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Possession the key

Posted on 28 October 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp believes keeping the ball is key to any success at Arsenal as he prepares for his first North London derby at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Possession the key

Harry Redknapp believes keeping the ball is key to any success at Arsenal as he prepares for his first North London derby at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

The new boss steps straight into the melting pot of one of the biggest fixtures on the football calendar just days after taking over at the Lane.

He's hoping to take the confidence gained from Sunday's first win of the Premier League campaign into the derby against an Arsenal side now up to fourth in the table.

"It's a tough task and going to Arsenal is always difficult," he said.

"They have a fantastic team and they pass the ball superbly - but we can do that as well. The way the lads passed the ball around on Sunday impressed me and we've got to do that again.

"You have to keep the ball at Arsenal, you can't afford to keep turning it back over to them and inviting them onto you.

"You have to keep possession and that's what we're working on.

"As I said, I was impressed with the quality of our play against Bolton and impressed with the players who weren't even in the team in Monday's training session, they showed me they can play as well.

"There is real quality here and if we can get that out of them on a regular basis we'll quickly move up the table."