Since defeating Queens Park Rangers by a 4-0 score last month, Tottenham Hotspur have picked up just one point from three Premier League games but Roberto Solado is confident that the club can use the momentum from their 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest in the League Cup to defeat North London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners experienced a contrast in fortunes to the Spurs this week as Arsene Wenger's side were eliminated from the League Cup after coming unstuck against Southampton. The loss punctuates the club's stuttering start after a 3-0 rout over Aston Villa seemingly offset the disappointment of the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first round of group stage competition in this season's Champions League.
"The team needed this victory [over Forest] because this Saturday we have a big game – the derby against Arsenal… it's massive," goal-scorer Roberto Soldado said, according to the club's official website.
On the importance of the rivalry and collecting maximum points from their neighbours, Soldado said: "It’s different to every other game. We remember the difficult games against them last season but now it’s a new season and we have a new mentality and we have a big opportunity to win a game in the Premier League after a couple of matches without a win.
"The fans always support the team and this game is double, there’s even more passion because it’s the North London Derby. Every player understands that this is a big game for us and we want to win it.
"Three points would be massive for us," he concluded.