Charlie Nicholas: Why Arsenal’s Tottenham clash more important than Champions League defeat
Former Arsenal midfielder Charlie Nicholas says the Gunners need to concentrate on Premier League title bid
Charlie Nicholas has played down the significance of Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich ahead of Sunday’s north London derby at The Emirates.
The Gunners’s Champions League hopes are in the balance after Arsene Wenger’s side suffered their third loss in four games in Europe’s premier club competition this season.
This is about survival in the Champions League at the moment. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.
“Arsenal’s seriousness this season is in the Premier League
Thomas Muller’s brace and goals from Robert Lewandowski, Douglas Costa and Arjen Robben sealed Bayern’s emphatic win after a 2-0 loss at Emirates Stadium last month.
But Nicholas doesn’t believe Arsenal should be overly disappointed with the result, adding that the Premier League has to be their focus this season ahead of the visit of Tottenham on Sunday.
“Arsenal have a real momentum and belief that they can challenge for the Premier League this season,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Ozil’s form is much improved, we know what Sanchez gives you, and Giroud gets another goal tonight. Of course in two weeks time, you’ll have Walcott coming back, and Ramsey coming back.
“It’s a much more important game [against Tottenham]. This is about survival in the Champions League at the moment. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.
“Arsenal’s seriousness this season is in the Premier League.”
Arsenal are level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City at the top of the table.
The Gunners have won their last five games in the English top-flight since a 2-0 loss at Chelsea, beating Leicester City, Manchester United, Watford, Everton and Swansea City.