Cazorla: Arsenal fans made sure I knew importance of derby

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla says he doesn't need reminding how big the North London derby is with Tottenham.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla says he doesn't need reminding how big the North London derby is with Tottenham.

Arsenal came from behind to beat Spurs earlier this season after Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off for a reckless lunge at Cazorla.

The Spaniard, a £17m summer signing from Malaga, also scored in that game and admits he would love to see an action replay this weekend.

He said: “The week before we played Tottenham at home, I kept being told how we had to beat them because they were ‘the rival’ and our ­neighbours.

“I’d never experienced such a great derby before and it was fantastic to be part of it.

“It was a good all-round ­performance. As you know, Adebayor’s sending off made it easier for us as they had already gone ahead.

“It was tough, but facing 10 men for the majority of the game ­allowed us to beat them.

“I remember the game well. I scored and it was my first derby. It was also a great victory for the fans.

“I hope things go the same way as that game!”

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