25 Feb '12, 4am

Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie says defeat against Tottenham in the north London derby is not an option

LONDON (AFP) - Robin Van Persie has confirmed Arsenal's north London derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur will carry an extra edge by insisting it is a game Arsene Wenger's side simply cannot afford to lose. Local rivalry ensures the visit of Spurs to the Emirates Stadium is always highly charged. But for the first time in many years, Harry Redknapp's side go to the home of their rivals as clear favourites to win - and with the Gunners' season in danger of imploding. Wenger's Arsenal team face their near neighbours having exited the FA Cup at the hands of Sunderland and been all but eliminated from the Champions League after losing their last 16 first leg tie with AC Milan 4-0. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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