Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn believes that Arsenal will be plunged into crisis should they fail to beat their North London rivals this weekend.

Winterburn has insisted that only a victory in their Premier League clash at The Emirates will be a satisfactory result for Arsene Wenger’s side, and three points will go some way to re-establishing some momentum to their season.

The Gunners have only secured two victories in their last seven outings and are languishing 11 points behind the current Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Both sides are sitting in seventh and eighth places respectively and will be looking to secure a positive result to push up the table towards the coveted top four places.

“I thought this season that Arsenal would be stronger than last season, even though they lost Robin Van Persie. I like the togetherness of the squad,” Winterburn told Alan Brazil’s breakfast show on TalkSPORT.

“My one slight worry was where they would replace all those goals. They would need [Olivier] Giroud to start scoring straight away and would also need the midfield players around him to possibly to get into double figures. And it just hasn’t happened like that.

“From a positive start, it’s now turning into a bit of a crisis already. They really need a positive result [against Tottenham] and a positive result means a win”

Arsenal face Tottenham this Saturday lunchtime and will be hoping to replicate their 5-2 win they achieved over their rivals at The Emirates last season, where they produced a sensational comeback, after conceding 2 early goals.

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