Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that after losing to Tottenham, Arsenal will begin to collapse even more in the Premier League.
Tottenham won the much anticipated North London derby by 2-1 on Sunday at the White Hart Lane, and it has made it even harder for Arsenal to come into the top four.
“It’s not a big enough margin yet for us to be completely safe but what we think is that it can have a direct effect on their motivation,” Villas-Boas said.
“On ours too of course – and we have a difficult game against Liverpool coming up – but particularly on them. We are on an upward spiral in terms of confidence and they are on a negative spiral in terms of results. To get out of that negative spiral is extremely difficult.”
“Playing all these big games can give us all a lift. The players become better, the squad becomes better and more experienced. But we keep our feet on the floor.
“I’ve seen so many shifts in league positions at the end of the season – so you can’t really stop, you have to continue.”
Arsene Wenger, on the other hand, has admitted that Arsenal have a long way to go now.
“It will be a massive challenge. Massive,” he said. “I said before the game we couldn’t drop these points and I maintain that now.
“We had the best defensive record in the league away from home until today but once you are 2-0 down in a big game like that you make it difficult for yourself.”
Arsenal are now 7 points below Tottenham, who are on number three. Gunners currently lie of fifth, five points below Chelsea as well.