Derby pressure on Arsenal after Man Utd draw at Man City

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.

He is likely to try to do the same thing at the Emirates next Sunday as well, and we have not exactly been incisive up front of late while their unbeaten run is a real worry for Arsenal and our chances of a top four finish. Even if we do beat them next weekend United will still be above us in the table unless we get something from the north London derby clash with Tottenham this Sunday.

In reality the Gunners now really need to beat Spurs and what is likely to be a much more open game that against United may be the better chance. I do not mean we should go all guns blazing by any means, but the pressure is certainly heavier on us after the United draw than it would have been had they lost.

But if you can’t stand the heat…



  1. gotanidea says:

    Pochettino is clever. If he can use Mourinho’s strategy when Manchester United defeated Chelsea recently, Arsenal’s 3-4-2-1 will be useless. I just hope Arsenal will exclude players that can only keep the ball for maximum two touches like Walcott. He is very quick and has a good shooting accuracy, but always plays with the basics of football. Many Arsenal players are like him, they cannot hold the ball too long and quickly release it to the nearest teammate after just one or two touches. Arsenal cannot dominate and create chances with this method.

    Against Tottenham’s players that rely on their physicalities, it is better if Arsenal use more physical combatants like Welbeck and players that can possess the ball for at least three touches like Iwobi. Tottenham is more attacking than Leicester City, thus it will frustate them if Arsenal can keep the ball more.

    1. Kedar Damle says:

      I think Comparing Chelsea and Our situation is of no use…. Hazard was Man Marked By Harrera which let Chelsea slipped down because Hazard is at Creative heart for Chelsea… This is not the case fir Arsenal… Actually we have better players compared to Chelsea.. Likes of Sanchez, Ozil and most important Chelsea don’t have any passer from deep Midfield, Matic and Kante are certainly good defensively but we have to accept that Xhaka is much advance in compared to that duo… His eye for pass and passing is very good… So we can drive our attack from Midfield too I think Ramsey should start along side Xhaka….

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  3. princegooner says:

    I think arsenal brought this on themselves now we they are trying to play catch up…pathetic.

  4. citrenoogeht says:

    I was surprised to hear Arsene Wenger say, in a recent press conference, that a draw in the Manchester derby would be a good result for Arsenal. Like the OP, I wanted City to win.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      But it could turn out that we need to pass the two of those clubs. Or it could be be city and pool that let us in, or pool and utd. It’s two clubs we need to pass not just utd.

  5. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Spurs are a better side than us
    They are still in contention for the title (barely) for a reason
    Henry thinks only Alexis would make it into Spurs starting 11

    Its going to be one hell of a tough match for us

    I hope we play our socks off
    Spurs already will finish ahead of us
    I don’t want to see Spurs steal the PL Title too
    I would be devasted

  6. Janssen says:

    For me, the pressure is on Spurs not on us. They are still playing for the PL title and only a win will keep them in the race a draw or a loss will end their slim hopes.

    I would set the team up for playing for a draw making them worried and over committed so we can hit them on the counter.

    If we play like we want to win they will kill us.

    Chelsea beat them the same way in the FA Cup, they allowed Spurs to have the ball but were more dangerous when they attacked.

    We are not playing well enough and are not managed well enough to be disciplined enough to go toe-to-toe on strength of attacking and controlling the ball with them.

    Absorb the pressure and look for the counter.

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