Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal took on Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, David Hillier and James McNicholas of Gunnerblog.

Read on for their post-match thoughts and recap what they said before the game.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

It was difficult not to run out of superlatives after that game, what an incredible afternoon of football. We all knew there would be goals somewhere along the line, but the manner in which they came was just sensational. At 2-0 down it seemed as though this run might not ever end. Tottenham had punished Arsenal on the break without even breaking a sweat and things looked rather bleak. But that said, Arsenal were excellent for 85 minutes of this game and they got their just rewards. Bacary Sagna's header was perfectly timed and perfectly executed, while Robin van Persie is the incredible talent. Tomas Rosicky capped a wonderful performance with a deserved goal and it was great to see Theo Walcott score a brace after a disappointing first half. All in all, a fine result and a fine afternoon. Onwards and upwards to Anfield.

It probably wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest that this is one of Arsène Wenger's biggest North London derbies in his tenure. Arsenal must forget the disappointments suffered in recent weeks and focus on what is a huge game at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Not only is a top-four finish at stake, the pride that accompanies this game has been elevated to a new level from a red perspective. Arsenal are not used to their neighbours being above them but they now have to deal with the situation in the best way possible - beat them. Tottenham head into this one full of confidence after an excellent start to the season and it goes without saying that confidence will be high in their camp. But this is just another game, just another challenge and a tricky hurdle Arsenal must overcome if their top-four hopes are to remain alive.

David Hillier

It was unbelievable. Arsenal showed everything they needed to show - the character , strength and resilience. To take the game to Tottenham after going 1-0 down so early was excellent. The players were not downbeat at all, they stayed strong and within six minutes there was two goals before half time to cap an unbelievable turnaround. In the second half I was a little bit worried that they might not continue like that because the half-time break came at just the wrong moment. But they came out and stormed it in the second half. Walcott turned his game around completely and had a magnificent second half. I think that all-round, every player gets a nine for me. I'm a bit sorry that my prediction of 3-2 was overturned for a 5-2! But I will take that any day against Tottenham and we want to carry on with that attitude for the rest of the season now.

Sunday's game is the perfect opportunity for Arsène and the team to respond to any criticism they have received over the past week. Derby games put form to one side and Arsenal need to rise to the challenge because although Spurs will be confident they will be wary with good reason. Defeat in the Premier League at White Hart Lane earlier in the season, the two recent cup exits and that all-important race for fourth place should give Arsenal all the motivation they need. We all know Adebayor will cause trouble and Parker will be industrious but all of Arsenal's players have a reason to put in a performance in. Arsène will demand everything of his players - both mentally and physically - because less than 100 per cent won't do. I am confident the lads will rise to the challenge to show their manager and the fans that they have what it takes. This is not just one game, this is a springboard for the rest of the season. I predict a 3-2 win for the Arsenal with RVP getting two of the goals. Come on you Gooners!


Blog - Gunnerblog

I don't think even the most optimistic Arsenal fan could have expected us to put five past our neighbours. Most pundits considered Tottenham favourites, and after 34 minutes it looked as if our worst fears would be confirmed as Spurs took a two-goal lead. I was concerned that as we looked to get back into the game, the pace of Adebayor, Walker and Bale on the break could leave us staring down the barrel of a home hammering similar to Manchester City's comprehensive defeat of Man United back in October. Fortunately we showed tremendous character to pull it back to 2-2 before half time, with Robin van Persie scoring a goal as glorious as it was gutsy. From then on, there only looked to be one winner. The way we picked Spurs off in the second half was a delight for any Arsenal fan to watch. Enormous credit is due to the players, who overcame the travails of recent games, a 2-0 deficit, and in the case of Theo Walcott, the doubts of his own fans.  Credit too is due to Arsène Wenger, who made some bold selection calls like starting Walcott and Benayoun ahead of Gervinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain, and was handsomely rewarded. Hopefully this match can prove to be both a springboard and a blueprint for our remaining league fixtures.

Arsenal go in to this game 10 points behind their neighbours, and you won't find many fans confident of overhauling Tottenham. Instead, our focus is on staying ahead of the chasing pack in the battle for fourth place. This match is about points, but also pride. While we desperately need to fight off Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle to retain our seat at European football's top table, a derby day victory would also be the perfect remedy for two morale-sapping defeats at Milan and Sunderland. There will inevitably be plenty of focus from the fans on Emmanuel Adebayor - one merely hopes our defenders are as attentive. Adebayor is one of many Tottenham players with the talent to harm us, and we'll have to produce a vastly improved performance to emerge victorious. Defeat would be the third on the bounce, and bring with it an atmosphere of misery and mutiny. This, truly, is one of Arsène's biggest ever derby days.

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27 Feb 2012