Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur: What the Gunners Are Saying Ahead of the Derby

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Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur: What the Gunners Are Saying Ahead of the Derby
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Spurs are in control of North London ahead of Sunday's Derby.

Arsenal face a stiff test when they play North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. For the first time in a long time, Arsenal go into this game as the underdogs, even though they play at home. Spurs' form has been such that most expect them to win.

There are at least three reasons why Arsenal would want to win this match. To maintain the bragging rights as the kings of North London, they must backup their words with action.

Moreover, a win is vital for the team's revival after back-to-back losses in their last two games, losses that have effectively eliminated the team's chances of winning a trophy this year.

Still again, a win will put them on the same points as Chelsea and keep them challenging for a Champions League spot.

By beating Bolton Wanderers at home by three goals, Chelsea effectively reclaimed the fourth place spot on the Premiership table, at least for this week. Arsenal would have to win by four goals against Spurs to reclaim the spot. Barring an amazing breakthrough, this isn't going to happen.

Newcastle United, meanwhile, faltered at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers and missed the opportunity to put further pressure on Arsenal in the fight for a top-four finish. 

Although Arsenal are the clear underdog in the current derby, the players still fancy themselves to win it. The following is what a few of the players have said ahead of the match.

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