Arsene Wenger or Mauricio Pochettino

Why Arsenal aren’t underdogs against Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur head into Saturday’s 184th North London derby four points clear of Arsenal in the league.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are seeking back-to-back wins in this fixture for the first time since 1982, having seen off the Gunners at the end of last season.

Although, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is insistent that his side are not ‘underdogs’ going into this weekend’s clash.


Tottenham fans have been discussing a ‘powershift’ in the north of the London following last season’s league standings.

For the first time in 22 years, Tottenham finished above their bitters rivals, sealing the Gunners’ fate in a 2-0 win at the Lane.

Since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham are yet to lose to their north London counterparts in the league, showing their resounding growth under the Argentine.

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However, for all this talk of a ‘power shift’, all Spurs have to show for it, is last season’s league position.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown claims that despite Tottenham’s dominance on the pitch, they must win a trophy before claiming to be kings of north London.

Underdogs? Not at all

Ahead of Saturday’s North London derby, Arsene Wenger was questioned as to whether he felt his side were ‘underdogs’.

He responded:

“Not at all.

Wenger went on to add:

I think Tottenham is a good side but we have the quality to win this game and that is what we want to show.

There is always pride involved, a desire to beat your opponent.

You need to have full commitment, but as well be lucid enough and calm enough to focus on the game.

It is one of the fixtures of course that is very important for us and that you want to win.

Basically as well, in the table, we have to make some ground up with the top teams.

Read 101 Great Goals’ preview and predictions for Saturday’s derby.