Carl Jenkinson believes Saturday’s late victory over Aston Villa was the perfect pick-me-up ahead of the north London derby.

Having been beaten by Blackburn Rovers and Bayern Munich in successive games, Arsenal faced a major test of character against Paul Lambert’s side.

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But Santi Cazorla’s 85th-minute winner secured a precious three points and boosted confidence levels ahead of Sunday’s trip to Tottenham.

“We haven't had the rub of the green of late, and when we went to 80 minutes at 1-1 I did fear we wouldn't get that goal,” Jenkinson told Arsenal Player.

“The way we were playing and the [number of] chances we created, it would have been criminal if we didn't win the game but football doesn't always go the way it should. But we got the goal we deserved and I am delighted with it.

“In the league our form has been good, but other results haven't been what we wanted. Sometimes that happens in football and we had to react.

“We are going into a huge game next Sunday and it is nice to get a good result going into that. Hopefully it will give us the belief and confidence we need to go there and win.

“You want to play in all the big games and it doesn't get much bigger than playing Spurs. I just hope we can go there and play the way we can play and get the result I know we are capable of.”

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 25 Feb 2013