Martin Keown sends warning to Tottenham about ‘different animal’ Arsenal
The Arsenal legend warns Spurs that the Gunners will be a different animal at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon
Martin Keown has warned Tottenham Hotspur that Arsenal will be a “different animal” in the north London derby at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs have made a promising start to the 2017-18 season following a return of 23 points from their opening 11 games in the Premier League.
Tottenham are level on points with second place Manchester United but Spurs are eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
Arsenal lost 3-1 to Pep Guardiola’s side at The Etihad last time out following goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were 2-0 winners against Arsenal in the last-ever north London derby at White Hart Lane.
While Arsenal have failed to win their last four north London derbies, the Gunners haven’t lost to Tottenham at The Emirates during that run.
Former Gunners defender Keown warned Spurs that the Arsenal fans will help Wenger’s players to produce a good performance in the early kick-off in the Premier League.
“If this was at Wembley or White Hart Lane, I would be expecting Tottenham to win,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“But Arsenal are a different animal at home. Maybe it is because everything has to be perfect for them. The familiarity and support teases out more expressive performances.
“Arsenal’s support will be more vociferous on Saturday because their dominance has been snatched away.
“Tottenham fans used to be so bitter because Arsenal were winning trophies. Now, the Arsenal fans will be angry.
“Whatever may be missing from Arsenal’s performance will be made up in the support from their fans. They will make this a white-hot atmosphere for Spurs.”
Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a place in the Champions League.
Tottenham ended up in runners-up spot last term after Spurs finished 11 points ahead of their neighbours for the first time in the Premier League era.