Arsenal Legend Martin Keown Explains Why His Former Side Are Still “Behind” North London Rivals Tottenham

Arsenal Legend Martin Keown Explains Why His Former Side Are Still “Behind” North London Rivals Tottenham

  • Arsenal icon Martin Keown has said Tottenham Hotspur have a slight edge over the Gunners ahead of the north London derby
  • Keown's former side are on a revenge mission after Spurs painfully ended their Champions League hopes late last season
  • Antonio Conte's team last won at Arsenal in 2010, a game where Spurs produced a memorable comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2

Arsenal icon Martin Keown has said his former club are still a few steps behind Tottenham Hotspur as the two crosstown rivals face off on Saturday afternoon.

Arsenal and Spurs meet at the Emirates to determine who will walk away with the bragging rights in what is expected to be one of the closest north London derbies in recent times.

Arsenal, Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur, Gabriel, Mikel Arteta, Premier League, Antonio Conte
Harry Kane holds back Gabriel of Arsenal from Emerson Royal during the Premier League match in May. Photo by Visionhaus
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Defeat to Spurs at home will see Antonio Conte's side leapfrog the Gunners and go top after eight games. Keown, who was part of many fiercely contested battles with the Spurs decades ago, feels they have a slight edge over the Gunners.

According to an exclusive by the Mirror, Keown identified the key areas where Spurs may dominate in the derby.

Keown identifies two key players for Spurs

Conte's side invested heavily in the summer, acquiring players like Richarlison, Yves Bissouma and Clement Lenglet.

"Saliba and Gabriel are hard men, building a reputation but I think Arsenal are just behind Spurs, but that’s motivation enough to want to get in front of them.
"You could say that the two midfield players for Tottenham [Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg] are like the Kray twins the way they get around the pitch, lot of tough tackles, lot of fair tackles."

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The last time the two teams met, Arsenal were reduced to 10 men after Rob Holding was shown two yellow cards in quick succession. The Gunners lost 3-0, which ended their Champions League pursuit, according to ESPN.

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