Tottenham Hotspur are undeniably on a very good run of form in the Premier League, with 11 consecutive unbeaten games, accumulating 25 points from a possible 33, however they can’t afford to take the upcoming fixture against Arsenal lightly.
Andre Villas-Boas' side are currently sitting nicely in third place and are four points ahead of their north London rivals. They have also comfortably secured their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a win over Ligue 1’s Olympique Lyonnais.
At the other end of the scale, the Emirates outfit have been in the direst of straits in the last few weeks and are no longer in contention for the FA Cup and are all but out of the Uefa Champions League after they suffered a 3-1 home defeat to German giants Bayern Munich.
This leaves The Gunners with only one true objective this season – to finish in the top four of the Premier League in order to secure qualification for next season's Champions League. They will therefore arrive at White Hart Lane on Sunday hungry and determined.
Going into the match as underdogs will also help drive Arsenal forward to reinstall their historic superiority over their neighbours. It must be mentioned that Tottenham went into the last two fixtures against Arsenal as ‘favourites’ and received identical 5-2 schoolings on both occasions.
Spurs have slowly but surely transformed into a one-man team over the last few months, and were it not for the young Welsh maestro Gareth Bale, who has scored a whopping 31 per cent of their goals in the Premier League this season, it's hard to imagine Tottenham sitting in third.
It reminds of Arsenal from last season, as Robin van Persie scored close to 40% of Arsenal’s goals in all competitions.
Knowing this, Arsenal will have to travel to their neighbours with a firm resolve on marking and closing down the Welshman. The Gunners' back four will have to stay disciplined and resilient, especially Bacary Sagna, who will need to recover some of his old form to keep Bale's danger down to a minimum.
The former Southampton man is brimming with confidence after recent successes, but he is not unstoppable and if he can be eliminated from the game, there is very little to chose between the two sides.
Spurs will be crazy if they are to underestimate Arsene Wenger's team this weekend.
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