The Gunners make the tricky trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday fresh from their elimination from the Champions League after a 3-1 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
The French manager feels that it has always been difficult to make the trip to Tottenham but suggests they cannot slip-up any further in the title race.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
We have played two draws and three losses there [in the last five league meetings]. It is a difficult ground to go to for everybody.
It has always been difficult at White Hart Lane but we are in a position where of course we want to win the game.
After Stoke it was very important that we had a good result against Everton, we had a good result even at Bayern but [it remains important] that we continue and have no weak moment any more until the end of the season.
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Tottenham have bought so many players that it might take them some time to get the right balance or find the right level. I think they are a good side.
I still think it always takes time when you bring in many new players, but you cannot say Spurs have had a bad season, they’ve had a good season and they are there.
Like everyone else, like we have, they have gone through good and bad periods.
The North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham has always been a closely fought affair. However, this time round Arsenal have a fantastic opportunity to do some real damage, as the Spurs are on the brink of a collapse and the Gunners have a real chance to deliver the knockout blow.
The past week has been severely dispiriting for Spurs, as they were first hammered 4-0 away to Chelsea. They capitulated once again in Europa League, as they lost 3-1 to Benefica, leaving them with a huge uphill task in the second leg.
The Gunners need the points in order to give life to their ailing title challenge and it’s worth remembering that, prior to an FA Cup quarter-final win and a creditable draw in Munich, they lost their last league game to Stoke. Arsenal are also experiencing something of an injury crisis in central midfield, but I feel that the available squad is good enough to beat the Spurs.
A win is must for the Gunners to get the title challenge back on track. Can Arsenal beat Spurs to keep the title race going?