Abou Diaby says the north London derby still has a special significance - and he believes Arsenal hold a psychological edge over Tottenham.
The Gunners have beaten their rivals 5-2 in their past two matches, but head to White Hart Lane four points behind Spurs in the Premier League table.
There have been 39 goals in the past eight games between the two clubs, but Diaby feels Arsène Wenger’s men have the perfect gameplan to deal with Tottenham's threat.
“We all look forward to these big games because they are not only important to us, but to the club and the fans. It is more than a game,” he told Arsenal Player.
“The atmosphere around the game means we all want to win, so that makes it very exciting. That is why I think there are so many goals.
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“It will be difficult because they play at their ground and have the crowd supporting them. But we just have to deal with that.
“Of course [we have a psychological edge] because from the last game against them we took some lessons and we know them well. We know how to deal with them.”Copyright 2013 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 28 Feb 2013