Van der Vaart knows how much the clash means to both sides after being given the lowdown by Gunners striker Robin van Persie - his Holland team-mate.
Spurs hammered their neighbours 5-1 in the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final two years ago and went on to lift the trophy.
Van der Vaart said: "Everybody has been talking about the Arsenal match all week. Robin told me when we were together in the national team what a big game it is. I'm really looking forward to it."