With Arsenal crashing out of the Capital One Cup in the third round, supporters desperately need convincing that the club are still going forward. The biggest test of that will be this weekend when their fierce North London rivals Tottenham come to town.
The Gunners haven’t lost at home to Spurs since 2010, and in their last 10 league meetings, Arsenal have won five and drawn one. Last season, they did the double over Tottenham, and this campaign the two clubs are having contrasting fortunes in the league.
While not outstanding, Arsenal remain unbeaten and in the top-four of the table. Tottenham are winless in their last three games, with their last league victory coming in August. Mauricio Pochettino’s side picked up just five points against the top- five teams in the league last season, so Arsenal know they can’t entertain less than a win while Spurs are at their most fragile.
Manager Arsene Wenger made 10 chances to the side which beat Aston Villa last weekend, so the typical starters have been given a rest to be 100% for their derby game. If Wenger wants to convince the supporters that Arsenal are still going forward, they need to win on Saturday in front of their home fans.