Scott Parker thinks Bale’s late winning goal against West Ham is enough to put the fear into Arsenal ahead of their North London derby clash this weekend.
Tottenham beat West Ham on Monday night with an injury time strike from Gareth Bale who has been in exceptional form over the last month, as Andre Villas-Boas has been deploying him in a more central role of late.
Beating the Hammers, Spurs go into the North London derby with a four point advantage over their London rivals and they are unbeaten in their last eleven games.
Scott Parker believes that Spurs now have players that would walk into the Arsenal team right now and that Bale’s winning goal will have affected their morale.
“We’ve got players in our squad that Arsenal would want any day of the week. You can never say anything for certain but a win in that game would put us in a good position. It’s a big game for us – we can push away a little bit.”
“Arsenal players would have watched this game and it’s deflating, I’ve been in that position when you’re watching the scores come in and you hear there’s been a last-minute goal in a game that’s important for your side.
“You’re praying it’s gone the way you wanted it to and then you hear it’s a goal for the team you didn’t want to score. So it is deflating for a player watching, and I’m sure the Arsenal players are like that.” The Mirror.
Tottenham have a chance to extend the points advantage to seven points when they face the Gunners this weekend, although Parker is determined to learn their lesson from last season when they surrendered a ten point lead.
“Tottenham as a club has been living in the shadows of Arsenal a bit,” Parker admitted.
“What happened last year is a focus and something we’re aware of. We’ve worked really hard to get into this position and we can’t afford to fall off now.
“Arsenal are still a top club and a top team but we’ve narrowed the gap”
Spurs haven’t finished above Arsenal since 1995.