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Gunners in our sights

Posted on 1 October 2011  - 12:00

Kevin Bond insists confidence is high ahead of Sunday’s huge North London derby against Arsenal.

Gunners in our sights

Kevin Bond insists confidence is high ahead of Sunday’s huge North London derby against Arsenal.

The Gunners make the short trip from N5 to N17 for our first derby encounter of the campaign in the Premier League with a 4pm kick-off at the Lane.

We go into the clash on the back of three-successive league wins against Wolves, Liverpool and Wigan, nine points that have quickly lifted us up to sixth in the table with a game in hand.

Thursday night’s Europa League success against Shamrock Rovers – albeit with 10 changes from the DW Stadium – continued the momentum of a squad in fine form.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than this, does it?” said assistant boss Kevin.

“We’re really confident and looking forward to it, but not over-confident. We know the threat they carry.

“I went to watch them at home to Olympiacos on Wednesday night and they are always a threat when they have the ball.

“They have some players missing but they’ve also replaced them with some good players. We hope we can give them a problem or two as well and it’s a game we’re looking forward to.

“We had a difficult first couple of weeks to the season with the Everton game postponed and then the two defeats but everything has settled down since the close of the transfer window, a couple of good performance and victories and the mood around the place is noticeably different.

“Confidence is high and we’ll be more than a match for any team at the Lane - and it doesn’t come much bigger than the Gunners on Sunday.”