Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Wojciech Szczesny and Jack Wilshere have all been at Arsenal long enough to fully appreciate the significance of a game against Tottenham, whether they are rivals for league position or not. They are making sure that the rest of the Arsenal squad are ready for battle and know that the fans will not tolerate anything less than 100 percent tomorrow.
Szczesny should be back between the sticks after an injury lay-off, and he is hoping that tomorrow’s game can give Arsenal a similar boost that last season’s 5-2 victory gave us.
“It’s all about commitment in this one, and I’m confident we can go out there and get the job done.
“Hopefully it can have the same effect for us that it did in February, when it really kick-started our season.”
Sagna has also just made it back from injury in time for the derby, anyone might think they have been waiting for this game. It was the Frenchman who began the comeback from two down last season, and he cannot wait to get at Tottenham again.
“It’s just massive, you can feel the pressure around the stadium. You can feel the pressure on the pitch. We can’t lose that game.
Vermaelen is captain of Arsenal and will feel the responsibility for a good performance more than most, but he knows that it gives Arsenal a golden opportunity to lift everybody connected with the club.
“This isn’t a normal game, it’s a special one.
“Practically, we need to get three points on the board, but I think it would give both the fans and the team a massive boost if we won.”
Two players who will need no encouragement to be up for this match are Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere. Jenkinson has been a Gooner all his life, while Jack has been at the club since he was nine. Wenger says that the local derby is `in his heart,` and he could be the key man tomorrow. Come On You Gunners! FOYS