Arsenal v Tottenham is not a normal game, says Thomas Vermaelen

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen targets victory in Saturday's "special" north London derby to get Gunners' season back on track

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Thomas Vermaelen was named Arsenal's new captain after Robin van Persie's exit Photo: Nike

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Thomas Vermaelen believes victory in Saturday’s “special” north London derby would be a big step towards putting Arsenal’s season back on track.

The Gunners have only won one of their last four games in all competitions and were held to a 3-3 draw by Fulham at The Emirates last weekend, leaving them in eighth place in the Premier League table.

But Arsenal captain Vermaelen is confident Arsene Wenger’s men will be able to reignite their title challenge if they can secure victory at The Emirates on Saturday lunchtime.

“This isn’t a normal game – it’s a special one,” Vermaelen wrote in his Arsenal programme notes.

“Practically, we need to get three points on the board, but I think it would give both the fans and the team a massive boost if we won.

“Last season we came back from 2-0 down, working really hard for a memorable turnaround. We want to create the same impetus this time and it’s a big opportunity to do so.

“If you look at the league table, we’re not too far behind third and fourth places. Nothing is lost yet – a win against Spurs would be a big step.”

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