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Arsenal midfielder: Gunners have a psychological edge over Spurs

15:40 28 February 2013

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Arsenal's Abou Diaby (left) battles for the ball against Stoke. Sean Dempsey/PA

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Abou Diaby says the north London derby is “more than a game” and believes Arsenal have a psychological advantage over Tottenham.

The Gunners are four points behind Spurs in the Premier League table but beat them 5-2 at the Emirates for the second season running back in November.

And Diaby, who is a doubt for the derby clash due to a calf injury, believes that result will give them the edge when they go head to head at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

He told Arsenal Player: “Of course [we have a psychological edge] because from the last game against them we took some lessons and we know them well. We know how to deal with them.”

He added: “We all look forward to these big games because they are not only important to us, but to the club and the fans. It is more than a game.

“The atmosphere around the game means we all want to win, so that makes it very exciting. That is why I think there are so many goals.

“It will be difficult because they play at their ground and have the crowd supporting them. But we just have to deal with that.”

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