By Rob Kelly
Johan Djourou says Arsenal must prove they are the “kings of London” by beating Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Arsène Wenger’s men currently lie 10 points behind their rivals in the Premier League table and lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane in October.
The Swiss defender accepts that Spurs have done well this season but believes the two clubs’ respective league positions will be irrelevant once the match begins.
“When you play them, you forget the table; it is a battle and the best team will win,” Djourou told Arsenal.com.
“They are in great shape this season, they have been playing a lot better than before but you have to forget about that and go to war.
“They have a lot of quality, we shouldn't be blind about that. They have players like Modric, Parker, Adebayor and Bale so it’s a good team.
“When you play well you gain a lot of confidence. At the start of the season some people wrote them off because they lost a few games but since then they have been unbelievable. But it is up to us to show that we are the kings of London.”
Former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor has scored 10 times for Tottenham this season and Djourou is looking forward to facing his former team-mate.
“He is a great player, he showed that when he was here,” he said. “He works hard, he is very good on the ball and obviously he will be a tough opponent but I am not scared of anyone. I am happy to have the opportunity to face him.”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 23 Feb 2012