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Mikel Arteta makes North London Derby claim

Mikel Arteta has been speaking about Arsenal’s next match.

Arsenal face off with Tottenham on Sunday in the first North London Derby of the season.

Both clubs sit on 13 points after five games, with Tottenham having the better goal difference thanks to their superior attack.

The Lilywhites look a side reborn this term and it will be perhaps the toughest Tottenham side Arsenal have faced in years.

Speaking ahead of the game, Mikel Arteta has been discussing the importance of a win on Sunday.

Asked if there is a better feeling than beating Spurs, he said: “No.

“Because you know what it means to people to have that possibility in your job, to make someone happy. That’s a huge sense of fulfilment and responsibility that we feel.

“You walk down the street and there is a feeling there. I imagine it’s both ways because there is a history and rivalry. That’s a beautiful thing if it’s taken the right way in sport. We’re so privileged to be involved in these kind of games.

“There are things that you have to control emotionally. The atmosphere will be different. It will be more electric, there will be more energy on the ground and on the pitch and you have to deal with that in the eight way and take advantage of it.

“I think it (winning the derby) builds something even bigger with your supporters. It’s a game that’s in the fixture list and you always look and ask: ‘When are we playing that game?’ It’s special, there’s something emotionally attached to it and it makes it bigger so it will be a big lift if we manage to win it.”

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