Martin Keown: Why Arsene Wenger set for biggest Arsenal v Tottenham derby of his career
Martin Keown explains why the north London derby in March will be the biggest of Arsene Wenger's career
Martin Keown says Arsene Wenger will face the biggest north London derby of his Arsenal career in March.
Tottenham are in second place and ahead of Arsenal on goal difference after their dramatic 2-1 victory over title rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
The Gunners were 2-1 winners against 10-man Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium after Danny Welbeck’s added-time winner.
Arsenal face Manchester United and Swansea City before their derby, whilst Tottenham also take on the Swans and West Ham ahead of their trip to The Emirates on 5 March.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Keown explained why the north London derby will be the biggest clash between the rivals that Wenger has encountered in his long Gunners reign.
“I think it has to be the biggest derby of Arsene Wenger’s reign, if not the biggest ever. It’s certainly the most important in the history of the Premier League,” Keown said.
“Without being disrespectful to Tottenham, this fixture lost some of its importance in recent years. Of course it’s a derby game you have to win but at Arsenal our rival became Manchester United, because they were the ones we were challenging for the league.
“Now with Tottenham performing as they are, I can’t think of a derby bigger than this.”
Arsenal host Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday before the Gunners host Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.