On loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Carroll has said Swansea’s match this weekend against Arsenal feels like a derby for him.
Carroll, on loan at the Welsh club, has progressed through the Tottenham youth system and is well accustomed to the local rivalry between the two North London clubs.
He says he’ll get himself up for the match as the Swans will be looking to pile the pressure onto Arsene Wenger’s team after they saw a 3-0 lead slip away in the Champions League game against Anderlecht.
“There may be the odd text. I’m sure some of the big Spurs fans who work at the club might give me a message.”
It’s an important match for Carroll for several reasons, but it’s a big chance for him to show Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino how much he has grown and developed as a player.
He can’t get carried away because of his Tottenham roots, but it’s an opportunity for him to go up against Arsenal’s talented midfield.
Fortunately for Carroll, he has the experience of having played against Arsenal in the past, which will hopefully give him a slight advantage heading into the game.
“I played against Wilshere when I was a bit younger and Carl Jenkinson who has gone out on loan to West Ham so I know him a little bit.”
Swansea’s incentive this weekend is clear; win and go above Arsenal in the table and if a Tottenham Hotspur owned player has a big say in that, in the process, several fans around White Hart Lane will be smiling by the end of Sunday.