Liam Brady: Why Arsenal are playing with fear ahead of Tottenham derby

Liam Brady explains why Arsenal are playing with fear ahead of their trip to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur

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Liam Brady says Arsenal’s lack of confidence means Arsene Wenger’s squad are playing with fear ahead of Saturday’s north London derby.

The Gunners have suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats over the past week to leave their title bid hanging on by a thread.

Arsenal lost 3-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend as the London side failed to trouble Louis van Gaal’s weakened side.

The Gunners went on to lose to Premier League strugglers Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium mid-week after Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams secured a 2-1 victory for the visitors.

Former Arsenal forward Brady explained why there is a tenseness to the Gunners’s play over the past week ahead of their trip to White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.

“I think confidence has taken a severe blow,” Brady told Irish Examiner.

“You can take losing to Barcelona and we played well against Barcleona. We gave a bad goal away. It left a dent in our confidence.

“It rolled over to Manchester United a few days later.

“I expected us to bounce back but there was a fear about the way we played.”

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