Having lost their last two matches, Arsenal midfielder urges teammates to end slump with a win over arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup
London: Having lost their last two matches — 0-2 to Chelsea in the English Premier League and 1-2 against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League — Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has urged his teammates to beat Tottenham Hotspur in their League Cup third round clash and end their slump tonight.
"It's not good enough for a club like Arsenal to lose two games in a row," Ramsey said yesterday. "Hopefully now we can put things right on Wednesday. It will be a feisty game with hopefully some goals in our favour."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has warned his hot-headed players not to lose their composure when they face bitter rivals Tottenham.
Wenger's side head to White Hart Lane for the first north London derby of the season after their last two games featured three red cards for the Gunners. France striker Olivier Giroud was dismissed against Zagreb, while defender Gabriel and midfielder Santi Cazorla were sent off in the defeat at Chelsea.
Wenger largely blamed Chelsea's Diego Costa for provoking Gabriel into the kick that led to his dismissal. But the Arsenal manager acknowledges his team need to do a better job of keeping their emotions under control even in the face of extreme provocation.
"It's true that we played the last two games with 10 men in the second half and I hope we play the next one with 11 vs 11," Wenger said. "But it's another derby and that's not guaranteed as well."
While Arsenal's spluttering start to the season has taken a turn for the worse over the last week, Tottenham have recorded three consecutive victories to revive hopes of a successful season after a sluggish opening.