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LAST AND FIRST FOR PASCAL

Posted on 1 December 2006  - 12:00

Pascal Chimbonda played in the last-ever game at Highbury - he's now after a win in his first north London derby, the first at the Emirates Stadium.

Pascal Chimbonda played in the last-ever game at Highbury - he's now after a win in his first north London derby, the first at the Emirates Stadium.The flying full-back was part of the Wigan team that did so well against the Gunners on that deciding final day of last season – they led 2-1 as the hour mark approached - when we were pipped for fourth place in the Barclays Premiership.

“We played well against Arsenal that day,” recalled Pascal. “When you play against Arsenal you need to be strong, they have a lot of great players and they create chances, but we did that. In the end, we had a player sent off and it was just too difficult for us.”

We now enter a new era of the N17-N5 rivalry in a new season with new players in both camps – but they all know what this match means.

“I know this is a big game, both for the players and the fans and we don't need any extra incentive for this game, no-one does,” said the French international.

“Arsenal are a bit inconsistent at the moment, unusually for them. I saw the recent game against Newcastle and they created lots of chances. I think we have a chance to win at the Emirates Stadium.”

We travel to the Emirates with just one defeat in our last 14 games in all competitions, winning 10, the latest against Pascal’s old team last weekend.

“That was an important win against Wigan,” he added. “We needed three points to get into the top half of the Premiership. It will give us confidence for the future.

“This has been a good move for me, I have a smile on my face and I'm happy when I play. I feel good playing for Tottenham.”