Cesc Fabregas rates his goal in last season’s triumph over Tottenham as one of his most memorable derby moments.
Robin van Persie gave Arsenal a first-half lead at Emirates Stadium last October and the Arsenal captain snatched possession straight from Tottenham’s restart, evading three challenges before slamming in a second goal.
Arsenal went on to win 3-0 and the game has since been tagged ‘the 11-second derby’ – the playing time that elapsed between those first two goals.
“My goal in last season’s game straight from the kick-off is one of my favourite memories of the derby,” Fabregas told the Official Matchday Programme.
“But I don’t think about that anymore. Every game is different. I’ll have time to remember things like that when I retire, now all I want to do is score again on Saturday and get the win.”
Arsenal have been hugely impressive on the road – beating Wolves and Everton in the space of four days last week – but not so strong at home of late.
Newcastle left Emirates Stadium with all three points a fortnight back and West Brom also inflicted a rare home defeat in September. Fabregas is determined to address that problem.
“We know we must improve our home form, of course we do, and quickly,” he said. “You always want to improve and especially at home.
“We have to make Emirates our house, and make it a very strong point for us in the league. We cannot afford to lose more points like that. We have to start these games like we do in the Champions League – we always start those matches so strongly.”
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