By Laura O’Leary
Talking ahead of the north London Derby, ITV pundit Lee Dixon claims that the game is not what it used to be, and has doubts about both sides.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror the former Gunner revealed he questioned the desire of the current Arsenal team and went on to doubt Tottenham’s intensity compared to previous years.
The retired defender was more critical of Arsenal throughout his interview, as he did praise Spurs once saying they have “hunger and desire.”
Regarding the Gunners, he said, “There’s no doubt in my mind, there’s been teams in the past, which have had players who had more desire to win a game, no doubt about that.”
Dixon who won two Premier League titles at Arsenal continued to make several comparisons to how the Arsenal team had less passion then the sides he featured in.
The 53-year-old then turned his attention to Spurs suggesting that the current team were nowhere near as intense as the teams before them.
Dixon rhetorically asked: “Will the Tottenham players on Saturday have the same intensity of the Tottenham players that we played against?”
“It’s just the way the game has gone,” admits the former defender, “the Tottenham-Arsenal rivalry is different.
“The intensity of the fixture has died away in the dressing room a little bit.”
Arsenal and Tottenham face each other at the Emirates on Saturday, with Spurs currently leading the way in the table.
Tottenham are third place with 23 points from 11 games, which is four more than Arsenal who are sixth with 19 points.
Last season, Spurs finished runners-up, three places above the Gunners in the league with 11 more points.
In other Tottenham news, a journalist has revealed a major boost for the club ahead of the January transfer window.