Home advantage makes Arsenal clear favourites over Spurs?

Martin Keown has claimed that doesn’t expect Tottenham to earn all three points against Arsenal because of the Emirates effect.

The White side of North London has been incredible so far this season, earning their current league position in third with a number of dominant displays, and even defeated Real Madrid in the Champions League last month.

Some are claiming a power shift in North London, with some even stating that the visitors are favourites for Saturday’s encounter, but former Gunner Martin Keown claims that home advantage should see Arsenal through.

“If this was at Wembley or White Hart Lane, I would be expecting Tottenham to win,” Keown said.

“But Arsenal are a different animal at home. Maybe it is because everything has to be perfect for them. The familiarity and support teases out more expressive performances.

“Arsenal’s support will be more vociferous on Saturday because their dominance has been snatched away.

“Tottenham fans used to be so bitter because Arsenal were winning trophies. Now, the Arsenal fans will be angry.

“Whatever may be missing from Arsenal’s performance will be made up in the support from their fans. They will make this a white-hot atmosphere for Spurs.”

Our boys have won their last 10 Premier League matches at the Emirates Stadium, and will be very keen on keeping that run going, especially considering the implications the derby loss would consume.

A win would also ensure we keep our hopes of a top four finish alive, with a loss likely to leave us six and seven points behind Chelsea and Spurs respectively.

Unfortunately form rarely holds up going into derby matches, regardless of the size of the teams involved, and this could well prove to be one of the biggest NLD matches of the PL era.

Is the Emirates becoming a fortress for Arsenal? Can the fans prove the difference against Spurs?

Pat J

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  1. What I understand from Keown, is that basically he thinks Spurs are the better team, and that they would win most of the time, but we will be able to avoid loosing at the Emirates. Interesting, or rather; tragic, that is where we are.
    Personally, I believe it will be a draw. Spurs can live with a draw, and if we don’t loose, Arsene can avoid total uproar.

  2. If(a very big IF)we do win against Spuds ,as Mr DT says It will only be paper over the cracks coz there is always a Watford/Stoke or a Liverpool drubbing round the corner .
    I still remember the 2-0 victory over City when everyone believed that we had turned a corner but what happened next needs no explanation.
    Hence a victory will undoubtedly be amazing but it won’t lay down the kind of marker that we fans are speculating about.

  3. The fans have there part to play tomorrow by letting the spuds know that north London is still red. Keep anything crossed that the boys turn up tomorrow and are ready to go hard, it will be interesting to see the starting 11.

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