Ryan Giggs thinks Tottenham will be looking for some revenge this weekend, after Arsenal’s past domination of North London derbies.
Giggs told Sky Sports: “Form often goes out of the window with derbies but Arsenal have tended to dominate, so Tottenham are naturally relishing getting some revenge.
“Spurs are the better team right now but to really have the upper hand they have to do it consistently over the new few years, although with the talented young squad they have I don’t see why that won’t be the case.”
Arsenal have the better record overall between the two clubs, with 80 wins to Spurs’ 62, and the Gunners also have the edge in recent years, with four wins in the last 10 matches compared to Tottenham’s two.
However, Wenger’s side haven’t won against Pochettino’s since 2015, and it was 2014 when they last won against their local rivals in the league.
As well as that, Tottenham have just finished above Arsenal for the first time in 20 years, so whilst the Gunners will want to show that’s a one-off, Spurs will be similarly keen to show it’s not.
On the bright side for Arsenal, Tottenham haven’t won at the Emirates since 2010, and since that win they’ve lost 5-2 at the stadium, twice.
Even if Spurs have managed to put together a couple of wins at White Hart Lane in the last few years, that hasn’t been the case away from home.
Hopefully the Gunners can keep their North London derby unbeaten home record going a bit longer on Saturday. But what the club really need is a win, and a statement to the rest of the league.
Giggs clearly believes that statement will be coming from Spurs, so it’s up to Arsenal to prove him wrong.