Arsenal do not need to win the derby by Sam P
I am feeling quite good about Arsenal going to White Hart Lane tomorrow to face Spurs. They might be in a decent run of form themselves but they are not at the same level as Arsenal have been since the turn of the year. They may have beaten Chelsea on new years day and scraped past League One Sheffield United to reach the cup final, but they also got knocked out of the FA cup at home and have drawn with Burnley and lost to Crystal Palace in the league.
Arsenal on the other hand have been going from strength to strength since the wake up call away to Southampton on new years day, winning five in a row including that hugely morale boosting win away to Man City. Having said all that, I do not think we should be disappointed if we do not win the derby, as long as we don’t lose it.
With Alexis Sanchez out of action with his minor hamstring problem and players like Welbeck, Walcott and Ozil perhaps not fully match fit, a fair amount of our attacking threat could be missing. The Spurs players and fans will no doubt be well up for it and I think we could face a bit of an onslaught, so the name of the game will be to hold and hopefully hit them on the break.
A point would be a good one for Arsenal as it would keep our local rivals beneath us with their next game being away to Liverpool. And it would take us above Southampton and Man United in the table. That could add a little pressure and possibly help West Ham and QPR to do us a favour. Would you be happy with a draw tomorrow?