Gael Clichy has admitted that Wednesday night's north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham will be the biggest he has ever experienced.
The match will go a long way to defining each club's season, with either victory or defeat having a potentially huge impact on Arsenal's title chase and Tottenham's race for fourth spot and Champions League football next season.
But, far from being daunted by the prospect of such a pivotal game, Clichy has welcomed the competition from the Gunners' local rivals and insisted that the prospect of end-of-season glory will Spur both sides on in the clash.
Clichy said: 'This will be the biggest derby I have been part of because both clubs have so much to play for. We are playing for the title and they want fourth place. It is going to be a big, big game.
'Tottenham versus Arsenal games are always big, but this one will be special. They have great players, we have great players and we both need to win. I hope we can come out on top.
'It will be amazing because we know we have got something to play for. It is different this year and the team that wins can get something great at the end of the season.
'The Tottenham game is perfect for us after losing to Barcelona. It is only five games to go now to win the title and if we can get the three points it will be a big, big thing.'
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Sol Campbell will run out at White Hart Lane expecting to again receive the spiteful abuse he has been subjected to on numerous occasions at the ground since his free transfer from Spurs to the Gunners nine years ago.
And, while Clichy understands the importance to the fans of the rivalry, he has played down such feelings of animosity between the players, suggesting the number of foreign-born stars has diluted the passion.
The Gunners' left-back even suggested that he would like to see Tottenham competing in the Champions League in future, saying that playing a European quarter- or semi-final would be 'just amazing - maybe the best game ever'.
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Clichy said: 'The rivalry is fierce among the fans, but it is a bit different between the players these days.
'A few years ago, we had a lot of English players who really knew the feeling between the two clubs. But now you have players from Mexico, from France, and to start with maybe we do not realise.
'The big derby in France is Paris Saint-Germain against Marseille, which is north against south. That game is so different to Arsenal-Tottenham, so maybe we do not understand.
'Of course, though, when you have been here a few years you know what it is about and you know the importance of the game. Even more this year because nobody can afford to drop points.'
He added: 'Let's hope we win the title and they get fourth.'
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