I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for tomorrow’s derby against T*tt*nh*m.
Playing a side near the bottom of the table should be welcome opposition at the best of times, but when we can put another nail in our neighbour’s relegation-fighting coffin, I say bring it on!
But, given the Gunners’ flowing football has given way to a stale and staid style of play, I’m not surprised that there is a feeling of anxiety.
Let’s be honest, the form book goes out of the window when we play T*tt*nh*m, even though our record is superb against them over the past decade.
In 18 meetings going back to 1999, when Freddie Ljungberg and Martin Keown were sent off at Shite H*rt Lane, we haven’t tasted defeat in a game that matters.
We may have drawn five and won five of our last ten games, but given the unsettled nature of our side, thanks to regular changes to the central defence and central midfield pairings, that’s a record to be proud of.
In contrast, T*tt*nh*m have jus one win in eight and Harry Redknapp has won only twice as a manager in 29 games against Arsenal.
The smart money would be on a draw – apart from October’s embarrassing 4-4 stalemate when T*tt*nh*m scored twice in the last five minutes, I can think of late levellers from Jermaine Jenas and Robbie Keane in recent years that have made us feel like we’ve suffered a defeat.
Talking of Keane, how will the prodigal son perform tomorrow? His record against the Gunners isn’t bad and I wouldn’t be surprised if he scored.
The absence of Abou Diaby may well be a benefit for us – we need to be cautious initially and I suspect Alex Song will start and provide additional defensive cover.
Where will the goals come from? Manu Adebayor needs a goal and his record in North London derbies is impressive. And let’s hope Robin van Persie can continue the form that has made him our outstanding performer since the start of the year.
Andrey Arshavin‘s arrival gives us all a boost but until the rest of the fantasy players return, there will be a lot of expectation and pressure on his shoulders.
After Villa’s win yesterday, nothing, I repeat NOTHING apart from a win tomorrow will do.
The Scum will be after three points to ease their relegation worries and let’s hope that plays right into our hands.