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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Petr Cech insists Arsenal 'need to win' North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur

Clash at Emirates Stadium on Saturday marks the return of the English top-flight after a two week international break.

Petr Cech has urged his Arsenal teammates to thrive under the pressure of the North London derby. Phil Noble / Reuters
Petr Cech has urged his Arsenal teammates to thrive under the pressure of the North London derby. Phil Noble / Reuters

Arsenal must win an "electric" North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur to issue a statement of intent to both their local rivals and other top-four contenders, goalkeeper Petr Cech has said ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash.

Arsenal last beat Tottenham in a 2015 League Cup tie but have failed to register a league win over their neighbours since 2014, drawing four and losing two of the last six league meetings between the sides.

As Tottenham have risen to prominence over recent years, the derby has become more closely contested and Cech has backed his teammates to get a meaningful victory.

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"With the atmosphere and the electricity in the crowd, you need to win a game like this and not only because it's a derby, but because it's a rival that challenges us for a top-four spot.," Cech told the club's website.

"You need to make sure in these types of games that you get all three points.

"It means so much to everybody. That's a little bit of extra pressure on players as well and I think it's the kind of situation where your performance usually rises. The atmosphere makes it more special to players as well."

Arsenal are sixth in the standings, four points behind third-placed Tottenham and 12 behind leaders Manchester City, with six wins in 11 league games.