Santi Cazorla says his most cherished memory from his time in England is beating Tottenham 5-2 last season.

The Spanish playmaker scored once and claimed two assists as the Gunners blew away their north London rivals at a jubilant Emirates Stadium.

Cazorla is hoping for a repeat performance on Sunday, but warns that Spurs will prove to be very difficult opponents.

It was a very good result for us, I scored a goal and the atmosphere that day was amazing

Santi Cazorla

“The best memory that I have in the Premier League, my best game in the competition, was the derby at home against Tottenham,” he told Arsenal.com.

“It was a very good result for us, I scored a goal and the atmosphere that day was amazing. The return leg was not so good [Arsenal lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane] but overall they are very special games.

“Tottenham are always in the running to get into the Champions League, to improve every year, and they have strengthened their squad quite well, bringing in Roberto [Soldado], Paulinho, Capoue, so they are a very strong side.

“Roberto is a very good player, Tottenham have a great signing in him, and he is showing that with goals.

“It is true that Gareth Bale may be departing, but they are still strong, and so we have to match them because it will mean we are fighting for major goals.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 31 Aug 2013