Tottenham have more ‘hatred’ for Chelsea than Arsenal.
That is according to former Spurs striker Darren Bent, who played against both the Gunners and Blues during his two-year spell at White Hart Lane.
And he may have a point with Chelsea’s ill-tempered match against Tottenham in 2016, which cost Spurs the Premier League title, being known as the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ where 12 players were booked.
And Arsenal fan Bent told talkSPORT: “Spurs and Arsenal fans will always say it’s about the north London derby.
“But I felt when I stood in the tunnel next to Chelsea at Spurs, there was more hatred between the players and supporters.
“The north London derby is massive and most Spurs fans will say it’s all about Arsenal.
“But as players, at times, we’d line up in the tunnel against Chelsea and there was a real hatred there.”
Arsenal are seven points behind Tottenham heading into this weekend’s Premier League clash.
Mikel Arteta’s side will need to cut out any defensive errors if they are to stand a chance of reducing the gap on their rivals.
Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos have committed errors leading to goals in back-to-back games against Burnley and Olympiakos, respectively.
Bent added: “If they’re going to play out from the back, I understand it. It seems to be the modern way of playing.
“But there is a time where just because everyone is doing it and it looks good, you don’t have to do it. If it’s there to be cleared, clear it.
“You look at Arsenal in Europe last night, where does the [Olympiakos] goal come from?
“They’re playing it to Ceballos in midfield, he didn’t even check his shoulder, he didn’t look, loses possession… one shot and it’s a goal.”