Mikel Arteta has stressed the importance of Arsenal winning against a Tottenham side he expects to be “very physical” at Emirates Stadium.
In his programme notes, the Arsenal captain says strong home form is crucial to the team’s chances of winning the Premier League.
“Both teams are on a good run in the Premier League, we are both playing well so it should be a great game,” Arteta said.
“But we are the home side so we need to be dominant, we need to win the game.
“There will be a big atmosphere, the tempo of the game will be high and there will be tackles going in, so you have to make the right decisions on the pitch, otherwise you can cost your team.
“It’s important for players to control the occasion. We have a lot of experienced players though, and most of us have played in the derbies before.
“We know how Pochettino’s teams play – they are very physical, they will try to press us high up and put us under pressure. They get a lot if bodies in the box, so we expect a tough game.
“For me the most important thing is that we continue our run at home. If you want to win the Premier League, your home form is absolutely vital.”
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