Tottenham have told Arsenal they were ‘ready in January’ in a hype video ahead of a huge north London derby.
Champions League qualification is at stake as the two arch rivals face their biggest clash in recent memory on Thursday night.
Victory for the Gunners would confirm a top-four finish, while a win for Spurs would move Antonio Conte’s men to within one point of their neighbours with two matches to play.
The timing of the fixture, perfectly-placed in the penultimate week of the season, has added to the drama – but this match was supposed to take place four months ago.
Arsenal successfully applied for the game, originally scheduled for January 16, after a player-availability crisis stemming from a combination one COVID case, injuries and Africa Cup of Nations duty.
Spurs were furious at the time, suggesting the Gunners were exploiting rules designed to soften the impact of COVID, given Martin Odegaard was their only confirmed case.
In a video posted to their Twitter account on Thursday morning, a message from Tottenham read: “We were ready in January.”
The Gunners are yet to win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and this will be the first north London derby at the new ground with fans.
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Arsenal have numerous injury doubts ahead of the north London derby
Spurs have been trying to harness their home advantage by motivating fans on Twitter and the hype video was another example.
While Mikel Arteta’s side are more prepared for this clash than they would’ve been in January, Arsenal face a number of injury problems.
Star player Bukayo Saka is a doubt for the clash, as is Ben White, while Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are ruled out.
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