Saturday’s north London derby feels about as must-win as a football game can be, but Arsène Wenger doesn’t feel that way.
Arsenal are three points behind Spurs with 10 games remaining heading into the match and can’t afford to see that gap widen. With even more tough away games to come and some poor home form, can Arsenal afford not to win at Spurs? Is it a ‘must-win’ game?
“We want to win but mathematically you can call it like you want,” Arsène Wenger said on Friday morning. However, the boss isn’t willing to give up even if Arsenal fail to head home with all three points on Saturday.
“It’s a need, yes, but the results are so unpredictable that even the most gifted mathematician will struggle to find a model to work out how this Premier League works.”
The boss has a point. Leicester City dropped points at home to West Brom in midweek yet still extended their lead in the table as Spurs and Arsenal lost to West Ham and Swansea respectively. Meanwhile, Manchester City managed to lose 3-0 at Anfield.
Obviously the campaign won’t be over with defeat, but there’s an incredible amount of work to do if we don’t win at White Hart Lane. Is it the biggest derby ever?
“Maybe the impact, the consequence on the table is bigger but the pressure is the same.”