Villas-Boas: My ‘quality’ Tottenham can beat Arsenal on Sunday

Andre Villas-Boas is convinced that his Tottenham side have the quality to beat Arsenal in Sunday's north London derby

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Andre Villas-Boas's Spurs travel to Arsenal on Sunday Photo: Back Page Images

Andre Villas-Boas is convinced that his Tottenham side have the quality to beat fierce rivals Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby.

Spurs were beaten 5-2 by the Gunners last season at Emirates Stadium after they were reduced to 10 men by Emmanuel Adebayor’s first-half sending off.

Villas-Boas’ men made amends in March when they claimed a 2-1 win in the return fixture at White Hart Lane, but the Portuguese coach still watched his side miss out on Champions League qualification as they finished a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

The Lilywhites confirmed their sixth signing of the summer with the £30m recruit of Erik Lamela on Friday following the arrivals of Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.

And Villas-Boas is certain that his side have what it takes to condemn Arsenal to what would be their second straight league home defeat following the Gunners’ shock loss to Aston Villa on the opening day of the campaign.

“We have the quality to go there and win,” said Villas-Boas. “I think we will set up to try to win the game and hopefully achieve the result we want.’

“Yes [Spurs will have to step their game up.] It is a different type of proposition on Sunday but it has special ingredients of a game that is unique in English football and full of emotion.

“Hopefully, if we set up properly, the match for sure will be a great game, because both teams want to play, want to win, want to attack, and hopefully it can be a present for the fans.”

Much has been made of Arsenal’s lack of spending in the current transfer window, with free transfers Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini the only new faces at Emirates Stadium so far this summer.

But Villas-Boas believes that the familiarity Arsenal have within their squad could work in their favour this season.

“Our objective is to be stronger,” said Villas-Boas.

“The advantage that they [Arsenal] have is that they know each other very, very well from the past because they are a side that has been built together for these last years and, without having new faces, they don’t have to worry about building something.

“They’re already in there, the Arsenal way of playing. And we have lots of new faces and still have to build our own style of play.”

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