Arsenal go away to “The Toilet Bowl” on Sunday to play Tottenham Hotspur in the 55th league meeting between both London Clubs. Arsenal go into this tie one point ahead of their North London rivals with aspirations to celebrate ‘St Totteringham’s Day’ this season. A feat they have not managed since 2017 after enjoying the celebrations for 22 consecutive seasons.
Culled from Premier League
Going into the game on the back of draws against Leicester and Bournemouth for Arsenal and Spurs respectively, both managers would be looking to get all three points to maintain the pressure of the Manchester United, Wolves and Sheffield United in the race for a European spot next season.
Recent history, however, does not favour the Gunners as Arsenal have won just one of the last six away North London derbies with the game at the Emirates earlier in the season ending in a 2-2 stalemate. Both of the last two meetings between the sides have ended in a draw and several betting sites expect a similar result from this game.
Five of Spurs’ last six top-flight games have seen less than three goals, while Arsenal have failed to score more than two away from home in 14 road trips.
Speaking ahead of the derby, Arsenal coach paid failed to draw any blood against his rival as he maintained a professional approach during his press conference stating
“I have huge respect for Jose and what he’s trying to do there and we know we’ll have to do everything really well to get a win there on Sunday. Tottenham have had some ups and downs but you can clearly see what Jose wants to bring to the club. He manages the energy, the momentum and establishes a really strong culture in every football club “
It’s a wonder if Mikel Arteta would have this approach internally. Given he was a former Arsenal player would have imbibed the culture of the North London Derby from a player and fans perspective, Arteta seems to be focused solely on the tactical approach rather than an emotional approach to winning games. The manager had already called for his players to use their passion in footballing ways on the backdrop of the Guenduozi debacle against Brighton last month.
“When we show frustration we have to show it in the right way,” said Arteta after the 2-1 defeat. “I haven’t seen the images [from Guendouzi] or what happened but we will talk about it if that is the case. Emotionally, we have to control the situations much better.
Arsenal, however, would have to be wary of Harry Kane who seems to always find a way to score the Gunners. The former Arsenal recruit currently leads the table for players with the most North London derby goals, a statistic Mikel Arteta would be very aware of going into this game
A win over Tottenham would not only create a four-point gap over our rivals but be an emotional boost for Mikel Arteta and his boys as the work towards climbing in the table and getting ready for what is a tough run of games ahead.
We wish Arsenal only the best against Tottenham on Sunday.
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