Alexis Sanchez says Sunday’s North London derby will be a high-intensity affair and has warned Arsenal that they need to be ‘wise’ to Tottenham’s counter-attacks.
The Gunners come into the game three points ahead of their neighbours, although Mauricio Pochettino’s side are yet to be beaten in the league and have the best defensive record by some margin.
“It’s going to have everything,” Alexis told Arsenal Player ahead of the game.
“It’ll be a high-intensity match with plenty of hustle and bustle. I’ve played them a few times now and the first time I didn’t know what to expect.
“They told me I had to start strong, and I remember I got taken out early on but then told myself that wouldn’t happen again.
“We like to dominate possession and pass the ball around, but we’ll have to be wise to the counter-attack [on Sunday].”
“It’s a game that they [the fans] want to see us win at all costs,” he added. “They’re a massive rival. My team-mates and I will leave everything on the pitch.
“The Arsenal fans are amazing supporters and that really helps me to perform well and want to give them something to celebrate.”
The Chilean has been in fine form this season netting eight goals, including a brace in last weekend’s 4-1 dismantling of Sunderland. With Arsenal level top on points in both the Premier League and their Champions League group, the striker also admits he’s buoyed by the ambition shown by his team-mates on a weekly basis.
“More than the goals [against Sunderland], I was happy for my team-mates,” he told Arsenal Player.
“They’re playing with a real winning mentality and look like they want to win the league.
“We’re taking it game by game but we have a lot of ambition. We hope to keep converting that into goals and I want to keep chipping in.”