Merson talks about the difficulty of judging form ahead of the NLD

Arsenal is in top form heading into the north London derby game against Tottenham this weekend and they are the favourites.

Mikel Arteta’s side has topped the league standings for much of this season and continues to prove unstoppable, while Spurs struggles with inconsistency and mediocrity.

When both clubs meet, fans will feel the Gunners have an advantage, but former Arsenal man Paul Merson does not think so.

He believes derby games are different and could go either way, regardless of who is in better shape before the game.

He writes on Sky Sports:

‘I think Tottenham beating Crystal Palace was a great result for Arsenal because in my opinion it just covered over the cracks.

‘If Harry Kane played for Crystal Palace, they would have won easily. Tottenham were atrocious in the first half.

‘If they had lost that game, as it looked like they were going to before half-time, then on Sunday everybody goes: ‘Oh, Arsenal are going to wipe the floor with Tottenham.

‘That would have increased the pressure on Arsenal but it just doesn’t happen in big derby games. These games are never as easy as they might look for either side.’

Just Arsenal Opinion

Derbies are truly different and form often does not count, so Arsenal must be prepared to go into that game and try to win it with everything they have.

We must not underestimate Spurs because Antonio Conte’s men are a dangerous side when they are in full flow and we expect them to be at their best regardless of their recent form.

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3 Comments

  1. He’s right. The rivalry stokes the fires – they will be right up for it.

    The league position is important too – win and they’re only 8 points behind us. Lose and it’s 14 points. How can they not be up for it?

  2. Amid the drama that is seeing us Arsenal lose out in the Mudryk signing to Chelsea. Albeit through clandestine moves As been reported in the media outlets, if the reports are true, let us take those unfavorable reports as far as us are concerned on our chins. For, maybe the disappointment to not have signed Mudryk could turnout to be a blessing for us in disguise. As Arsenal might have narrowly dodged a bullet.
    Therefore, let us move on from this Mudryk’s episode unpeeturb to the next very important agenda in our front. And address it totally squarely.
    Which of course is our away NLD very important big match to Tottenham Hs today Sunday. A big game deby match that I believe undoubtedly Arsenal will comprehensively win it, beating Spurs handsomely in the match.
    Irrespective of whatever turn up in the match that the Totts bring as offer in the game to harm the Gunners will not succeed but fail. For, the Totts will fail woefully in the match on the day.as the Gunners surely take them to the gun in the game. And condemn them to utter defeat in it . To not only stay top on the table, but open up an 8 points gap lead on their closest rival Epl title win this season Man City team.

  3. Arsenal will win this game in the first 40 minutes, if Conte attempts to park the bus it will be over in a shout.

    There will be a siege mentality brought about by recent events.

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