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Up for the derby!

Posted on 14 April 2010  - 12:00

Gareth Bale believes we have put our FA Cup semi-final disappointment behind us and are ready for the challenge of Arsenal tonight.

Up for the derby!

Gareth Bale believes we have put our FA Cup semi-final disappointment behind us and are ready for the challenge of Arsenal tonight.

The left-back admits the Wembley defeat to Portsmouth was hard to take but insists it will not have a bearing on this massive North London derby.

It's a game the young Welshman is relishing with so much riding on the White Hart Lane clash for both sides.

And he is determined to help make sure it will be the blue and white half of North London celebrating a vital three points by the end of the night.

Gareth said: "Everyone had high expectations of the semi-final but I just don't think it was our day, so it was very disappointing for everyone involved. Now we've got a big game that we hope we can win to put us back on track.

"We've worked hard since Sunday in training and we know what we've got to do, so hopefully we can produce the goods against Arsenal.

"Everyone's going to be 100 per cent up for it because it's one of those games that all of your pride and passion goes into. At the end of the day, we want to come out of it with the three points that will push us back up the table.

"It's a big occasion that means everything to the fans no matter what. It's one of the most important games of the season and nobody wants to be on the losing team, especially with this one being such a big game for both teams with Arsenal going for the title and us going for fourth place. It's exciting and everyone's looking forward to it."

Gareth's North London derby memories are not yet plentiful but there is certainly a highlight that springs to mind for the 20-year-old.

In his first game against the Gunners just weeks into his Spurs career in September 2007, the then teenager curled home a free-kick to put us ahead in an eventual 3-1 defeat at the Lane (pictured above).

He recalls: "It was great. The fans erupted when I scored and it's a nice memory to have. Hopefully I can do it again but we can come out the winning team this time."