Arsenal legend Ian Wright is now a respected pundit for the BBC and holds some strong views on the current state of his former club.
The Gunners trail Tottenham by four points and face their north London rivals in a tasty derby match on Saturday lunchtime.
Wright believes the Arsenal players must go into the Premier League clash with confidence, despite Tottenham's hugely impressive recent form.
“It’s always going to be very hard for me to utter those words (that Spurs are better than Arsenal),” Wright told Sky Sports.
“At the same time you can’t deny the fact that they are going places. There’s (been) a lot of progress at Spurs.
“I was just asked about the London derby and they’ve just beaten Real Madrid and beaten them convincingly and they were very impressive.
“The derby is something that our players should be going into thinking ‘I don’t care, I don’t care if they’ve got capes on with S on them’. They should be looking to beat them.”
Ozil v Bergkamp
Wright has not been shy to criticise Mesut Ozil since his £42.5m arrival from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.
The German playmaker, who has refused a new deal at the Emirates, will be able to agree terms with any foreign club in January ahead of a free transfer next summer.
Wright played alongside a true Arsenal legend in Dennis Bergkamp.
The Dutch forward enjoyed plenty of success during his 11-year stay at Arsenal, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cup trophies.
Bergkamp was Wright's teammate upon his arrival from Inter Milan and the latter's tweet late on Monday night suggests the Dutchman left a great impression on him.
An Arsenal fan had tweeted: "Ozil has far more class and technical abilities than Bergkamp ever had, Bergkamp was lucky he played in a good team at that time."
Wright's response on Twitter, laughing off the suggestion, surely echoes what the vast majority of Arsenal fans think on the matter.
In September, Wright slammed Ozil after the German international criticised club legends for failing to get behind the team.
“You’re not signing a deal," said Wright on BBC 5 Live. "And you’re probably going to continue to hide behind the fact that (Alexis) Sanchez is the one that everybody’s going to say, “Is he going to go?”.
“Why haven’t you signed yet? That’s what I would say to you. If you feel that strongly, why haven’t you signed yet?
“A player that is not actually performing on the pitch is coming out, calling people out and he’s not signing a contract. It’s laughable.”
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