Arsenal always want to win every game we play, of course, and just like any local derby the games against Tottenham take on extra significance. Arsene Wenger clearly understands the passion of the north London derby after being our manager for more than 20 years and with most of our players having been with us for quite a while you would assume that they do as well.
Arsenal fans found out to our cost just how well organised and frustrating Middlesbourough can be, as Aitor Karanka´s team held the Gunners to a draw a couple of weeks ago to halt our growing momentum and stop us going clear at the top of the Premier League.
When Arsene Wenger gave us the latest Arsenal injury update the other day, there was a lot of concern that our annual bad luck was coming back to cause us problems at the worst possible time, with the first north London derby of the season coming on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he has five possible doubts for the weekend’s Arsenal-Tottenham match-up.
The Gunners play host to rivals Tottenham this weekend in the North London Derby, and both managers have question marks over the availability of some key players.
Jan Vertonghen has claimed his Tottenham side has been unlucky in recent weeks, and expects better against Arsenal.
Spurs make the short trip across North-London on Sunday to take us on, and we come into the game with very different form.
It might seem a bit much to demand that Arsenal win every game, but I really think that we need to be right on the money after the current international break. The win over Burnley was well needed but on another day our slightly off the pace performance would have been punished, so if the Gunners are serious about winning things this season they need to hit the ground running when club football starts again next weekend.
While things are looking pretty flippin’ good from an Arsenal point of view right now, with a decent draw against Reading at home for the next round of the EFL cup as well as a good chance of topping our Champions League group and winning the last four Premier League games in a row, the Gunners are still faced with the worrying fact that we are still five points behind the current league leaders.
I am not quite sure how it has happened to be perfectly honest, but after a pretty awful start to the season from Arsenal and with our big rivals for the Premier League title all setting off like rockets to leave us playing catch up, Arsenal find ourselves in third place and above Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham, although the spuds could go above us if they beat Sunderland today so hopefully the Black Cats can be unlucky for them and give Arsenal fans the perfect day.