December 5 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Lewis Holtby insist the time is right for Tottenham to give their fans something rare to cheer about on Arsenal territory this afternoon.
Spurs have only won twice in north London derby away days during the Premier League era and only once at the Emirates Stadium – a 3-2 victory two years ago.
But the White Hart Lane side have started the current season impressively, winning two games each in the English top flight and the Europa League, scoring 10 goals and conceding none.
The Gunners, on the other hand, lost their first game of the Premier League campaign at home to Aston Villa but have since steadied the ship with a victory at Fulham in between two wins over Fenerbahce to qualify for the Champions League group stages.
That is a competition Spurs had hoped to play in but they lost out to Arsenal on the last day of term for the second successive season.
Spurs have made great strides in the transfer market, signing six internationals to try to boost their top four credentials and Holtby knows a victory this afternoon could signal the start of a power shift in north London.
“It’s going to be a very emotional game,” said the midfielder who broke his goalscoring duck for the club with a blockbusting strike against Dinamo Tbilisi on Thursday.
“We want to give everything to win this game because it means so much to the fans.
“Nothing would be better than having those Lilywhites in that away end cheering and jumping up and down.”
Spurs followed up Thursday 3-0 Europa League win by making a triple transfer swoop, signing Christian Eriksen from Ajax, Erik Lamela from Roma and Vlad Chiriches from Steaua Bucharest.
The former is a player that could arguably push Holtby down the pecking order at Spurs, but the German international views all the new faces as a positive.
“We’ve spent a lot of money, got a lot of players and I don’t think we did that to be in a relegation battle,” he said.
“We played a really good last season – the best Tottenham season ever with 72 points – and we want to improve and aim higher.
“We want to win every game and try to keep that winning streak for as long as possible and then we’ll see what happens.”