Dutchman believes Gunners must prevail at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal’s season will be over if they don’t beat Tottenham in Sunday’s crunch North London derby, according to Gunners legend Marc Overmars, reports talkSPORT.
The Gunners are currently fifth in the Premier League, trailing third-place Spurs by four points.
A Spurs win at White Hart Lane would see the Lilywhites open up a seven point gap over their neighbours and Overmarcs believes Arsenal cannot afford to drop any points against their rivals.
“Sunday is crucial for them,” said the Dutchman, who scored 41 goals in 142 appearances for Arsenal between 1997-2000.
“At this moment in the Premier League, it is very difficult for Arsenal. They have to win the match. If they don’t, the season is over.”
Arsenal were dumped out of the League Cup and FA Cup to Football League opposition and were beaten 3-1 by Bayern Muncih at home in the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.
Boss Arsene Wenger has faced falls from supporters to quit the club but Overmars, who won a host of trophies under the Frenchman in his three-year stay in North London, says the club must stick with the manager.
They have to keep faith in Mr Wenger and the board,” he said.
“The problem is football has changed a lot in the last ten years. With all clubs having private investors or owners, it makes it more difficult.
“In my period, we had seven or eight English players in the team and three foreigners. These days it is the opposite. So it makes it more complicated to get the right player into your team.”