Ahead of Sunday’s north London derby, Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta says he and his team-mates are aware of Spurs’ ‘physical’ football and they have to press them well in order to ‘control’ the Barclays Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

“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,” Arteta said in the Gunners match programme.

“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.

“Both teams are on a good run in the Premier League, we are both playing well so it should be a great game.

“But we are the home side so we need to be dominant, we need to win the 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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