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Martin Keown worries about Arsenal in the North London Derby

Martin Keown has issued a cautionary message to Arsenal, urging them to steer clear of a fate akin to the rivals when facing Tottenham

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In anticipation of the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham this Sunday, former Gunners stalwart Martin Keown has sounded a note of caution, urging Mikel Arteta’s men to avoid falling victim to a Liverpool-esque upset.

The North London rivals are set to lock horns in what promises to be a fiercely contested encounter, with significant implications for both sides’ aspirations in the Premier League. Keown, writing for Mail Online, drew parallels between Everton’s recent victory over Liverpool and the potential threat posed by a doubly motivated Tottenham outfit.

“The Merseyside derby was a warning for Arsenal about what can happen when your local rivals are doubly motivated to not only help themselves but harm you,” Keown remarked.

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Everton’s 2-0 triumph over the Reds served as a poignant reminder of the unpredictable nature of derby matches, with Keown stating the need for Arsenal to remain composed amidst the intensity.

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Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw against Tottenham earlier in the season (Image credit: Getty Images)

“By winning 2-0, Everton took a gigantic stride towards survival and at the same time, they tripped up Liverpool in their pursuit of the title.

“It was the ultimate double delight for Sean Dyche as the visitors succumbed to the emotions of a growling Goodison Park. The same opportunity is on offer for Tottenham tomorrow.

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“They want to finish inside the top four and they have the chance to disrupt Arsenal’s bid to become champions.”

Highlighting Tottenham’s pursuit of a top-four finish and their desire to disrupt Arsenal’s title ambitions, Keown stressed the importance of Arteta’s side maintaining focus and executing their game plan effectively. “Mikel Arteta’s team cannot let themselves get caught up in the chaos like Liverpool did at Everton,” he cautioned, urging the Gunners to stay calm and trust in their tactics.

“They have to stay calm, concentrate, trust their tactics, showcase their football, and, above all, win to keep distance between them and their competition. It is remarkable to think that since Tottenham’s last game on April 13, Arsenal have played four times.”

Arsenal currently find themselves perched atop the Premier League standings, with a slender one-point lead over Manchester City. However, with the Citizens in action against Nottingham Forest this weekend, the Gunners will be eager to extend their advantage with a positive result against Tottenham.

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