NORTH LONDON DERBY DAY.
It’s here people. The greatest day on the footballing calendar and the best derby game on the planet. Goals, violence, vitriol and excitement from start to finish.
So why, with all those ingredients, are Spurs fans not playing ball?
‘If we get a draw, I’ll be over the moon and surprised’
‘I’ve got no hope’
‘We’ve too many players out and our form is atrocious’
So disappointing. When your nearest and most hated rival set of fans are so deflated, it takes away from the occasion. Maybe that’s why they’re doing it? To spoil my fun?
… cunning ploy.
Whatever it is, I’m not going in hard on confidence. This is a massive game and we have massive losses all over the park. Theo, Rambo, Ozil and Jack all out. It’s not ideal, but we can cope. Spurs have players missing both physically, and mentally. They have unhappy men in the team and I’m pretty sure there are more elite players in their side thinking, ‘what the hell is this Tim Sherwood going on about?’
We can’t take any of that for granted though. We have to come out of the traps and bury Spurs early on. They’ll all be up for the game and as we’ve seen in the past, league position and form means nothing in situations like today. Anything is possible… bar a 0-0 in my opinion. We’ll have loads of space today and plenty of chances to kill them. Giroud needs to be clinical and the rest of the side have to be game for having a dig or going for the killer pass. When we’re missing lots of big players, we sometimes get into the nervous habit of just knocking it about failing to go direct.
Arteta and Flamini anchoring the midfield gives us a solid base, but it also has ‘dull’ written all over it. I’m hoping for big games from Chambo and Podolski and I’d probably opt for Thomas Rosicky.
We have a massive chance to pull closer to Chelsea after their hilarious 1-0 loss to Aston Villa. This is our chance to capitalise and make sure we’re part of the race until the end. The inconsistency in this league is fascinating. You can drop points at any time because our league is so competitive, we don’t want to be doing that today. The game has double impetus… losing is bad at this stage of the season is bad… losing to your rivals can give them a monster boost heading into the last batch of games. We need to take the momentum back. We need players to make themselves heroes. We need a legendary day at White Hart Lane.
Let’s go out there and make it happen!
COME ON ARSENAL!