people's minds".

"The priority for us is to finish in the top four", he said on Friday morning.

Spurs are still involved in the fight for the title and as such both sides need a win, as a draw wouldnt particularly help either regardless of results elsewhere.

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal were interested in a move for Dele Alli before he joined Tottenham in 2015.

He added: "You can't say there's been a shift in power - one year doesn't swing it around but Tottenham are playing very well".

"I think he was a bit surprised because he was close to Fuchs".

Wenger is still yet to announce whether he will remain at Emirates Stadium beyond the end of this season and he did not feel it was time to consider the matter further on the eve of a derby weekend.

Koscielny suffered a hyper-extension of his left knee in an off-the-ball incident in the second half against Leicester and has been monitored by the Gunners' medical team since the game.

"We have an opportunity to be in there if we win our games so we do not have to speculate on who is in and not in".

Shkodran Mustafi remains sidelined, with Wenger saying he expects the German to be back in "two weeks". A match with high pace, but there could be goals in there because both teams play positive football and try to go forward and to play in offensive ways.

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