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Arsenal and Tottenham to work together against abusive chants

741   //    01 Mar 2013, 10:04 IST
Carl Jenkinson has a big task ahead

Carl Jenkinson has a big task ahead in controlling Gareth Bale. 

Fierce London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal will join forces to stop any abusive chants ahead of the north London derby on Sunday.

Both the teams want to make it clear to the fans that any such nonsense will not be tolerated.

Last season, there were chants directed towards former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor, and Tottenham supporters targeted Bacary Sagna as he waited for the stretcher after breaking his leg.

The clubs will use all means necessary to stop such activities, and the culprits could face a lifetime ban from football.

UEFA has also appointed a special security officer for the Tottenham-Inter Milan Europa League game this month.

Arsene Wenger spoke ahead of Sunday’s fixture and revealed that Sagna would not be available, and Carl Jenkinson may have to take up the duties to stop the in form Gareth Bale.

Arsenal have an advantage as they have won 5-2 in the last two derbies against Tottenham and, according to Abou Diaby, now have the psychological advantage.

“Of course because from the last game against them we took some lessons and we know them well,” he told Arsenal Player.

“We know how to deal with them. It is more than a game. The atmosphere around the game means we all want to win, so that makes it very exciting. That is why I think there are so many goals.”


Diaby was out with a calf strain, but is expected to be available for a derby which has produced 39 goals in the past eight matches.

“If you have a strong midfield, it is 90 per cent you will win the game because it is the heart of the team,” said Diaby.

“Tottenham have a new manager, with a new type of play and new philosophy and that has helped them a lot. They also have some very good players. All those elements make them really good at the moment.

“But it would be really important for us [to win at White Hart Lane] because we could get closer to them. It’s vital for us.”

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