Former goalkeeper David Seaman believes Arsenal will use their slight upturn in form to edge out Tottenham this Sunday in the first North London derby of the season.
The Gunners endured a horrid start to the campaign, but recent results have lifted the mood at the Emirates Stadium.
They notched their back-to-back wins in the Premier League against Norwich City and Burnley, before securing a place in the Carabao Cup fourth round during the week with a 3-0 win against AFC Wimbledon.
It was all doom and gloom over a fortnight ago, though, after Mikel Arteta’s side were rooted to the bottom of the table without a goal to their name, while Spurs were soaring at the top and enjoying a positive start to life under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Spurs have since slipped to seventh after enduring two wretched 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea following the international break, meaning the gap between the sides stands at three points.
The fixture this weekend is finely poised with both sides experiencing mixed early season form, but former England keeper Seaman feels Arsenal will do just enough to claim North London bragging rights with a 2-0 win.
He told Metro Sport: “It’s one that we need to win for the fans and it’s tough.
“My gut is telling me that we’re going to win if I’m being honest. I just feel that we’ve got a little bit of confidence back with the last few results.
“My only worry is that Harry Kane scored in the week and that will give him a lot of confidence back, but I still feel that we’ve got enough now, now that we’ve got our confidence and everyone is back. They’re all clear of injury.
“It will be tight, there’s no doubt about it, and I’m more looking forward to it now because the referees are letting a few more tackles go and there will certainly be a few going in in that game.”
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Both sides have had peaks and troughs to start the season, but as with all London derbies, anything can happen on the day of the game and form goes out the window.
Arteta and Nuno have come under some pressure already, and a win for either of them will no doubt win some fans back over onto their side.
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