Tottenham will visit a full-capacity Emirates Stadium on Sunday for the first time since 2019
With the coronavirus pandemic halting football just four months after Arteta’s appointment, he has only experienced fans at a game with Tottenham on one occasion – 2,000 Spurs fans seeing their side beat Arsenal 2-0 last season.
It is over two years since supporters were able to watch a north London derby at the Emirates Stadium but Arteta is now looking forward to the experience.
“It is the most special game of the season at home, com certeza," ele disse. “It is a north London derby, and emotionally it is a different one to play and we know how much it means for our supporters as well.
“I will make sure that [the team] understand what it means: the history between the two clubs and where this rivalry comes from and what it means emotionally to all of our supporters.
“You have to play this game with a slightly different skin because there is a little bit more at stake.”
Ahead of the September international break, Tottenham sat top of the Liga Premiada with Arsenal rooted to the bottom.
Desde então, Contudo, Arsenal have won twice while Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have slipped to back-to-back defeats.
It means a two-goal win for Arsenal would see them leapfrog their neighbours and Arteta believes three wins in a row, including the midweek Carabao Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon, sees his side go into the derby with momentum.
“There is a certain level of confidence when you are on a winning run that is really positive to face a big match," ele adicionou. “We’re all just trying to compete to win the football match. It won’t be any different from them and both teams are going to try and win regardless because they have the necessity.
“We know what it means for us, this game.”