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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spurs v Arsenal: Can Wenger pile more misery on Sherwood?


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It's all going wrong for Tim Sherwood at the Lane. After a whirlwind start to his managerial career, Sherwood, who won the Premier League as a player with Blackburn Rovers, is discovering that being a manager in the modern game is an absolute mindfield.

Having been drubbed by Chelsea and all but knocked out of Europe by Benfica, Tottenham's confidence has been well and truly shot. So this afternoon could be the perfect tonic to pick them up as they welcome their fierce rivals Arsenal to the Lane. Or, perversely, it could spell the end of Sherwood's dream of nailing the job on a permanent basis.

Arsenal head across North London looking to keep their Double dream alive. They breezed past Everton last weekend in the FA Cup to set up a semi-final clash with holders Wigan Athletic - dodging a huge bullet as the Latics dumped out Manchester City. Unfortunately for them their Champions League hopes are over at the first knockout stage for the fourth year on the bounce.

The Gunners have lost two of their past four league games - including that 5-1 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool - and will be without Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey for the trip to the Lane. Their FA Cup run has bought Wenger some valuable time as they enter a critical period of the season, but victory over Spurs is crucial. Not only for the three points, but local bragging rights.

Spurs haven't lost at home to Arsenal in the league since going down 3-1 in 2007. But they are not in a happy place. Sherwood has publicly blasted the players and they have locked themselves away to debate what's going wrong. However, there's nothing like a north London derby to unite everyone. 

Fans on both sides of the divide will be crying out for all three points. They would sell their own souls in order to get one over the old enemy. But who will leave White Hart Lane victorious?

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