Spurs star will put his friendship aside with Arsenal defender for North London derby

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Tottenham have had to lick their wounds after their defeat last Sunday and quickly recover from the set back as they have the North London Derby to prepare for.

Arsenal also come into the game on the back of a loss having been outclassed by Liverpool at Anfield.

New signing David Luiz was among the players who came in for heavy criticism for their performances last weekend. The centre-half, who is no stranger to derby games against Tottenham, could be involved in his first North London Derby.

Tottenham forward Lucas Moura, who is good friends with Luiz from the time the pair spent together at PSG, has revealed that he is happy that the defender made the switch across the capital as he now lives closer to him.

However, the 26-year-old admitted that all friendships will be put aside when the two Brazilians take the field at the Emirates.

Speaking to The Evening Standard, the Spurs forward said: “I am happy for him because it was a good transfer for him (Luiz) to make. I am also happy because he is closer to me now. He can come visit me at my home easier because when he was at Chelsea, he was so far away!’

“On Sunday he will be my opponent, I will work and do the best for my team to get three points. On the pitch (out relationship) is different. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, I need to do my best and try to win.”

Moura agreed that the derby game represents as good an opportunity as any for Spurs to bounce back from their below-par showing against Newcastle.

He added, “Is this the perfect game for us to have after the Newcastle defeat? Yes. We need to look forward now. There are a lot of hard games to come.

“We lost against Newcastle but I am sure we have the quality to go to Arsenal and come back with three points. That’s what we must try to do.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Arsenal’s backline is their biggest weakness as Liverpool proved at Anfield and so it is important that Spurs have a go at the hosts and don’t just absorb pressure like the did against City. The likes of Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura will have more space to run into than they did against Newcastle and hopefully, that will be enough to see Pochettino’s men come away with the points.

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