Ian Wright says that Arsenal have enough players who know what the North London derby means to ensure that the Gunners put in a performance against the old enemy at the Emirates tomorrow.
Some see Sp*rs as favourites for the game, a sea change from the last 20 years when they were almost always the underdogs, and it’s 2014 since Arsene Wenger led his side to victory in the derby – a Tomas Rosicky goal securing a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.
The club’s former record goalscorer admits times are different from when he was playing, but insists there are enough players in the team who understand just how important the derby is.
Speaking on this week’s Arsecast, he said, “It’s down to people like Jack, Aaron Ramsey, people like that who know now.
“Koscielny, he’s ingrained in it. Bellerin’s been there long enough, we’ve got players who have been at the club long enough to know what this means.
“It’s a whole different time from when we played, and I’m not going to try and compare how we were in the dressing room to how these guys are, because when you’re talking about someone like Tony Adams … he was frightening!
“Five, ten minutes before you went out. Merson, Rocastle, Thomas, Davis, all those people who came up through the ranks playing against Tottenham, hating Tottenham, knowing what it means to the fans not to lose.”
And on a possible win reigniting what has been a disappointing season to date, he continued, “It’s not going to be an easy game, but it might give us a little something.
“You know, a chink of light, and you see if the guys can use it to kick on, because I just feel that it could be something.
“Just let us know we can beat one of those teams, beat them well, and get confidence from it.
“I just want us to win this game, and we can deal with everything else afterwards.”