Keown reveals how he expects Arsenal to punish Tottenham on Saturday


Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has sent out a warning to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the North London derby.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that his old side will capitalise on any naivety in Tottenham Hotspur's performance on Saturday. 

Spurs host Arsenal this weekend and they will be confident of picking up a result, following their excellent form of late, but Keown has issued a warning shot to the Lilywhites. 

The BBC pundit believes that Arsenal have shown in their last two games - against Manchester City and Aston Villa - that they are becoming a more structured unit and he expects that they will be well placed to capitalise on any errors Spurs make. 

"The Tottenham vs Arsenal game has got the makings of a cracking match," he said. "After what they did to Chelsea, Tottenham will be thinking they go into this game as Arsenal’s equals.

"They will be confident, the crowd will be expectant and there will be greater belief among the players. But Arsenal put in their best away performance in five years at the Etihad and played against Aston Villa in a similar way – happy to concede possession and be clinical in attack.

"I think they will go into the game with a better balance and if there’s any naivety in Tottenham’s, play Arsenal will punish them."

Keown's words will serve as a worry, as Tottenham's squad has a youthful feel to it this season and there is a danger that they could get carried away with the occasion.

In front of what is sure to be a raucous White Hart Lane crowd, the pressure on the team will be intensified and Spurs' young team will need to show they are mature enough to respond. 

Mauricio Pochettino has entrusted the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane to play key roles for Spurs this season, whilst even their star man, Christian Eriksen, is still only 22-years-old. 

It means that Tottenham don't have the experience in their ranks that Arsenal will, but they will be hoping that their youthful exuberance shines through, as a win over their north London rivals would be a huge boost to their chances of claiming a top-four spot. 

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