Tomorrow is a big day, the biggest game of our season as Arsenal rock up at White Hart Lane for the North London Derby and there is a lot riding on this. Pride, after yet another heavy defeat against a big gun, is something I hope our players have on their minds. We’ve suffered enough humiliating results this season and at home against our biggest rival would be the worst one of all. The players have said enough times that they owe the fans the performance and tomorrow is really the day to come good on that.
We have generally bounced back from the disappointments with good league performances in the immediate aftermath of each embarrassment. The 6-0 at City was followed by a respectable draw with Man Utd that we probably should have won and then two wins. We went on a good run after the Liverpool game when Sherwood was first appointed. The response to the 5-1 at home was not as good but I am hoping that we will react to the Chelsea disappointment with the character that Sherwood was asking for and as he has said himself, this is the big one and the game to really show the fans how much the players care.
A win against Arsenal would bring a feel good factor back to the Lane, something we’ve barely had this season. Apart from winning at Old Trafford there haven’t been many high points this season. Perhaps victory tomorrow could spur us on for the remaining months of this frustrating campaign. Although extremely unlikely, there is still a slim chance that we could sneak into the top four and I would say Arsenal are the team we would most likely overtake even if I am being quite optimistic in my thinking.
They have no Aaron Ramsey, no Mesut Ozil and no Jack Wilshere with a lot of important games coming up as we reach the final stretch. We’re currently six points adrift, (albeit having played a game more) and a win tomorrow will put us within touching distance of the great enemy with their run in probably more difficult than ours.
We have to face Liverpool at Anfield soon after the derby but I would say that’s our only really tough game to come. Arsenal have to play Chelsea and Everton away, whilst they are still yet to play Man City at the Emirates. They have a game in hand but their games are tough and perhaps if we’re both lucky and get our act together fast, we can do to them what they have done to us in the last two seasons. At this point in the last two seasons it seemed like they were going to miss out and we were going to play in Europe’s premier competition, could this be the year we have our sweet revenge? Let’s hope so.
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