By Chris Harris
Bacary Sagna isn't thinking about the gap between Arsenal and Tottenham in the Premier League - he just wants to beat them on Saturday.
The North London clubs lock horns at Emirates Stadium this weekend and a home win would leave Arsène Wenger's side top of the Premier League and ten points clear of their rivals.
That would give Arsenal fans plenty to brag about but Sagna is more concerned with the bigger picture, not just local affairs.
"I am not thinking about the gap between the two sides, I just want to have a good season with the team, be successful and just think about others," said the Frenchman.
"The rivalry may be more intense now and if I was a Tottenham fan I would be proud of their team, but I am Arsenal and I am proud of what we are achieving and we just want to keep working hard."
If selected, Sagna will be appearing in his ninth North London derby. He has lost just two of his previous eight but expects a closely-fought contest this weekend.
"It will be a massive game for us and for the fans. We know it will be a very difficult game because Tottenham are a very good team who are in form and we just want to bounce back from the last home game against Newcastle [when Arsenal lost 1-0].
"Tottenham are very competitive. They are doing well in the Champions League and the Premier League. So we know it is going to be difficult for us but it will be difficult for them as well."Copyright 2017 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