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Arsenal legend believes defeat to Spurs will mean full blown crisis

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Thursday, November 15, 2012
1:54 PM

Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn believes that the Gunners need to beat Tottenham this weekend if they are to avoid a full scale crisis.

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The north Londoners are slipping behind the league leaders after a run of indifferent results, as have Spurs, leading into the derby.

“I thought this season that Arsenal would be stronger than last season, even though they lost Robin Van Persie. I like the togetherness of the squad,” Winterburn told Alan Brazil’s breakfast show on TalkSPORT.

“My one slight worry was where they would replace all those goals. They would need [Olivier] Giroud to start scoring straight away and would also need the midfield players around him to possibly to get into double figures. And it just hasn’t happened like that.

“From a positive start, it’s now turning into a bit of a crisis already. They really need a positive result [against Tottenham] and a positive result means a win”

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Tottenham Hotspur

Nickname: The Lilywhites.

Ground: White Hart Lane (capacity 36,310).

Founded: 1882.

Honours: First Division (until 1992) and Premier League: 1951, 1961

Second Division: 1920, 1950.

Southern League: 1900.

FA Cup: 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1991.

League Cup: 1971, 1973, 1999, 2008.

Uefa Cup: 1972, 1984.

Cup Winners’ Cup: 1963.

Leading goalscorers: Jimmy Greaves, 379.

Leading appearances: Steve Perryman, 854.