Arsenal v Spurs – Feel the butterflies!

The North London derby between Arsenal and our great enemies Tottenham is now less than 24 hours away, but I am already feeling the butterflies. This is probably one of the most even-matched derbies for a while on current form, with Arsenal only losing two games in the League so far, but Tottenham bettering that with just the one defeat in their opening game against Man United.

It’s not just the fans though, it is the players themselves. Here is what Matthieu Flamini had to say: “It is a power, an energy, an electricity and something that drives you crazy,” he said. “Some people jump from a plane to get this adrenaline, others go to the stadium. It is something you want to experience, not just see on TV.”

LOL Matthieu, I expect you will have a ringside seat, but I doubt if you’ll be playing. But Arsene Wenger, who has watched like nearly 50 of them, is also feeling the pressure. “It’s a special game because it’s always special between the two north London clubs,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “It’s a game with a big importance in the table and psychologically it has a big meaning. It is always a special game and a game where you want to come out on top.

“I agree about the power, energy and electricity around the game. It’s more the feeling [that stays with you].

“I remember when we won the championship there, and our last game in the League Cup was a frenetic game. But the energy, the intensity, the commitment, the happiness when you’re [winning] – that’s what remains with you.”

“You want to keep a cool head as well,” he said. “At the end of the day, you want to control your nerves and you want to focus on playing football. That’s always the best way to win a game.

“There is respect because it’s two teams of quality, it’s always very tight and because, over the years, [the question was] always: will Tottenham finish above Arsenal? Many times we had to fight with them for a Champions League spot. It’s always had a special meaning.”

Yes but they never actually BEAT us to the Champions League spot, and we really need to make sure that thought is erased from their minds tomorrow with an emphatic win. I can’t help feeling the butterflies though…..

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  1. how is this kid miquel toral doing
    I know wenger has had no problems with cms strikers ams and fullbacks over the years.problems have always been with
    goalkeepers centrebacks and dms.
    But I would like to know how this kid is doing.I know he is scoring goals but the reports about him havent been so convincing

  2. Will miss bellerin at R/B tomorrow, against spurs if he isnt declare fit to play! He is so crucial in that position for us now! Coyg!

  3. I wouldn’t be so nervous if Bellerin and Koscielny were playing, The latter is rated 80% to play but Wenger is now worried about Koscielny featuring for France,
    If he is deem fit to take part in the NLD!
    It would be stupid if wenger tries to avoid the international duties by not playing Koscielny if fit.

    1. No on contrary it would be great if wenger could avoid the internationals for koscielny through resting him again

      1. If Koscielny is fit to play against the Spuds,
        Then we will obviously need him to play,
        regardless of international duties!

  4. Come on gunners! Lets dig deep tomorrow and beat those spuds! Im looking forward to having a nice roast chicken sunday lunch with all the trimmings tomorrow! Coyg!

  5. Vardy just keep scoring!……………. would gladly come to Arsenal?……. I DO THINK SO…..are we interested?…… Over to u wenger!

    1. Vardy. He is great for Arsenal and strong hasn’t missed a game. Just watched Stoke v Chelsea now there is a defence that is strong and quick Shorcross would fit in well for Metisaker and there is a player has to be the smallest in the game,stocky and skillfull,as I said before there is very good players out there fit strong and clever,it’s about time we looked out side the box. CB
      Spurs 3Arsenal 1 Sorry but you have to look at both teams at the moment and Spurs are flying high. Leicester win Man U win getting very tight and exciting I hope I’m wrong CB

  6. Looking forward to giroud maintaining his goalscoring prowness in everygame, tomorrow against spurs! Hope he gets a double or hattrick! Coyg!

  7. Lol. The moment i feel any kind of butterflies when we face Spurs i will give up on watching football.

  8. Friggin hate chelski spuds & manure…one thing about Ars is that we have too much quality especially in midfield to win against Spuds tomorrow!
    Spuds rely on hard work & keeping tight at the back to draw or win the game.

  9. I have no confidence in this team or manager, maybe with 3 or 4 additions whilst letting deadwood go.

    Think Spurs and us are on the same level really.

    Not 1st 11, but overall squad, after first 11 we have no one, talent yes but always injured hence unreliable.

  10. Arsenal, Leicester, UTD, Spurs, West Ham, Pool, Everton, Southampton all fighting for 2nd 3rd and 4th this season.
    Although, Ham, Leicester and Southampton will drop off in next 5-10 games.

    Atleast with Chelsea out of picture we should have less worry for top 4.

  11. I will sign for a draw. Our counter attacking players are all injured, Debuchy is a number in the pitch. but playing as a team and banking on OG to use his chances we can beat the chicken

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