Spurs travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on the Gunners in the Premier League on Sunday, seeking to maintain their strong start to the season that has saw them go unbeaten since the opening weekend.
A win could potentially see them go third in the table and just two points behind Arsenal, who are currently level on points with Manchester City.
Alli has said that he is determined to start the game as it is one of the matches that one dreams of being a part of as a kid.
“It’s one of those dreams when you’re a kid – you want to play in these games,” he told tottenhamhotspur.com
“Not only that, when you play you want to prove yourself and you want to be part of it all, so I’m going to work as hard as I can on the training pitch and hopefully get on the pitch at the Emirates.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s side head into the game full of confidence after a big win in the Europa League in midweek against Anderlecht.
Tottenham had taken a lead against the Belgian side at White Hart Lane, but required a stunning late goal from Mousa Dembele to secure all three points and take a big step towards the latter stages of the competition.
In contrast, Arsenal were heavily beaten 5-1 by German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, but Alli insists that neither result will matter much when it comes to the derby.
“We know what Arsenal are capable of and it’s not going to be easy either way,” he added. “I don’t think it really matters too much about the results in midweek as far as this game is concerned.
"We know how big the match is, everyone’s going to be up for it and everybody is going to be firing, so it should be a good game.”