With the title race hanging in the balance and Tottenham sitting just three points above Arsenal, the Gunners have no option but to win the North London Derby this weekend.
Both teams come into the game off the back of disappointing midweek results which saw Arsenal lose their third consecutive game. A 2-1 loss at home to Swansea, who are fighting relegation, has really caused a stir of frustration amongst the fans who know this is the best chance they have had to win the league in the past 12 years.
A lot always rests on the fiercest derby in English football where pride and bragging rights are always on the line, but this is perhaps the most significant of them all so far in the Premier League era.
Tottenham are undoubtedly in better form, and looking as good as they probably ever have. Yet a derby is the one game where the form book can be thrown out of the window.
It comes down to desire and passion, and hopefully the Arsenal players can use the high intensity atmosphere and amazing away support to immerse themselves in the importance of the occasion, and show that they are serious about playing for this team AND about winning. Although these should go hand-in-hand, without saying.
Arsenal have lost just once to Spurs in the last 7 meetings. That was a 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane in the corresponding fixture last year. However Arsenal did manage to win there 2-1 themselves earlier this season in the Capital One Cup against a fairly strong Tottenham team, with two stunners from Flamini no less.
A win will take the Gunners back to level on points with Tottenham (54), and hopefully propel the team into finishing above them for the 21st consecutive season. Regardless of who wins the league.
As Ian Wright says, “If we can rule North London, we can rule the country.”