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That extra 10%

Saturday 20th November 2010 marked the end of a winless run away to Arsenal in the Premier League that stretched back 17 years.

The 3-2 victory came despite the lads being 0-2 down at half-time, before a Gareth Bale strike early on in the second half sparked a comeback that will live long in the memory.

The past five north London derbies in the league have seen 20 goals, two Spurs victories, one Arsenal win and two draws, and this Sunday promises to be another enthralling encounter according to our Welsh winger.

"It's a local derby and I think every player that comes to a club knows what their local derby is. And when that day does come - I don't know why it is - every player is always that little bit more motivated. The fans are fantastic every time we play against Arsenal - although they always are - and there's that ten percent extra from everybody and it spurs us on. We want to get a win for ourselves and for the supporters," Gareth told Spurs TV Online this week.

"I think over the years Arsenal have been the favourites, but I think now the tide has turned in our favour. We're playing some great stuff and I think we deserve to be where we are in the league."

Last season's victory at Arsenal proved to Gareth that whatever the circumstances, and whoever the opposition, the team are capable of picking up three points.

"The character that the boys have got, and the spirit that we show, even if we are 2-0 down we are able to fight back. We had a very poor first half and they dictated play, but in the second half we threw everything at them and they weren't able to handle it. I think we have to do the same again; we have to attack and concentrate on their weaknesses."

Despite our recent superiority over Arsenal, Gareth is very aware of the threat Arsene Wenger's team still present and believes the team are well-prepared for battle.

"They haven't had great results lately but I don't think anyone can write them off, especially when they're at home. We'll know exactly what to expect of them, they're a great team and we'll obviously give them respect. But we're a great team as well and we can go there and win, like we showed last year."