Arsenal travel to White Hart Lane on Wednesday for the third North London derby of the season.
Jack Wilshere inspired the Gunners to a 4-1 Carling Cup win in September before a second-half comeback gave Tottenham a 3-2 win at Emirates Stadium in November.
So will Harry Redknapp’s side fancy their chances of completing a Premier League double? We spoke Paul Hirst of the Press Association to get an opposition view on Wednesday’s game.
Both fans and players have been quite philosophical about the Real Madrid defeat. After the 4-0 hammering in the Bernabeu, even though the players were saying they still had a chance, you could tell that they knew the tie was over. So to keep Real Madrid to a 0-0 scoreline at White Hart Lane, obviously before Heurelho Gomes’ howler, was quite good. They will definitely be up for tomorrow’s match, regardless of that result.
RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
If you look at where Spurs were this time last season, they were in a similar situation where they were facing Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in their run-in. No-one said they could do it and they went to Eastlands and pulled off a win. They only lost to Manchester United and Burnley at the end of last season and fourth position was secured by the time they played Burnley. So if they can do that again this year they will have a chance.
MAN OF THE MOMENT
Gareth Bale has been electric this year. A lot of people have said they aren’t sure whether he deserves the PFA Player of the Year award given that he has been injured for half of the season. But what a half he had when he did play. The lad is only 21 and you get the impression that he is still growing. His physical side isn’t complete yet and his pace is searing. He has the ability to embarrass any right back. If he continues to do that, which he should do because he is still learning and growing, he is a very frightening prospect.
IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL
I think Tottenham will fancy their chances of completing a double over Arsenal. I think they know that this is the start of the run-in and it’s a massive game. The fact that it starts the run-in, which is so crucial, will spur them on.