Coquelin backs Arsenal to beat Spurs

Francis Coquelin has backed Arsenal to beat Tottenham in Saturday’s North London Derby, and says he will always have feelings for the Gunners, even though he made a January move away from the Emirates to Valenica in La Liga in Spain.

“Arsenal is a part of my life, I spent nine years altogether at this club,” Coquelin told Phakaaathi this week.

“They will always have a special place in my heart. They had a big win against Everton at the weekend, 5-1, and playing a derby against Tottenham is always special. They are playing at Wembley (Tottenham’s temporary home ground) but it is still a derby … obviously I want Arsenal to win and I am sure they will.”

Coquelin could feature in a derby of his own on Sunday, meanwhile, as Valencia take on Levante in La Liga, with the French midfielder expecting a typically electric atmosphere at the Mestalla.

“A derby is a derby, it is a no brainer that you have to play to get three points,” said the 26 year-old.

“We have had so many games in recent weeks (at Valencia) that I haven’t felt the vibe of the derby, I will probably feel that in the next couple of days. Anyway, the atmosphere at the Mestalla is always brilliant, and I am sure the fans will be pushing the team and it is going to be a great game to play.”

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