Denilson - Derby win is vital
Arsenal's Denilson says the 'intense' North London derby is the club's biggest game of the season.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 14/08/10 1:37pm
Arsenal midfielder Denilson believes the 'intense' North London derby against Tottenham is their biggest fixture of the season.
Having spent four years with the Gunners, the 22-year-old has experienced the rivalry between the two clubs and is eagerly awaiting 21st November when they meet for the first time this season.
The Brazilian also believes that, despite an excellent Premier League campaign by Spurs last season, which saw them clinch the coveted fourth spot, Arsenal still reign supreme as North London's top club.
"I don't like Tottenham. At Arsenal, no one likes Tottenham," he told The Sun.
"I knew that after only four weeks of coming here, even though I was a teenager from another country, from another continent.
"It was one of the first things they taught me here - the other players, the coaches, the manager and especially the fans.
"And now I have been here for four years, I have experienced it for myself. Now I understand it. We don't like them and they don't like us.
"When we play them it is crazy - on and off the ball. It's a big, big rivalry and I love it.
"It's very intense - to me it's just like Brazil and Argentina. If you are Brazil, you would rather beat Argentina than win the World Cup. If you are Arsenal you would rather beat Tottenham than anyone else, even Manchester United or Chelsea."
Despite being shocked by Tottenham's success last season, Denilson still remains confident Arsenal will fare better than their rivals come May.
"We have to take them very seriously now. In football, you know anything can happen but I still cannot believe they will achieve more than us. That's not going to happen and I am very confident about that," he added.