Redknapp says Tottenham are the last team Arsenal will want to face

Arsene Wenger Waves

Jamie Redknapp has warned Arsenal that Tottenham could pile on the pain this week.

Jamie Redknapp has told The Mail that he feels Tottenham are the last team Arsenal would like to face at the moment.

Arsenal are coming off the back of two successive losses, defeated by Dinamo Zagreb and Chelsea in the last week.

On Wednesday night the Gunners face Spurs in the Capital One Cup, and Redknapp has warned Arsene Wenger about the pressure which will build on him if they lose and are knocked out of the competition.

He said: "The worst thing about the defeat at Chelsea is that it wasn’t a surprise at all. Next up it’s Tottenham in the Capital One Cup at White Hart Lane, which is the last fixture Arsene Wenger would want.

"It’s the biggest derby game for a long time and, after a bad defeat in the Champions League, Arsenal fans will not accept another poor performance. Lose again and the pressure will be huge."

Prior to the two losses frustration among supporters was already building with manager Arsene Wenger, due to his failure to buy an outfield player during the summer transfer window.

This has only become more vocal since the defeats this past week.

The fixture away at Tottenham will be a frustration for Wenger in light of events, because this would have been a game in which he would have liked to play his younger and fringe players.

Does he now dare do this against Spurs, knowing Mauricio Pochettino could call his bluff and name a full strength side?

A loss would be one thing, but a heavy defeat would be a nightmare for Arsenal fans.

By the same token, if Arsenal can go to Spurs and pull off a win, the mood could change around the club, and the pressure on Wenger be somewhat relieved.

The issues raised by recent losses will remain, but Wenger would have ridden a potential storm coming his way. 

If the club lose to their bitter rivals, then the weekend's trip to in-form Leicester City and the prospect of a fourth successive loss could become one of the worst runs Wenger has overseen in more than 16 years.

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