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Dele dreaming of derby delight

Posted on 6 November 2015  - 15:24

Dele Alli says the chance to play in the North London derby is what dreams are made of, but he knows everyone needs to remain at the top of their game if we’re to take anything away from the Emirates on Sunday.

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We meet Arsenal for the second time this season at the weekend, having slipped to a 2-1 home defeat in the Capital One Cup third round back in September.

Dele was introduced as a second half substitute in that game for his first taste of the derby atmosphere but, ahead of his first away match against the Gunners, he’s underlined his desire to help us make it three wins in six days in all competitions, following our home victories over Aston Villa and Anderlecht this week.

“It’s one of those dreams when you’re a kid – you want to play in these games,” said the midfielder, who started and played 77 minutes against Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday night.

“Not only that, when you play you want to prove yourself and you want to be part of it all, so I’m going to work as hard as I can on the training pitch and hopefully get on the pitch at the Emirates.

“We’re in good rhythm at the moment, the team is playing well, but it’s a massive game on Sunday – not just for us, but for the fans as well.

“Everyone on the pitch knows how important it is, so we’ve just got to make sure that we recover properly from Thursday night’s match in preparation for the game.”

While we’re carrying some winning momentum into the contest, the Gunners suffered a 5-1 defeat away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek – but Dele says that’ll count for nothing when the first whistle blows on Sunday.

“It will be a good test,” he added. “We know what Arsenal are capable of and it’s not going to be easy either way. I don’t think it really matters too much about the results in midweek as far as this game is concerned.

“We know how big the match is, everyone’s going to be up for it and everybody is going to be firing, so it should be a good game.”