Arsene Wenger is confident that Arsenal can get back to their best against Sp*rs even though his side have gone four games without a win since beating Leicester.
The Gunners travel to White Hart Lane tomorrow knowing defeat will leave them seven points adrift of their neighbours with only nine games to go of the season.
Speaking at his pre-game press conference, the boss emphasised that his players have the experience to cope with the pressure of a vital north London derby.
“It will [bring out the best in them] and I’m confident that it will be very vocal,” he said. “Of course what matters is what goes on, on the pitch.
“We have players who have played everywhere in Europe, in very vocal places, and when you have the right performance we have always got the right result.
“It is a big game and an important one. We prepare for every single game with the same intensity, the same focus and there are not a lot of special things to do. Maybe the impact and consequences on the table [are more significant] but the preparation is the same.
“I had a few [very competitive derbies] and it is very difficult to predict what will happen on Saturday. Maybe it is one of the few where the title race is at stake, maybe the only one since I have been here.”
Wenger also spoke of Arsenal’s need to add an extra ‘one to two percent’ to their game and of the importance of giving belief to the supporters who travel up the Seven Sisters Road.
I believe that belief comes with the last results that you have made,” he said. “Maybe our confidence has been a bit jaded but it’s like that always in football.
“I feel a massive disappointment after Wednesday’s game. We were a bit unlucky as well because the second goal was offside and the first goal was a blatant foul on Ozil that was not given. We can only look at ourselves to correct the results but everything went against us on Wednesday night.
“We now have to do 98 per cent of things right and then add the two per cent of things that are down. Then we can rediscover our collective qualities and put even more effort in.
“The fans will be behind us, I don’t worry about that. The fans away from home are always behind us and it is down to us to give them more belief and get more vocal by playing a quality game.”