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Does The Derby Really Matter?

Ahead of tomorrow’s North London clash we look at the much-hyped Derby and ask, what’s all the fuss about?

Arsenal, currently sitting second in the league and seemingly with a more steely approach to this season, always seem to start the season well.  With the usual convincing wins in the Champions League group stages already under their belt, Arsenal usually set the early pace with some sublime football.  But is the Carling Cup, the Champions League and the Premiership before Christmas the place to make a name for yourself?

Probably not.  The Gunners often suffer a wobble after January, most of the time when it actually matters.  Is this season the year for Arsene Wenger to end his trophy drought?

Spurs, on the other hand, are less predictable.  They have been sensational in Europe and in Gareth Bale have a real prospect of greatness.  But their league placing belies their current form as they flatter to deceive many.  They often play without energy after European ties and the question must be asked, what is their number one aim for the season?  Do they aim for a consistent top 4 finish again, Champions League football next year or the chance of European glory this season with their current form?  Can their high quality squad fight on both fronts?

Saturday’s game should be a cracker.  But in the grand scheme of things, it’s more likely that Chelsea or Man Utd will make a more timely charge to the title and will hit a run of form that coincides with an Arsenal blip, and it’s more likely that with the chance to buy in January, Man City will pip Spurs to 4th place with a more consistent if not so entertaining season.

Saturday may not matter, but should be fun to watch.

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