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Arsenal fans are loving Mathieu Flamini's tweet ahead of the north London derby

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There’s very little doubt that the north London derby is one of the biggest Premier League fixtures of the season.

In fact, in recent years, the fixture has only got bigger and bigger.

Gone are the days where Arsenal ruled that part of London with Spurs having not only closed the gap but, last season, have become the dominant force.

And this season has started in a similar fashion to last - Spurs above the Gunners.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are four points above Arsenal heading into the match at the Emirates on Saturday lunchtime. The gap could be seven points come Saturday afternoon, or it could be just one.

Whatever happens, it’s sure to be a pulsating 90 minutes.

Down the years, though, there’s been some incredible matches between the two rivals.

Who can forget the incredible 4-4 draw at the Emirates back in 2008? Or how about when Arsenal won 5-2 in consecutive fixtures in 2012?

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Or when Mathieu Flamini, of all people, scored a brace to knock Tottenham out of the League Cup in 2015?

Arsenal fans will hardly forget about that last one considering it was just two years ago. Spurs fans might be trying their best to erase it from their memory.

But Flamini himself reminded every one of it ahead of this afternoon’s North London Derby - and who can blame him?

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The midfielder posted a video of his winning goal in that match - a stunning 20-yard volley - on his Twitter page with the caption: “Nothing better than a North London Derby #arsenal V #spurs Come on you #gunners #premierleague”.

Flamini's tweet

After his goal, Flamini is seen wheeling away to passionately celebrate with the away fans, thumping the Arsenal badge on his chest.

Arsenal fans react

As a result, Flamini’s tweet has got some Gooners really fired up for the match. That much could be seen by their replies. Just check out the reaction:

Back in those days, Arsenal would go into this fixture as favourites. However, plenty of people will be backing Pochettino’s side to come away with a result from the Emirates.

Wenger on the 'power struggle' in north London

Arsene Wenger, though, wants his Arsenal players to prove that they’re still the best side in north London with their performance on the pitch.

"It is down to us to change the opinions of people with our performances, I cannot say much more," he said on Friday.

"If they have a perception like that, they have a perception like that but how can you respond? Not by me talking here; we need to show on Saturday that it's not true."

If only they had Flamini to call upon.

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Topics:
Mathieu Flamini
Arsenal
Premier League
Arsene Wenger
Football
Tottenham Hotspur

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