When the two sides met at White Hart Lane at the start of last season, Spurs triumphed over Arsenal by two goals to one but since then, we have suffered back to back embarrassments at the Emirates by identical, 5-2 scorelines.
Gareth Bale scored in the most recent reverse and felt that the sending off of Emmanuel Adebayor was pivotal in that match. As the two teams prepare for Sunday’s North London Derby, Bale feels he has a score to settle.
“It’s one we want to win,” Bale said to Sky Sports. “We started well last time and the sending-off was a problem. We want to rectify that score now and hopefully get the three points.
“We go into the game full of confidence, looking for three points to boost our hopes of getting into the Champions League.
“It’s massive. We know how big it is – not just for us but for the fans.”
It really is a huge game and one that Bale will have to play a big part in if we are to take three points. But as Spurs close in on Champions League football, is it possible to approach the match as just another game against a team four points below us or is the magnitude of a North London derby always going to take over?