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Aubameyang - It's so special to score in a derby

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may only have faced Tottenham once before, but he knows just how special it is to score in a derby.

The Gabon international boasted a record of six goals in seven matches in the Revierderby for Dortmund against FC Schalke, while he also scored one for St Etienne against their biggest rivals, Lyon.

Now Auba is determined to open his account against our near-neighbours, starting this Sunday at Emirates Stadium.

"All players want to play in these types of games," he said. "We’re playing at home and we have to give a win to our supporters. 

"Just when you come on to the pitch and you feel the atmosphere [you know how big it is]. It’s great stuff. It’s like when I played for Dortmund or Saint Etienne before, we had great derbies also and I feel the same now. It’s a lot of excitement and I think these are good games.
 
"When you play a derby and you score, it’s really special. As I said before, in the past I’ve played some derbies and I’ve had the chance to score and it was a great feeling. The last derby at Wembley was a bad day for us but we have to change it and win this one."

Pre-Match Report

Arsenal v Tottenham: The Brief

Unai Emery has experienced many derbies throughout his career, but can't hide his excitement about experiencing the best that north London has to offer.

Arsenal v Tottenham is a fixture that positively leaps off the fixture list, no matter what your background or your allegiance. The proximity of the two clubs only adds to the unique frisson of the occasion, while the proximity of the clubs in the table underlines the importance of this particular game.

Emery admits he has spoken to Steve Bould to gain a further insight into the nature of the rivalry, but he knows all about his opposite number, Mauricio Pochettino, having faced off against him in Spain.

Our head coach knows all about Tottenham's strengths, all about the form and all about the threat they will pose. But after an 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions, he will be confident that we possess more than enough threat of our own to win this latest local dust-up.

It promises to be a typically edge-of-the-seat affair. Read on for a comprehensive match preview, Emery's thoughts on the game, the latest team news, stats, and analysis of the opposition.

The Breakdown - Tottenham Hotspur
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Team news

Team news: The latest ahead of the derby

Laurent Koscielny

Here's the latest update from our medical team ahead of Sunday’s north London derby at Emirates Stadium.

Laurent Koscielny
Right Achilles. Continues to complete his rehabilitation. Being assessed ahead of Tottenham Hotspur (h) on Sunday, December 2.
 
Nacho Monreal
Right hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Tottenham Hotspur (h) on Sunday, December 2.
  
Dinos Mavropanos
Groin injury. Expected to return to full training in December.
 
Danny Welbeck
Right ankle. Recovering after surgery.

Gallery

First team train ahead of north London derby

Unai Emery

The first north London derby of the season takes place this Sunday - and we can't wait.

Ahead of our Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, Unai Emery's side finalised their preparations at London Colney on Saturday afternoon.

Our club photographer was also in attendance and sent back these pictures:

Quiz

How well do you know these derby goals?

Tomas Rosicky

We have enjoyed some unforgettable north London derby moments over the years.

From Liam Brady capping off a 5-0 away victory with a stunning strike in 1978 to winning the league at White Hart Lane for a second time in 2004, we are spoilt for choice when trying to pick our favourite moment in games against Tottenham Hotspur.

We've also scored some incredible goals against our rivals, but how many of these can you identify from just the iconic commentary line alone? Find out by taking our quiz below:

Statistics

Head-to-head: Aubameyang v Kane

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Harry Kane have established themselves as two of the Premier League's finest goalscorers.

Since arriving in England, the Gabon international has found the net 18 times in just 26 league appearances.

Meanwhile, Kane came runner-up to Mohamed Salah in last season's Premier League golden boot after scoring 30 times.

So as we get set for the latest edition of the north London derby on Sunday, these two finishers will undoubtedly have a big impact on the final result.

Aubameyang registered his 10th goal of the season in all competitions in our win at Bournemouth, so here are all 10 of those strikes to get you in the mood for matchday...

Fixtures

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The Emirates FA Cup
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Results

Premier League
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