Robin van Persie is so fired up after the defeats to AC Milan and Sunderland that he believes this Sunday’s North London derby has arrived at the perfect time for Arsene Wenger’s beleaguered squad.
Behind the Spuds in the League for the first time ever (I think…) the Gunners know that only a win will do at the weekend if they are to close the gap on Redknapp’s bunch of mercenary chancers.
Currently sitting in fourth, but being closely tailed by Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle, Van Persie also recognises that the heat is on in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Speaking in the official matchday programme, our talismanic captain issued his battle cry: “What better way to set things straight again than to beat Spurs?
“I’d rather be playing them now than on any other day, and we know that a win is absolutely vital.”
RVP then went on to say some relatively complimentary things about Spurs, although Arseblog News can exclusively reveal what the Dutchman was actually thinking when the niceness was tumbling from his mouth.
“Hmm, if I say nice things about Spurs before the match, it’ll be even funnier when I decapitate Bale with a free-kick which sees the ball fly into the top corner and that Welshman’s monkey-like head rebound into Harry’s twitchy face…Arsene will claim he didn’t see it, but he’ll love my mental strength.
“Also I should really sign that new contract. It’s so fiddly working how much of a pay cut I must take just so the fans don’t have to pay more for their season tickets. It’s just as well I love them so much…”
Returning to the issue at hand – tracking down Spurs and destroying them – Van Persie continued: “They’re above us for the first time in many years but it’s in our hands to change the way things are going, win the game and start moving closer to them.
“A draw will not be a good result for us [on Sunday], either in our bid to catch up with Spurs or in our efforts to fight off our other challengers for a Champions League place.”