With a four-point cushion to save Tottenham Hotspur from falling beneath Arsenal in case of defeat, Andre Villas-Boas and Co. are expected to march out guns blazing at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal hammered Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 at the Emirates earlier this season. Gareth Bale believes it’s time for his side to stop licking their wounds and prepare for revenge.
Tottenham Hotspur are undefeated in the past 11 Premier League games with their last defeat coming at the hands of Everton back in December. Arsenal has been unable to record such form, but they too are undefeated in the past five games. It was Chelsea who last defeated Arsenal in a pulsating 2-1 London derby in January this year.
Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-2 defeat to Arsenal is just as dramatic as the scoreline suggests. An early goal from Emmanuel Adebayor gave Tottenham Hotspur the lead, but a red in the 18th minute of the game allowed Arsenal to roar back in to the game.
Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud scored in the first-half of the game to provide Arsenal with a 3-1 lead by the break. Santi Cazorla scored at the hour mark to give Arsenal a three-goal lead. Gareth Bale got one back for Tottenham Hotspur, but Theo Walcott scored late in injury time to help Arsenal win with a three-goal lead.
Battle over the last two Champions League spots has intensified during the last couple of weeks. Tottenham Hotspur currently sits third with 51 points to their name. Chelsea is breathing down their necks, just two points away.
Arsenal are two points away from fourth-placed Chelsea, which means Arsenal has a strong chance of qualifying for the Champions League despite their poor run of form. Gareth Bale didn’t comment on whether Arsenal will grab a Champions League berth or not, but the 23-year-old reckons its will be his side who grab the bragging rights on Sunday night.
“It's one we want to win,” said Gareth Bale, who scored a brilliant brace against West Ham United on Monday. “We started well last time and the sending-off was a problem. We want to rectify that score now and hopefully get the three points.
“We go into the game full of confidence, looking for three points to boost our hopes of getting into the Champions League. It's massive. We know how big it is - not just for us but for the fans.”