Andrei Arshavin says that the North London derby tomorrow is a chance for Arsenal to get their season going properly.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the pocket-sized Russian said, “It’s a crucial moment for us because if we win we can break this season … in a good way, in our way.
“It will give us confidence that we can beat a good team, because Spurs are a good team at the moment”.
And asked about what it was like to play a game for Arsenal at White Hart Lane, he said, “You should be prepared to hear a lot of bad words about you and your club. You should concentrate only your football and show you are strong, show them you come on to the pitch to win”.
The idea of Arsenal’s players coming on to the pitch would certainly send quite the message to Spurs, and continue the trend started by former Gunner Philippe Senderos.
However, after a disappointing performance in midweek against Olympiacos it remains to be seen if Arshavin will keep his place now that Benayoun is fit again. Much will depend on the fitness of Theo Walcott and Gervinho, both of whom will have late tests tomorrow.