Arsenal can embarrass opponents, Martin Keown warns Tottenham

The Arsenal legend admits the Gunners aren't favourites to win the north London derby but remain dangerous opponents

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Martin Keown admits Arsenal aren’t favourites to win the north London derby but warned Tottenham Hotspur that the Gunners are capable of embarrassing teams.

Arsene Wenger’s side were impressive 5-1 winners against Everton at The Emirates last weekend as January signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sparkled on their home debuts.

The Armenia international made three assists during the landslide victory, while the club record acquisition scored Arsenal’s fourth goal in the rout.

However, Arsenal have a poor record on the road in the Premier League this season following just three victories in 12 outings.

The Gunners will face a Tottenham team in a rich vein of form following a 2-0 win against Manchester United at Wembley before a commanding second-half performance in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool FC at Anfield.

Former Arsenal defender Keown admitted that Wenger’s side won’t go into the north London derby as favourites despite their ability to tear teams apart with their quality in attack.

“I don’t put Arsenal as favourites because of their appalling away record,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“They have won just three of their 13 Premier League away games. They have been that bad away from home that at times I have found it difficult to watch them.

“When Arsenal are really at it — as they were at home against Everton last week — they can embarrass teams.

“With the artistry of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, they will be able to do that to a few teams.”

Arsenal were 2-0 winners against Tottenham at Wembley back in October to trigger a mixed run of results for the Lilywhites.

Spurs, on the other hand, eased to a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Gunners in their last north London derby at White Hart Lane in April 2017.

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