Le Coq aiming to shoot down the Cockerel!
Francis Coquelin may have only been Arsenal’s Number One defensive midfielder for a few weeks, but he has been at the club for seven years now and knows all about our fierce rivalry with our inferior neighbours. The Frenchman knows that only one thing matters when we are playing Tottenham, and that is coming away with all three points…
“It’s a massive game for the club and the fans,” Coquelin told Arsenal Player. “I think everyone is looking forward to it. The Manchester City match was a big one, and this one has got a special something about it.
“It’s going to be a tough game – we’re playing away over there, so it’s going to be hard. I think with the month we’ve just had, the confidence is going to be high.
“Even at youth level, we got a lot of stick from their fans and the atmosphere was really good. It just makes you want to do even better for your team and win the game.
“When you play for Arsenal against Tottenham, it’s not about just playing your game, it’s about winning. You have to win it.
“For the fans and the team it’s a big game and it’s one we want to win.”
Spoken like a true Gooner, Francis. I have always wondered what it’s like for foreign players who arrive and then find themselves in the crazy atmosphere of a North London Derby – tickets for which are in high demand on 1st4footballtickets.com. It must be quite overwhelming for some of them, but I’m sure they learn very quickly that St. Totteringham’s Day is one of the most important days of the year!
With Coquelin in such a determined and confident mood, Tottenham had better watch out!