Ledley King and Rafael van der Vaart both discuss the importance and magnitude of Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal in our matchday programme for the Barclays Premier League clash.
In an exclusive interview with Club captain Leds, a veteran of clashes against the Gunners during his 14-year professional career with us, he believes we’ve closed the gap on Arsenal and aim to prove that again this weekend.
"This is always a massive game, always has been, always will be," said Ledley.
"In recent years it’s been a lot tighter than it was. For many years, we struggled to get a result against them. It’s evened itself out a lot more and we’ve had the better of it in the last couple of years. Hopefully that will continue.”
Meanwhile, Dutch striker Rafa – who scored in both games against Arsenal last season – can’t wait to cross swords with our neighbours again in what he feels is a mouthwatering fixture.
“It’s a great game, it’s the biggest of the year,” he said. “For me, last year was the first season where I played a Tottenham v Arsenal game and it’s amazing, I think it’s one of the best games in the league. For me personally I think it (the game at the Lane) was one of the biggest and best games of my career.”
The full interviews with both players are in Sunday’s programme, along with a whole host of your regular features including:
• Manager Harry Redknapp’s exclusive column.
• A reflection on our 1994-95 campaign, which saw the arrival of Jurgen Klinsmann, in our 20 Years of the Premier League series.
• Programmes of the Past – looking back at the 1986-87 campaign when we entertained the Gunners three times.
• Terry Dyson talking about his unique hat-trick against Arsenal in August, 1961.
• Exclusive interview with Spurs fan and former Olympic silver medallist Iwan Thomas
• Younes Kaboul discusses his sporting exploits.
Plus much, much more - make sure you pick up your copy!