It is a fantastic occasion – always was to play in these games. I don’t think there is much blood and thunder these days – I want it to be more of that.
I think that gives us the edge. We are possibly more functional than they are, but if they get into their stride we know they can be very dangerous, so we need to knock them off their stride.
It is my first time as a manager at the Lane to be standing opposite Arsene Wenger and hopefully I will get one over on them.
We’ve got the best game we could have, a north London derby. We won’t need any more motivation for that, will we? I am sure they will be up for it. It is probably the best game we could have.
I always thought it was a good time to be playing Arsenal, but it’s ups and downs. We have to soldier on, you can’t always win games and we know that.
What exactly gives them the edge?
Tottenham more functional than us?
A good time to play Arsenal?
Come on Tim, you know deep down where your heart is and it’s not with the team you manage right now, go on, admit, you were, are and always be a Gooner!!
Just like George Graham was and always will be……
But seriously, Sherwood is right, blood and guts will win this game today together with pride, passion, commitment and the never ending will to win.
The pride of North London is at stake, the bragging rights of winning the biggest derby in the capital of England..
Win today and we will have done the treble over the this season!
Adebayor has waded in to and his comments should spur our boys on:
Arsenal are a good team when they have the ball. When they don’t, they are not that good. When you put them under pressure, they can’t handle it. They don’t have a lot of physical presence. Apart from Flamini, I don’t see anyone who puts themselves into a proper battle.
Rosicky is not that type of player, Cazorla is not the type of player who defends. Arteta is trying to do it, but that’s not his job. They don’t have anybody who can say, ‘If I have to kick, I will kick. If we have to fight, I will put myself at the front of it’. That’s how we have to play. Push them and force them to make errors.
Not one single Arsenal player should need to be reminded about what today is all about but just in case they do then I hope they take on board the comments from a man who once declared his love for us and show him what utter poppycock he speaks .
Lets see that fighting spirit, that desire and passion for the red and white of the club and the never say die belief….
We haven’t won at the dump for a while now, let’s do something about that today Arsene!!