Confident Arteta aiming for first Arsenal win at Spurs in 9 years “We have to beat them”

It is a very well-known adage that the North London Derby is always won by the team with home adavantage, and it is also a fact that Arsenal haven’t beaten Tottenham away since 2014 when Mikel Arteta was actually playing and not in the dugout.

Well we definitely need to change that historical sequence tomorrow to give us a big boost in the title race, especially as the big Manchester Derby is also this weekend which will seee one of our rivals drop points.

The boss was sounding in surprisingly confident mood ahead of the game. “In the last few years there were places we haven’t won for 15, 17 or 20 years,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “I would like to do it all at once. We haven’t been able to do that, so we have a great challenge and opportunity on Sunday to get that done.

“That’s the challenge that we have. We have to beat them at their place. I think the players are in a really good emotional state. We are excited, we are enjoying playing together and we are in a good position. So we have to improve a lot of the things we still have to do, and we have to maintain the things that have taken us this far.”

I can’t remember the last time i so looked forward to a North London Derby. No matter what happens in Manchester, it would just be so sweet to go 14 points clear of our noisy neighbours so early in the season, having done the double over the Spuds.

Call me overconfident if you like, but I’m going to enjoy every minute untii I am proved wrong!

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16 Comments

  1. OT: Halftime at MANCHESTER derby, United 0-City 0 . And what is very obvious is that UNITED, no matter what happens in their second half, are VASTLY improved under Ten Hag.

    They now look a top side and will improve further and rapidly IMO.

    NEXT WEEKS GAME WILL BE A TITANIC BATTLE TO BEAT THEM. IMO, three teams are now in the title race.

    1. Jon
      What a match and I couldn’t agree more with you on how much Ten Hag has done to revitalise Man Utd who now display the never say die mentality that Arteta has been instilling in the Arsenal team. Utd have spent a fortune on top, top players but it shows just how important the man at the top is.
      They certainly are in the title race

      1. There is a little doubt that Ten Hag has done a great job. How he has been backed is also instructive and essential to what his team have been able to achieve.. He was able to spend a massive amount to add to what was already a pretty strong squad.
        Man U are very much in this title race.

        1. Irony is that United are doing great with much of the old team. Their expensive buys Antony, Martinez are still dividing fans whereas free transfer Erickson, cheaper Malacia, n one expensive Casemiro and host of old players which were once surplus has changed the team. So the lesson is when team is in balance and doing well all players looks better. Same has happened for Arsenal, wise buys rather than expensive ones has transferred our team. And Manu are right in title race now, so Arsenal vs Manu n mancity in space of week is going to be our most important match of the season

          1. I’m not sure it is ironic. They already had a very strong squad and they have added to this. Some of them have underperformed in recent seasons.
            Ten Hag has taken the best from what he already and with the additional players molded them into an effective unit. Casemiro (as an example) cost a lot of money and is essential to the balance of the team.
            This is not to take anything away from TH. However, when you can afford to put a number of players costing in excess of £50m on the bench and still field a pretty strong team you have options and flexibility in games; and over the course of a season.

    2. After that United comeback, we are now 11/8 for the title and City 11/10.
      United can be backed at 14/1 and are the value bet for shrewd punters .
      At least to trade Uniteds title odds, which will shorten for sure.

      1. The moment Haaland doesn’t get the ball in a goal scoring position, he’s completely and utterly useless. He was by far the worst player on the pitch. When we play City, if we succeed in cutting off passing lanes to Haaland, City will be toothless in attack as they were in this match

        1. Its certainly true that HAALAND, in complete contrast to JESUS does not get at all involved in play outside the penalty area , at least not in any meaningful sense. He is, as you say, when outside the penalty area, a passenger.

          I agree with you that he was the worst- at least the most ineffective – player on that pitch.

  2. Arsenal are similar to.MC in a never ending passing game.No doubt Arsenal dominated the game at OT but goals win games and Arsenal who were hit by Mus swift counter
    Why didnt var check on MUs offside goal?
    I fear for thegunners when u have biazed
    refs and var guys.

  3. Wow, City unluckily dumped on by utd and Liverpool thumped. Big chance tomorrow!!!!!!! I would be ecstatic with a draw or a win.

  4. United are very much in the title race. They are a dangerous counter-attacking team.
    Hope we get at least a draw against the Spuds and beat United at home (we owe them) for the undeserved defeat at OT.

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