'Very hard for me' - Ian Wright makes surprise claim ahead of Tottenham clash v Arsenal
By Russell Edge
Former Arsenal star Ian Wright has said that he has to admit that north London rivals Tottenham are “going places” ahead of their derby clash on Saturday.
Spurs will travel to the Emirates Stadium sitting third in the table, eight points off league leaders Manchester City, level on points with second placed Manchester United and four points ahead of Arsenal, who are currently sitting down in sixth.
After 22 years of finishing below their local rivals in the league, last season saw Mauricio Pochettino guide the Lilywhites to a second placed finish, finishing as runners up to an imperious Chelsea side, and four places above Arsenal.
Despite the tables having seemingly turned, Wright, has surprisingly claimed that current form should play no part in Saturday’s showdown, and that the Gunners can come away with a result.
He told Sky Sports News (13/11): “It’s always going to be very hard for me to utter those words (that Tottenham are better than Arsenal)
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
“You can’t deny the fact that they are going places. There’s a lot of progress at Spurs.
“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.”
The last meeting between Spurs and Arsenal ended in a 2-0 win for the Lilywhites earlier in 2017, with Dele Alli and Harry Kane netting, while the last game at Arsenal finished 1-1, Kane scoring an equaliser after a Kevin Wimmer own goal.
The 24-year-old striker has netted six goals in his last five appearances against the Gunners, while Spurs’ last league defeat to their fierce rivals came seven matches ago, with Tomas Rosicky scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win back in 2014.
In other Tottenham news, this league manager has made a shock claim over trying to sign a Spurs star last year.