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Nasri: We Must Beat Spurs

Nasri: We Must Beat Spurs

G'day Gooners, it's been a long quiet week since the painful exit of the Champions League, though as always, we've been able to count on Spurs to cheer us up.

The timely (and not forgetting comical) demise of Tottenham's FA Cup campaign links directly to the upcoming North London derby.

Spurs had to battle for 120 minutes and a shoddy Wembley playing surface against a Pompey side who played with more spirit and determination than I've ever seen in a football team. Of course the fact that they lost the match only added to their woes, along with the loss of Wilson Palacios through suspension.

Despite all that, Arsenal's Samir Nasri is still approaching the game with caution, claiming that to win the league, we must beat Spurs.

'Spurs have surprised me because from the start of the season they have been there fighting for a Champions League position,' Nasri said.

'This makes it harder for us. We can still win the league, but for that to happen we have to beat Spurs.'

You can always tell players who are still relatively new to English football, because it's never surprising to see Tottenham challenging for honours, it comes as even less of a shock to see the completely balls things up when they get within touching distance.

Jokes aside, NLD's can never be taken lightly, the form book goes out the window and caution is the order of the day. We may be unbeaten in PL matches with Spurs since the early 1900's, but it's inevitable the day will come that they do actually beat us, whether it be via a touch of luck of by them deserving it, it doesn't matter.

So whilst we all know that we WILL lose to Tottenham one day, let's be on our game and make sure that when that day does finally arrive, it won't have any impact on our season.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday April 12 2010
Time: 12:27PM


What a difference a day makes, before yesterday I was apprehensive about Wednesday, no Cesc no Gallas no Arshavin no RVP, sp*rs would be on a high after strolling through to a cup final, it looked pretty daunting. Now today it's definitely advantage us, the lasagne dodgers were punished over 120 minutes, must be utterly demoralised after wimping out against a relegated club in tatters off the pitch. They'll come steaming out of the traps like the keystone flops as per usual but will probably flag after 55 mins or so. Would love us to celebrate st totteringhams at theirs whilst nailing their over fanciful CL aspirations.
12/04/2010 12:48:00
Nasri will be the lynchpin for us anyhow so it's crucial he plays well as he's pretty much our sole creative outlet in the middle, with Palacios out, Diaby should have a pretty good game as hundredstone is far too obese to catch him.
12/04/2010 12:56:00
A 14-0 win would take us top!
Sir Henry
12/04/2010 13:30:00
With Kaboul and Livermore in centre midfield, 14-0 is suprisingly possible
12/04/2010 13:40:00
14-0? Ye of little faith... XD
12/04/2010 13:59:00
I'm getting the feeling a lot of Gooners have fallen into the trap of looking at Sunday's game and thinking we've got this in the bag. Firstly, this is the one game Spurs will not needing any geeing up for regardless of the weekend. Secondly, we have problems of our own, Chelsea, United and Liverpool all dropped points immediately following their Champions League exits, don't underestimate the mental dip we will experience. Thirdly, Spurs are a side in the upper reaches of the league, on their own ground and we're going there minus Fabregas, Arshavin, van Persie, Gallas and possibly Song. Our big target should be to not be behind going into the last half an hour, where doubt could then creep into Spurs' mind and fatigue will play a part too. If we go behind at any point, any advantage garnered from Spurs' weekend expedition is totally wiped out. The players really need to be serious about that. Plus, they're going to do it one day aren't they? Probably on an occasion when they don't deserve it.
Little Dutch
12/04/2010 14:15:00
Good grief, LD. Get out off the wrong side of the bed did you?! LOL! Here are the reasons I am so positive about Wednesday. 1) While our injury-list made last Tuesday's result against the DEFENDING European and World Club Champions a cast-iron certainty before a ball was even kicked, the softness of that exit contrasts sharply with spuds' totally unexpected knocking out by a newly relegated, very broke Pompey. They've got to be hurting more. 2) Our match will have been 8 days previous, while they've had to run for 120 mins on the warmest day of the year, on the worst pitch in the western world :) a mere 3 days previous. They've got to be sapped mentally and physically in a way that will come into effect by the second half on Wednesday, no matter how willing the spirit. 3) The full weight of their historical inferiority to Arsenal is a burden they have to carry. While we should never be complacent, it helps our team to know they have history on their side. 4) Last but not least, our squad is better than theirs ALL DAY LONG. We still have a major trophy to play for here and the motivation of the NLD is the perfect tonic to banish any lingering dark clouds from last week. As if the title isn't bait enough, there is also St. Totteringham's Day and the kick in the teeth to any silly champions league pretensions. Need I go on? Team talk? This game doesn't need a team talk.
12/04/2010 14:39:00
Im with Tim on this .. take Sp*rs lightly at our own peril. They will be up for this one.. And we have our C team on. We can still beat them but it needs 90 minutes of total commitment. No slips from Clichy and no sending offs from Eboue... We need everyone at the top of their game.
12/04/2010 14:58:00
They're still going to come roaring out of the traps, mark my words. If we go behind, then all the energy sapping and de-motivational consequences of Sunday go out of the window. How often do you see us battering a team, only to see us concede a soft goal and all of a sudden the opposition aren't so easily cut through? Derbies can be incredibly illogical games and I'd wager that if Spurs could have chosen a game to follow that disappointment, it would have been this one- the sole game of their season that requires no motivation. Chelsea were also bossed by a superior Inter side and were well beaten but it proved no consolation when they limped to a draw at Ewood. I don't think St. Totteringham's day makes a blind bit of difference to the players- I'm certain they don't know what it is and I'm sure none of them even realise that a win would yield it. Make no mistake, this will be tight, nervy and uncomfortable, anyone expecting different will feel the nerves and discomfort 100 times more come 8pm on Wednesday.
Little Dutch
12/04/2010 15:00:00
Palacios is key to them in midfield - which btw makes me wonder, likewise, if Song's fit enough to play..? If Kranjcar and Corluka are both injured, they have problems going forward too. We need our front 6 (which are pretty much automatic picks - Bendtner, Nasri, Theo, Diaby, Rosicky and Denilson) to try and score early and they'll crack. Or as LD said, at least keep ourselves on level terms and we do our usual late goals stuff when they're bound to tire.
12/04/2010 15:06:00
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