This will be Arsene Wenger’s 50th game in charge against Spurs, and the Gunners have only lost 7 of those, but if you check the Tottenham v Arsenal betting odds you will see that Mauriccio Pochettino’s side are hot favourites to frustrate Arsenal’s run of 3 wins in a row, but Wenger has other ideas.
While Arsene Wenger is certainly aware of how Arsenal fans feel about a North London Derby, and it will certainly make this season a little less painful if we can beat the Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but Le Prof says it doesn’t really matter who our opponents are, we simply need to win.
He said today in his pre-match conference: “We know it means a lot not only to our fans, but to us as well. We play for our future and we play to continue our run. We have clarity – we know what is needed from us until the end of the season.
“On that front, it’s quite simple to prepare. We will not sit back, we’ll try to go forward and win the game, because that’s what is wanted on our side.
“The only advantage in our position is we don’t need to calculate. We just need to give everything and to win our games.”
There is no doubt that Spurs were also on a great winning run before being abruptly stopped in their tracks by Chelsea last week, but Wenger seems to think that the Gunners have shaken off their previous bad run of form and are now ready to fight on. He said: “The [last few weeks] have been very important, first of all because they tested our capacity to respond to a crisis of results,”
“The mental test was of course important.
“Also we got positive results where we needed to fight and deliver something special under very difficult circumstances, like the semi-final of the cup against Man City. That rebuilt some belief and reassured everybody that we have the mental strength to do it.
“I think we have shown persistence, tenacity and a desire to win and keep going at any cost. You could see what it means to the squad when we scored [against Leicester]. These qualities will of course be very important.”
A few weeks ago, I would have agreed that Arsenal had no chance in this game, but with our new-found confidence, and Spurs defeat to Chelsea, I’m feeling much more confident that we can keep up Wenger’s great record against Spurs.
As Wenger said, we simply have to win!