Kieran Gibbs believes an Arsenal win over their bitter rivals in the North London derby on Sunday will go a long way to settling disgruntled fans.
Unrest has been growing at the Emirates over the poor run of games recently that has seen the club humbled while their neighbours have hit a purple patch.
Barring a miracle in the second leg, the Gunners face another trophyless season after a 4-0 thumping in Italy by AC Milan all but eliminated them from the Champions League just days before they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Sunderland in their last game.
Now Arsenal face a resurgent Tottenham side who have lost just once in their last 16 games and are sitting one place and 10 points ahead of them in the league, and Gibbs says his team-mates have to rise to the challenge if they are to rescue anything from their season for their fans.
"It's more than just another fixture, it has something special and we can use it to put things behind us," he told the club's official website.
"We owe the supporters a lot - we have to hold our hands up about what's happened in the last week or two, we know that we didn't do what was required of us and everybody has been feeling very apologetic towards the club and the fans.
"But this is the game in which we can overcome it, and there's so much to lift ourselves for. We're still in the top four in the Premier League and I'm sure we can stay there.
"Spurs have improved a lot, though, and you have to give them credit. Any team that's in their position at this stage of the season has clearly done well, so we're in for a real battle. All I can say is that we'll be ready."