Thierry Henry is hoping that Sunday’s North London derby can provide a ‘spark’ to this Arsenal team as they chase that much coveted top four finish.
It’s nearly twenty years since Sp*rs did a league double over us and after two successive defeats a good result is absolutely crucial, not just for the points but to restore some pride and confidence.
Speaking to the official site, Thierry said, “For years we have been used to being on top of T*ttenham, by a mile, and now it is the opposite. But this is the derby, which you don’t want to lose, and we need those three points massively.
“Hopefully it will be the derby that can spark the players, the fans, everybody at Arsenal Football Club. We’ll see.
“The league is going to be very difficult but the top four is in Arsenal’s hands. They have the squad, there is a long way to go, they have to play Chelsea at home, T*ttenham at home, Newcastle at home, Man City at home… it is not impossible.”
Meanwhile, Lee Dixon says that this is the most important derby in Arsene Wenger’s time at the club, but also believes that a big game might just be the thing to get the Gunners out of their current slump.
This is the most important derby in Arsene Wenger’s 16 years as Arsenal manager,” he said. “It comes at a very poignant time in the club’s history.
“When I was at the club, if we ever had a bad series of results the next game you want to be a big one because it gets your mind focused on what’s coming rather than feeling sorry for yourself.
“And there’s no bigger one than the north London derby at this stage of the season with so much at stake. So roll your sleeves up and get stuck in.”
Whatever else happens an Arsenal team that doesn’t get stuck in to the old enemy on Sunday would be the most disappointing thing of all.
We shouldn’t even have to hope they’re up for this one.
Don’t forget, you can hear an exclusive, in-depth interview with Lee Dixon on today’s Arseblog Arsecast.