Glenn Hoddle has claimed that the North London derby has come at the wrong time for Tottenham after the Lilywhites fell to two successive defeats.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that Spurs were sitting at the top of the table with three wins from three matches while their North London rivals were at the bottom, having lost their opening three games.
However, the mood at both clubs has changed significantly since then, with the Gunners rising up the table after wins against Norwich and Burnley.
In contrast, the Lilywhites have fallen to two successive 3-0 hammerings against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, which has piled the pressure on Nuno Espirito Santo.
Spurs now head into the all-important clash at the Emirates knowing that a loss will see them fall below their local rivals in the table.
Hoddle admitted that he is not optimistic about Tottenham’s chances on Sunday, insisting that the Spurs players do not look like they know what is expected of them in the current system.
The legendary Spurs midfielder told Premier League Productions (19/09/21 at 7:10 pm): “They (Tottenham) go into the Arsenal game, this is a massive game for them, it really is.
“For both clubs, in many ways, because Arsenal are just getting a little bit of form and points on the board.
“And Spurs are in this semi-rut. To go against Arsenal, in the North London derby, it’s probably come at the wrong time. They have to raise themselves.
“I am just concerned when they have got the ball and without the ball, both times, they don’t look to know what they are doing. They don’t know where everybody should be.
“I don’t see a system within a system. It’s all a little bit off-the-cuff if I am honest.”
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I would be reasonably confident if we were playing Arsenal at home but given that we hardly ever seem to play well at the Emirates, I am expecting the worst on Sunday.
For Nuno’s sake, I hope we manage to come away with a draw as a loss against the Gunners will see the pressure mount on the Portuguese coach early into his Spurs reign.
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