Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has conceded that his side can ill afford to lose more ground on their Premier League rivals by dropping points in Sunday's North London derby.

The Gunners lost their opening game of the season 3-1 to Aston Villa at the Emirates, but responded to earn their first points of the campaign at Fulham last weekend.

Arsene Wenger's side are three points and five places behind Spurs at this early stage of the season, heading into the season's first meeting between their bitter rivals on Sunday afternoon.

Sagna believes that a win over Tottenham Hotspur would provide a massive boost to the injury-hit squad, while insisting that Gunners fans will help create at atmosphere that can help them thrive this weekend.

He told the club's official website: "It's massive because it's a derby and a must win, especially for the fans and for the league.

"We know it's already important because they won their first two games and we want to catch up. We have the opportunity to do it and I think we're going to have a great atmosphere as well."

The French international has largely operated in an unfamiliar central defensive role so far this season, with suspension and injury sidelining Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny early in the campaign.

Arsenal have a strong record against Spurs at Emirates Stadium, recording successive 5-2 victories the last time two times their local rivals ventured across north London.

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