By 90Min
November 16, 2017

Former Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims he reveled in the pressure cooker atmosphere of the 'intense' and 'nerve-wracking' North London Derby with Tottenham Hotspur, ahead of this weekend's latest offering at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

Speaking to the official Premier League website, Wright, who scored 128 goals in his seven-year Gunners career, has spoken of the motivation the meetings between the two fierce rivals gave him, mentioning the buzz in the build-up for himself and above all the fans.

Wright said: "The fans are continuously telling you, 'It's only two weeks now, it's only one week now, it's only a few days and you're constantly aware of it.

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"The build-up was intense, it was nerve-wracking. I liked the pressure because you knew you had to perform and the fans were so up for this game."

The former Arsenal hot-shot, netted four times in nine outings against Spurs firmly etching his place in the hearts and mind of Gunners fans everywhere.

Derby day in the north of the capital - as anywhere in world football - is a special occasion for both sets of fans, with the prospect of defeat a notion neither side would wish to entertain.

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Fortunately for the now 54-year-old TV pundit, losses were something of a rarity for him against the Lilywhites but says that the goals he scored at White Hart Lane across the city, were some of his most special moments.

"It was always great", Wright gushes. "I scored a few goals against Tottenham whether it was to equalise or winning goals which was just brilliant at White Hart Lane.

"Those are the moments what I think back at and love so much" 

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