Arsenal make the short journey to Wembley tomorrow to take on North London rivals Tottenham in the early kick off.
The Gunners have a fantastic record at the national stadium, winning on their last nine visits. Manager Arsene Wenger explained why his team has been so successful there.
“It was always very important and vital games for us, that’s why the focus was there. At Wembley you play special games where you are under pressure to perform and we responded well to it every time.”
When asked whether he prefers to play at Wembley rather than White Hart Lane, he responded:
“Yes because we have a positive history there and of course, Wembley is a pitch of quality and a stadium with a big crowd and it is always a special day in your mind.”
Spurs currently sit one place above their North London rivals, as they’re separated by four points. Both sides will be hoping for a victory which would bring them into top four contention as fourth place Chelsea look to be in turmoil.
The home side come into the derby following a 2-0 win over Newport County during the week, and honestly the scoreline should have been much higher. Their last two Premier League outings were a win over Manchester United and a draw last Sunday at Anfield. Spurs will be hoping to carry this fine run of form into derby day as a win would see them leapfrog Chelsea into the Champions League places.
Following a disappointing league defeat against Swansea, Arsenal responded brilliantly with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Everton. A match which saw Pierre Emerick Aubameyang score on his debut, as he reunited with Henrikh Mkhitaryan to give the Gunners new life following the sale of Alexis Sanchez.
I would say out of the two sides, Arsenal need the victory the most. A defeat at Wembley would leave the Gunners seven points adrift of the top four and that is a lot to make up, especially with Spurs being in good form at the moment.
We are in for an entertaining derby as both teams will look to claim all three points and take advantage of Chelsea’s situation.