Wenger: Now this is crunch time

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that Saturday’s clash with London rivals Tottenham holds extra significance due to Spurs’ lofty position in the Premier League table.

The Gunners lost ground on Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the race for the Premier League title after slumping to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Swansea City in midweek, leading to a section of Arsenal fans booing Wenger and his team at the full-time whistle.

And the increased pressure on Arsenal has led to Wenger admitting it’s “crunch time” for his side, with just ten games remaining in the Premier League campaign.

“They [Spurs] have made progress,” Wenger said. “Now this is crunch time in the last 10 games and we will see. That’s why maybe everybody has a big interest in the game.

“We have been remarkably consistent over the years. We want to [finish above Tottenham] again, and this game is of big importance because of that.”

He added: “We have to provoke the positive reaction from the fans and that’s our job.

“It [the derby] will be passionate for sure because there is a lot at stake and it has always been like that.

“I think as well at White Hart Lane the fans are very close, the pitch is not too big. We have maybe more duels than usual in the game on the pitch and the pitch is quick as well so that makes for a very quick game.”