Arsene Wenger has spoken about the positive effect that last night’s Premier League win for Arsenal over the reigning champions Leicester City could have for the remaining few weeks and firstly for the trip to face Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday, Arsenal.com reports.
He said, “Every win gives you a little plus. And on that front, plus plus, plus plus, will help us to go into the next game really focused and with a great desire to win at Tottenham.”
I do agree that the win over the Foxes should help the Gunners in this big derby clash , but not all that much. I certainly do not agree with the manager’s positive assessment of the performance last night.
He said, “We took the initiative the whole game and we played against a team who defended very well and very deep and didn’t give us any space. They are difficult to destabilise and to get out of position.
“Overall we needed to be patient and not become too nervous. In the end we took all the risks, all the gambles – and it paid off. So I am very happy, because the hunger was there, the desire was there, the discipline was there, just what we missed a little bit was the zip in the change of pace and the penetration a little bit. That’s maybe why we suffered a little bit and couldn’t kill the game off.”
I personally thought we were poor but I put some of that down to fatigue from the FA cup extra time win over Man City and it is looking back at that match that gives me confidence that Arsenal can beat Spurs, because it shows once again that we can raise our game when needed, especially when it is the Gunners who are the underdogs.
So I will not be too surprised to see us mash the spuds this weekend, but if we do I am not expecting us to go on and claim another top four finish, because as soon as we are expected to win I reckon the old problems will come back with a bang.
Enjoys this weekend Gooners, if we win, but try not to get too optimistic if we do.