Arsenal will beat Tottenham, declares Gunners legend Ray Parlour
Ray Parlour previews Saturday's north London derby
Ray Parlour believes the Gunners will take the honours in the north London derby, despite the home form of rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal visit White Hart Lane on a five-game winning streak, including victories over Aston Villa, Stoke City and Premier League champions Manchester City.
I honestly believe it will be a tough game, but Arsenal will win
The Gunners shared the spoils with Spurs in the previous North London Derby after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equalised to Nacer Chadli’s opener.
Parlour admitted Spurs, who are unbeaten at home in six league matches, will challenge Arsenal again – especially with Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane in their ranks.
Kane and Eriksen have scored ten and nine league goals respectively, but Arsenal will hope to call on Alexis Sanchez, who is the fourth-highest scorer in English football.
Parlour wrote on Sportlobster.com: “Tottenham are in great form and Eriksen and Kane have been in top form.
“Arsenal are also playing very well. There is great competition for places at the club.
“I honestly believe it will be a tough game, but Arsenal will win. We have a decent record at White Hart Lane.”
As well as five wins on the bounce, Arsenal have notched up four clean sheets while summer signing David Ospina has been in goal.
Parlour believes the Colombian goalkeeper has been impressive so far, but also hinted the jury may still be out for the 26-year-old.
He added: “I watched the first game against Hull City and he hasn’t really had many shots at him.
“I have been quite impressed with him, though. I must credit the defence also.
“Whether he will get many more opportunities will be interesting to see.
“He probably gets a lift from the crowd chanting his name. I wonder if they will continue chanting if he makes mistakes.”