December 18 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Sunday, September 1, 2013
After a long injury lay-off today’s north London derby may come too soon for Younes Kaboul but that hasn’t stopped him dreaming about a repeat his north London derby-winning exploits.
The French international scored the winner at the Emirates Stadium three years ago to hand Tottenham their first win on enemy territory for 17 years and that still stands as their last victory at Arsenal headquarters.
Today Spurs will attempt to add a third derby away day victory in the Premier League era and maintain their perfect record of six points from two games and no goals conceded.
Asked if he could repeat the goal that gave him instant hero status among Spurs fans, Kaboul said: “I hope so.
“Any goalscorer will be great. We want to win this game, of course. It’s going to be a good atmosphere.
“Every game is important for us. We have to take all the games with the same concentration, the same spirit and they same joy – that’s how you win football matches.”
The defender made his first start for Spurs in over a year on Thursday as the Lilywhites warmed up for today’s clash with a comfortable 3-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi – an 8-0 aggregate victory that sent his side into the Europa League group stages.
He said afterwards: “I’m very happy and glad to be back in my garden and with a win also, so it was very important for me.
“I’m building up slowly, step-by-step. I’m feeling better and better so I’ll carry on training very hard to be fit all season.”
In his absence from action Tottenham have been busy adding seven new recruits to strengthen the squad - an amount of change that has even surprised Kaboul.
But he admitted: “Sometimes you need changes, it is good.”
And he has no fears that all the new different nationalities in the Spurs dressing room can work together.
“Football is only one language,” he said. “Everyone understands each other so everyone is happy and I hope that we will do something very good this season.”