Laurent Koscielny states beating Tottenham is a pleasure

The Arsenal centre-half has picked the North London derby as the game he loves to win.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has stoked the flames ahead of this weekend’s North London derby, telling The London Evening Standard that beating Tottenham is a pleasure.

The bitter local rivals are set to go head-to-head in what should be an enthralling fixture at the Emirates Stadium this Sunday.

The France international is nursing an injury concern and will face a late fitness test to gauge whether he is able to face Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the grudge match.

Regardless of whether he plays or not, Koscielny has admitted that facing Spurs is the game that he looks forward to and has special significance.

The no-nonsense enforcer has stated that he has a good record against Mauricio Pochettino’s men and that beating Tottenham is enjoyable.

"For Arsenal, it's Tottenham because it’s a special day,” The London Evening Standard quote Koscielny as saying.

“You can feel it all week. You can feel the atmosphere every day and on the day of the match you feel the pressure.

"You don’t want to play well, you just want to win. The derby is for winning and I think I have some good results against Tottenham and it was a pleasure.”

Tottenham are on a good run of form and have beaten Aston Villa and Anderlecht this week, with Pochettino’s side not losing in the Premier League since the opening day.

Arsenal’s Champions League hopes meanwhile hang by a thread after the Gunners were dismantled by Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in midweek.

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