Michael Owen is expecting a stalemate when Arsenal take on Spurs in the North London derby tomorrow night.
While Owen has been impressed by Antonio Conte’s side in recent weeks, he believes that the Gunners will secure an important point at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:
“I’ve been looking forward to this one for weeks. Spurs may have dropped points at the weekend, but it was an impressive draw at Anfield. You can see what Conte is building, and they aren’t far away from being a very good side.”
“For Arsenal, it wasn’t a classic performance, but the win over Leeds was vital in extending their lead over Spurs. Nketiah was in amongst the goals again, he looks a natural finisher. Even a draw would be a good result for Arsenal here. I think that’s what we will see.”
Owen has gone with a 1-1 draw, which may not be as satisfying as a win for Arsenal supporters, but it would be a massive step towards securing a top-four finish nonetheless.
Of course, you can’t take anything for granted, with matches against Newcastle and Everton still to come. However, maintaining a four-point gap with two fixtures remaining would put the Gunners in touching distance of Champions League qualification.
It will be a fiercely contested game tomorrow but manager Mikel Arteta will be hoping that his team have the ability and mental strength to come through it unscathed.