It’s safe to assume that nobody really knows what direction Arsenal Football Club are going to go in next. The expectation for this season has always been that they will challenge for the top four and may go after a trophy or two, but with Unai Emery being sacked before we even hit December, a lot of fans can be forgiven for thinking that everything is a bit up in the air now.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been talking to the media prior to the Southampton game, but as opposed to all of the questions being about the Saints, quite a few people wanted to hear his thoughts on Jose Mourinho. Why? Well, of course, because he has replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager of Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
It’s been a chaotic few days, and now, Emery has tried to make sense of it all
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has never been one to bite his tongue, and that’s proven to be the case once again here, as reported by Metro. The veteran striker was recently discussing an incident during Arsenal’s game against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, in which he felt like the Englishman initiated a dive in order to try and win a penalty.
An odd approach
Whether or not you believe in that theory is up to you, but either way, it’s hard to ignore. Wright is someone who’s opinion has always held a pretty high value at the Emirates, and that’s within the club behind the scenes and with the fans. Of course, when it comes to Spurs there’s a very good chance they’re going to agree with what is being said, because most of it is negative.
The London Derby result was both expected and unexpected. There were many who thought that it would be tough for the Gunners to pull off a win against Spurs, but then again, many thought that playing at home was indeed a good starting point to achieve it. When put into two different perspectives though, fans certainly have a reason to be both satisfied and frustrated. On the one hand, until Lacazette scored in the 45th minute of the match we thought we might lose – so drawing seems okay in comparison. However, after Aubameyang’s goal in the 71st minutes we started thinking we could win – so drawing started looking not good enough.
Arsenal went to war with their bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, and in the end, the two giants of the English game drew 2-2. It was as entertaining as you would expect a game of this magnitude to be and, of course, the stakes were understandably high.
While neither team is really going to be shooting for the title this season, that’s not even really the point. The bragging rights associated with winning a game like this can be huge, and in terms of the season itself, this could be the difference between fourth and fifth. You just never know how tight it’s going to be in the Premier League, and funnily enough, we don’t think it’s all that easy to tell which team is going to be happier with this result.
So the North London Derby ended in a draw, with the two teams scoring two goals apiece.
Perhaps it’s too early at the moment, but the immediate feeling is – disappointment. More than anything else, it feels like an opportunity missed, a chance for Arsenal to pull away from their fiercest rivals and closest neighbours gone down the drain. The teams could have been five points apart, a big advantage this early in the season, but as it is, the gap remains only two.
It’s the North London derby today and that is just so unbelievably exciting, to the point where we can’t quite express how happy it makes us. Well, happy is one word, with incredibly agitated being another, but you get the drift. It’s going to be a stressful ninety minutes but in the end, we’ll know who exactly owns the bragging rights between the two North London rivals.
There is absolutely no need to talk about why it’s important to win the North-London Derby. The rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is well known throughout the world, and well documented over the years. It’s always a big thing to stick a pin into our bitter neighbours and show everyone what colour the north part of the England capital is.
But apart from those sentimental and historic reasons, there are, of course, practical ones as well. Three points are up for grabs, and at this particular moment in the season those three points staying at the Emirates would be hugely significant. The reasons for it lie in some of the other results in this weekend’s round four of the Premier League, as well as the current standings in the table.
Both the team and the fans are gearing up for Arsenal’s match against Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday, which is expected to be just as difficult and just as exciting as the one at Anfield last weekend; hopefully with a different result.
Ahead of the game Arsenal website provides updates regarding the recovery of their injured players, most importantly the three first-team defenders Hector Bellerin, Dinos Mavropanos and Kieran Tierney. Bellerin, who suffered a left knee injury in January, is taking part in on-field rehabilitation, whereas Mavropanos and Tierney, who have had groin injuries, are receiving treatment and further assessment. All three are expected to return to full training in September.
This weekend will see one of the biggest games of Arsenal’s Premier League season take place, as they go head to head with Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby. It’s one of the most famous fixtures in English football by a country mile, and we can’t ever imagine a scenario in which that is no longer the case. These two sides have been battling it out amongst the top four for longer than we can remember, but beyond that, they just really don’t like each other – and that’s always been very clear to see.