As we all know the first north London derby of the campaign between Arsenal and Tottenham takes place on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium.
Some fans and pundits claim that the power has shifted in north London and that Tottenham are now the biggest team in the area.
When asked if he thought so Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told a press conference: “Not at all,”
“I think Tottenham is a good side but we have the quality to win this game and that is what we want to show.”
Wenger has to say that. However, there is truth in his words, as Arsenal are still the favourites to win the derby at odds of 13/10.
Tottenham have a poor Premier League record at Arsenal
Despite a relatively decent record against Arsenal of late, Tottenham have a poor record at Arsenal in the Premier League. In fact, the visitors have won just two of the 25 Premier League derbies on their rival’s home patch.
Tottenham’s last win at Arsenal was in 2010. A lot has changed at both clubs since that victory. No doubt Tottenham have become stronger, but they have still struggled to get the better of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Spurs have struggled to gain many wins at their fellow top-six clubs under Mauricio Pochettino. The fact that the last three meetings between these two sides have ended in draws is not a major surprise.
A win at the Emirates Stadium against their city rivals would be a signal of intent from Pochettino’s men. It would send a message out that Tottenham can win the big games on their travels.
Arsenal are capable of beating Spurs
Arsenal may have struggled to beat Spurs in recent seasons. However, Arsenal does have enough quality to beat Tottenham on Saturday. The way some people talk about the difference between the two teams they make it sound like there is a massive point’s gap in the two teams.
Tottenham are in fact just four points ahead of Arsenal in the table. Spurs may have developed well in recent seasons and become title challengers. However, they have yet to turn that development into cold hard silverware.
Arsenal, on the other hand, may not currently look like title challengers but have at least won a trophy in recent years. The Gunners have won the FA Cup three times in four seasons, which cannot be underestimated.
Wenger is right Arsenal should not be underdogs on Saturday. Tottenham are a good team, but they are also a team can approach big games on their travels with caution and get overawed at times.
Do you consider Arsenal underdogs against Tottenham?