Arsenal are 6/4 with Victor Chandler to beat arch-rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane tonight but Robin van Persie has warned the Gunners cannot afford any more “criminal” lapses in concentration if they are to keep alive hopes of catching Premier League leaders Manchester United
Arsenal have made throwing away winning positions something of a habit this season and Holland striker Van Persie insists that alarming trait must be eradicated if the Gunners are to stay in touch with United ahead of their May 1 showdown at Emirates Stadium.
“This has happened too often, in my opinion,” said Van Persie. “If you look at our history, when we are in front, when we are safe, when we have the three points in our pocket, we do concede goals.
“Some of them are silly goals, which we have to work on. We have to stay positive, but we really have to look at it because it is almost criminal to give away points like that.”
Arsenal have little time to reflect on missed opportunities as they prepare to head to White Hart Lane for what is set to be another intense affair.
Van Persie was not involved when the Gunners ran out 4-1 winners after extra-time in their Carling Cup fixture earlier this season, but cannot wait to sample the derby awayday atmosphere again.
“We always look forward to playing these games,” he added. “Maybe it is a good thing we play them this quick after a game like Sunday because we can make things right – there is no better way than winning at White Hart Lane. I always say it is in these bigger games where you become a man, and it is up to us to show that.”
Spurs are 15/8 to beat their north London neighbours, with the draw priced at 5/2.
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