“If you look at the numbers, no, because he has high numbers,” Wenger said when asked if there was a better striker in Europe at the moment than Kane.The England international spoke this week of how being released from Arsenal’s academy as an eight-year-old left him with a “chip on his shoulder”.Kane has more than taken revenge with a fine record against Arsenal, scoring six goals in seven North London derbies.Wenger broke Arsenal’s transfer record last week to add more firepower to the Gunners quest to beat Tottenham to a top-four finish by splashing out £56 million ($78 million) on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.And the Frenchman is hoping his new front line of Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan — who shone in a 5-1 thrashing of Everton in their fist outing together — can outgun Kane when the sides meet on Saturday.“I believe what you want in a game like that is to keep him quiet and for our strikers to express their talent.”More than local bragging rights are on offer with Arsenal trailing fifth-placed Spurs by four points in the race for a return to the Champions League place with just 12 Premier League games of the season remaining.“It’s a big game because we are behind in the table and we have to catch up,” added Wenger.“It is more important for us to come back mathematically than it is emotionally-charged.”Following their controversial draw at Anfield that saw Spurs win two late penalties and Dele Alli booked for diving, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino defended his players by criticising the fixation with diving in English football.Yet Wenger, who also spoke out against Manchester City’s England international Raheem Sterling earlier this season, believes it is English players who have become the “masters” of diving.“I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it but I must say the English players have learned very quickly and they might even be the masters now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is the most in-form striker in Europe, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the sides’ North London derby this weekend © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Feb 8 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger put North London rivalries aside as he accepted Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is the most in-form striker in Europe on Thursday.Kane, 24, became the second fastest player to ever reach 100 Premier League goals by netting his 31st of the season in just 32 games to salvage a point for Spurs from a thrilling 2-2 draw at Liverpool last weekend.
Ryan Giggs – Winger, coach, caretaker manager – It was quite a moment to savour when club legend Ryan Giggs took to the dugout for his first game in charge as caretaker player/manager following David Moyes departure, as the whole of Old Trafford rallied to support their hero and their team as they attempted to restore some confidence. The Chosen One – He wasnt looking so chirpy for long. It seemed David Moyes Old Trafford tenure was doomed from the moment Fergie bellowed the words: You must stand by your new manager. He saw the team slump to their worst home record since 1978 and achieve their lowest Premier League points tally, which saw him axed just ten months into a six-year contract. 6 6 King Louis – Things have looked more rosy under Van Gaal seen here handing out presents to fans on Boxing Day, what a legend! with the Red Devils firing on all cylinders again. Hes organised and united the team, and though he still has problems at the back, he certainly seems to be the man to steer the club back to glory glory days once again. 6 Record breaker – United smashed the British transfer record to sign Angel di Maria in the summer. The £60m Argentine has excelled for Louis van Gaal’s side this season, but with just three goals in 14 appearances, there’s certainly still more to come from him too. Click the arrow to see five memorable photos from United’s 2014 It’s fair to say it’s been an interesting year for Manchester United.Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement was always going to be a shock to the system which brought over 20 trophies to the Old Trafford cabinets, but it couldn’t have gone much worse with ‘chosen one’ David Moyes at the helm.Hand selected as Fergie’s successor by the great man himself, the former Everton boss lasted just ten months before the club unceremoniously tore up his six-year contract following a disastrous tenure.Things have looked brighter under new chief Louis van Gaal. The Red Devils are finally beginning to look like 20-time champions again, with the side back where they belong, or there abouts, in the top four.It sure has been a 12 months to remember – or forget – for United fans, so check out our small selection of picture highlights above! 6 6 Dream Team? – Van Gaal has overseen wholesale changes in the squad, but most notably have been his attacking acquisitions. Loanee Radamel Falcao initially struggled following his deadline day switch but has looked in bright form recently. His partnership with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie could prove vital in their task to maintain their top four place and secure Champions League football. 6