Ian Wright on the north London derby
It’s been a few days since Spurs beat Arsenal at Wembley in the Premier League.
But in Tuesday’s edition of the Sun, Ian Wright has had his say on the impact of Tottenham’s 1-0 north London derby win.
Harry Kane’s terrific header was the difference between the sides.
Petr Cech was in top form to deny Spurs scoring a second, while Alexandre Lacazette missed two chances to level for Arsenal late on.
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For Wright, Arsenal’s defeat was yet another difficult pill to swallow.
After the win over Everton, most hailed Arsenal’s excellent pieces of business in January.
Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mhkitaryan swapped clubs, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived from Borussia Dortmund.
But have Arsenal improved? Wright doesn’t think so, and he’s predicting a gloomy forecast moving forward:
Fourth spot in the Premier League now looks impossible for Wenger.
When you consider the defensive errors that keep happening, I cannot see Arsenal avoiding defeat.
They don’t seem to be learning or improving and that is really frustrating… I just don’t see Arsenal improving.
Arsenal in the Europa League
The thrust of Wright’s piece was to focus attentions on the Europa League. That now looks like Arsenal’s best avenue to qualify for the Champions League.
But how will Arsenal fare against Swedish minnows Ostersunds?
Arsenal have been useless away from home this season. So could their be another shock on the cards on Thursday?
Who are Ostersunds?
Ostersunds were founded in 1996, just weeks after Arsene Wenger was named Arsenal manager.
They play in Sweden’s top division, The Allsvenskan.
Ostersund is based in the middle of Sweden, in the centre of the arctic circle. Arsenal will be playing in a freezing cold temperature, estimated to be around -4 degrees.
The cold weather in Ostersund prompted the team’s social media account to send a funny message to Arsenal.
— Östersunds FK (@ofk_1996) February 12, 2018