Arsenal welcome Tottenham to the Emirates today in one of the most eagerly anticipated derby in recent times.
Arsenal used to be the cream of the crop in London but this season has seen the gunners fall from grace to grace, playing second fiddle to Tottenham.
Both teams desperately need all three points at stake in this encounter, while Arsenal need the three points to keep their fourth spot hopes alive Tottenham need the points to consolidate third spot and keep their faint hopes of winning the league title.
Tottenham are third on the table 10 points above Arsenal. In the first leg Tottenham won 2-1
Arsenal go in to this fixture after crashing out of two competition last week-the Champions League and the FA Cup condemning Arsene Wenger’s team to their seventh straight season without a trophy.
The alarm bells have been ringing in the Emirates already and since Wenger took over Arsenal 16 years ago, Tottenham has never finished above Arsenal.
This derby against their rivals is one of the most important in Wenger’s career as a defeat in this fixture will see them lose grip with fourth spot if Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle pick up wins this weekend.
And it would be a disaster if Arsenal miss out on Champions League football next season as it will be a first for Arsene Wenger since taking over the London club, it would be a disaster in two ways, first they will lose 45M for missing out on the Champions League and they will lose their talisman captain Robin Van Persie.
Tottenham are enjoying one of their best seasons till date and most importantly they are doing it at the expense of Arsenal. Spurs have lost just four games this season to Arsenal’s eight.
There are just seven points before league leaders Man City and still have a decent shot at winning the league. They have won their last three fixtures against Arsenal and will be looking to pile on more misery on Arsenal by beating them today.
Former Arsenal player Emmanuel Adebayor will return to the Emirates to face his old team today and Arsenal will have their hands full dealing with the attacking trio of Gareth Bale,Luka Modric and Van der Vaart.