I have to assume that the fact Arsenal really need to get something from the north London derby tomorrow to keep any realistic hopes of another top four finish alive and kicking is part of the reason for Arsene Wenger being willing to talk about the Gunners looking into the transfer of the Tottenham and England international star Dele Alli when he was coming through as a young player with MK Dons.
It was hardly surprising to hear Arsene Wenger admit recently that Arsenal were keeping an eye on the young Monaco and France international star Kylian Mbappe, as the 18-year old is one of the most pacy and prolific forwards in the football world right now.
Not much has been going right for Arsenal this season, so I was suppose it was too much to hope that Man City would do us a favour in the local derby last night and take all three points off Man United. They did dominate almost completely and on another night would have won but Jose Mourinho brought his big red bus and went away with a point which puts them four ahead of us with one more game played.
Going on the recent form of Arsenal and Tottenham you would have to make the spuds favourites to win the north London derby set to take place at White Hart Lane this Sunday, especially as they also have the advantage of playing at home, but to listen to some of their fans, players and Mauricio Pochettino you could be forgiven for thinking that the three points were already in the bag.
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.
Arsenal fans would still have the hope of a record breaking 13th FA cup trophy win to celebrate if the Premier League season fizzles out with f a first failure in 20 years to secure a top four spot and a place in the Champions League, but only a successful run in to the league as well as that cup final win would make this season anything like a success for the Gunners.
Not many expected Arsenal to beat Man City at Wembley in the FA cup semi-final on Sunday, but I think even less will have expected a resolute, fighting and determined performance from all the Arsenal players to get it, especially after some of the lily-livered and lacklustre dross they have been serving up since christmas.
In the build up to Arsenal facing the reigning Premier League champions Leicester City at the Emirates, Arsene Wenger was asked by the football press about his transfer bid for the Foxes striker Jamie Vardy last summer, and how much he regrets the decision of the England international to turn down a move to the Gunners.