Two weeks ago, Arsenal were 10 points behind Sp*rs. A win against our neighbours tomorrow would close that gap to a single point and provide a huge boost to the Gunners chances of securing a top four finish.
It’s a scenario that Unai Emery has discussed with his players this week as they try and build further momentum heading into the final months of the season.
Facing the press ahead of the third North London derby of the season, Emery said: “Matches like tomorrow’s, the players know that it’s important for us because we want to get three points to improve in the table.
“Then afterwards, it’s special for the supporters. We are playing for three points and more tomorrow.”
He added: “We’ve been speaking about the opportunity and each match gives us the opportunity to win three points.
“Sometimes we can take the big opportunity like tomorrow because there were 10 points difference between us and Spurs two weeks ago. Now it’s four points.
“Tomorrow we are going to play together and it’s very important for both teams. It’s very different if you win or lose.
“This is a big opportunity for us to play with confidence in our moment, respecting them because they lost two matches but they are still having a very good season.
“We want to play with confidence and also free in our minds, with a focus on our game plan. All individuals can have this confidence.”
The stats are certainly against us. We’re winless in 21 Premier League away fixtures (drawn 7, lost 14) against other established top six teams since beating Manchester City 2-0 in January 2015. And we’re the only club not to have kept a Premier League away clean sheet in 2018-19.
“I think tomorrow is a very different match to other matches,” said Emery. “It’s not important about their moment or our moments, because both teams will play with motivation.
“It’ll be different for us because it’s away and more against their supporters. For us to prepare, it’s about thinking about the best Tottenham, and thinking we need to be strong going into the match tomorrow.”