Olivier Giroud will be looking to end a 10-match goal draught, Theo Walcott has netted just twice in his last 22 appearances while Alexis Sanchez has not scored in the Premier League since mid-October.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has described the possibility of Tottenham Hotspur winning the Premier League as “the ultimate nightmare” for Gunners fans and believes Saturday’s north London derby is the most important he has “ever known”.
Indeed, Spurs find themselves in the unusual position of being above their bitter rivals by one position and three points in the Premier League table, amid an unexpected title bid.
David Seaman is adamant Arsenal remain in the Premier League title race and has urged his former team to step up their challenge by beating Tottenham on Saturday.
The Gunners fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to 16th-placed Swansea City, on Wednesday evening, despite log leaders Leicester City also dropping points with a 2-2 draw to West Brom on Tuesday.
But after the dismal midweek home defeat against Swansea that came on the heels of a disappointing loss to Manchester United, Chile winger Sanchez has raised the delicate issue of the squad’s desire to succeed.
“At the moment I am worrying more about the result than the title”, he said.
“It’s true that we have a lack of aggressivity in the last third, and this was the problem”. With Chelsea and Manchester United effectively out of the title reckoning and Manchester City firm outsiders, those fans could be forgiven for thinking this should be the season Arsenal trumps the trio of massive spenders and everyone else. “We can only look at ourselves to correct the results but everything went against us on Wednesday night”.
“We crushed them in the first 20 minutes and went 2-0 up”. We did that well for long periods against Barcelona and I think we were a bit unbalanced after Oxlade-Chamberlain got injured.
“Football is football, it is cruel sometimes”.
“It is about the special capacity that Alex Ferguson had and now Arsene Wenger”, he said.
“You never know. I think we have ten games”.
Arsenal have the biggest injury problems going in to the encounter, with first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech and main centre-back Laurent Koscielny both in the treatment room.
“We’re slightly disappointed not to get the three points but I feel we have played well and we can take a lot of positives into Saturday.
I trust Ospina completely”.