Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby thinks that a win over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday will be crucial to their Champions League ambitions this season.

The Gunners are set to visit White Hart Lane this weekend to take on in-form Spurs, who have not tasted defeat in their previous 11 Premier League outings. Four points separate the two teams, with Andre Villas Boas’ men sitting third in the table, two points ahead of Chelsea who are sandwiched between the local rivals.

However, the visitors boast a good recent history over Tottenham, emerging as 5-2 winners in the last two meetings between the two sides, although both fixtures were at the Emirates Stadium.

Diaby feels that a victory could serve as a springboard in Arsenal’s pursuit of the Champions League places.

The French midfielder believes both sides will be desperate to secure all three points to boost their top-four chances, a fact which brings extra excitement ahead of the highly-anticipated showdown.

“We all look forward to these big games because they are not only important to us, but to the club and the fans. It is more than a game,” he told Arsenal Player.

“The atmosphere around the game means we all want to win, so that makes it very exciting. That is why I think there are so many goals.”

Nonetheless, Diaby had no qualms over the nature of the challenge on Sunday, but feels that their impressive recent record against Spurs gives Arsene Wenger's side a slight advantage.

“It will be difficult because they play at their ground and have the crowd supporting them. But we just have to deal with that," he added.

“Of course [we have a psychological edge] because from the last game against them we took some lessons and we know them well. We know how to deal with them.”

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