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Tough to call for Harry

Posted on 20 April 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp believes tonight’s North London derby will be contested by two rivals as desperate as ever for the three points.

Tough to call for Harry

Harry Redknapp believes tonight’s North London derby will be contested by two rivals as desperate as ever for the three points.

Arsenal have won just once in their last five Premier League games, and Sunday’s home draw with Liverpool leaves them seven points behind Manchester United at the top of the table going into this clash at the Lane.

Meanwhile, we sit three points off Manchester City in the race for a top four finish, and Harry feels we must look to win as many of our remaining seven games as we can in order to secure Champions Leage football next season.

So the manager knows this will be a tough one to call, and said: “Arsenal will still feel they have a chance to win every game and that's what they'll be looking to do now, and hope Man United can lose a game somewhere.

“But we need it as much as they do. We want to finish in the top four. We need a win desperately. We have got to win most of our games if we are going to do it.

“We’re both good teams, both a pleasure to watch, the way we play. I think people enjoy watching us both play, but there can only be one winner.”

In last season’s derby fixture at the Lane almost exactly one year ago, that winner was us, and Harry is hoping for a repeat performance.

He added: “We did it last year. We got beat by Portsmouth in the cup semi-final and everyone went 'that's the end of their season', but we came back and beat Arsenal and Chelsea in that same week and went on to beat Man City.

“It was an amazing night for us. Danny [Rose] scored that wonder goal and Gomes made an unbelievable couple of saves at the end to win the game. It will be another cracking game with a great atmosphere and we have to play well to win.”