Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin cannot contain his excitement for the north London derby on Saturday claiming it has a 'special something about it'.
Coquelin has made two appearances at White Hart Lane, once with the first team and another with the youth side on route to their FA Youth Cup triumph on 2009, and is expected to feature again this weekend.
The 23-year-old was on loan at Charlton Athletic in November but was recalled due to Arsenal's midfield injury crisis. He was placed in the starting line up against Manchester City last month where the Gunners came away victorious after a truly spirited performance.
“For the fans and the team it’s a big game and it’s one we want to win,” said Coquelin.
Arsenal come into the clash in fine form, winning their last five games in all competitions including the 5-0 demolition of Aston Villa last weekend. They are currently six points off Manchester City in second - a pleasing sight indeed.
He added: “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."
A true spectacle
However, Spurs are also playing well and have secured their place in the Capital One Cup final after topping Sheffield United over two closely contested semi-finals.
“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," Coquelin continued.
“When you play for Arsenal against Tottenham, it’s not about just playing your game, it’s about winning. You have to win it."