Vertonghen: Spurs fans made sure I knew importance of Arsenal clash

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen was thrilled to win the North London derby against Arsenal. The Belgian sensed something special was on yesterday.

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen was thrilled to win the North London derby against Arsenal.

The Belgian sensed something special was on yesterday.

Vertonghen said: “I only arrived six months ago but you could feel this was one of the most important games of the season.

“It’s a North London derby and a first win for me so I’m very happy.

“Arsenal played very well in midfield and outnumbered us, with Santi Cazorla coming in from the left. We had a difficult first 30 minutes but we stayed compact and stayed playing as a team and the goals were at the best moment for us.

“We said not to concede a goal early in the second half, like Man United away — they scored but we can defend.

“We are a very strong team. We can play compact and we showed it again.”

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