Francis Coquelin says he can’t wait to experience the special atmosphere of a north London derby again.

The midfielder has made one senior appearance at White Hart Lane and was also part of the Arsenal side that won 3-1 in the FA Youth Cup in 2009.

Arsenal have won five matches in a row and Coquelin is determined to keep that record intact at the weekend.

When you play for Arsenal against Tottenham, it’s not about just playing your game, it’s about winning. You have to win it

“It’s a massive game for the club and the fans,” he told Arsenal Player. “I think everyone is looking forward to it. The Manchester City match was a big one, and this one has got a special something about it.

“It’s going to be a tough game - we’re playing away over there, so it’s going to be hard. I think with the month we’ve just had, the confidence is going to be high.

“Even at youth level, we got a lot of stick from their fans and the atmosphere was really good. It just makes you want to do even better for your team and win the game.

“When you play for Arsenal against Tottenham, it’s not about just playing your game, it’s about winning. You have to win it.

“For the fans and the team it’s a big game and it’s one we want to win.”

Francis Coquelin celebrates
Francis Coquelin celebrates

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Nik Brumsack 4 Feb 2015