Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has tempted fate with his latest tweet, claiming the Gunners’ plan of action is to ‘rob’ three points from north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
The Germany international is clearly in confident mood after his performance against Aston Villa last weekend, and is now hoping to continue his good form into this weekend’s crunch match at White Hart Lane.
Ozil tweeted: “Planned venue: White Hart Lane - Planned action: robbing three points!#NorthLondonDerby #THFCvAFC #YaGunnersYa”.
Alexis Sanchez's Swansea tweet
Arsenal fans may remember that Alexis Sanchez sent out a similar tweet before the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Swansea City in November.
The Chile international was even more brazen than Ozil with his prediction on that occasion, tweeting: "Going to sleep! Tomorrow those 3 points are coming to London!!! #GUNNERS."
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Although Sanchez scored the opening goal of the game, Arsenal conceded two goals in three second-half minutes, leaving their summer signing with egg on his face.
Ozil’s tweet has been retweeted over 10,000 times and favourites almost 9,000 times - so if Arsenal are beaten by Spurs on Saturday, the former Real Madrid star will receive plenty of reminders about his bold prediction in his mentions column.
Arsenal come into the derby as the in-form side, having won all five of their most-recent fixtures. Tottenham have won three of their previous five matches, but have booked their place in next month’s Capital One Cup final during that time.
All to play for
Arsenal recorded a 1-0 win the last time the two teams went head-to-head at White Hart Lane, Tomas Rosicky scoring an outstanding goal after less than two minutes on the clock to earn all three points for Arsene Wenger’s side.
And it was 1-1 when the north London rivals met in September. Nacer Chadli opened the scoring for the visitors, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted the equaliser with 15 minutes left to play.
Victory for Tottenham would see them leapfrog Arsenal into fifth position in the Premier League table, while a win for Wenger’s men would see them temporarily climb above Southampton and Manchester United into third.