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Spurs midfielder Winks sees North London derby as good opportunity to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 August 2019

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks (right) appears dejected at the end of their defeat to Newcastle (Pic: John Walton/PA)

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks (right) appears dejected at the end of their defeat to Newcastle (Pic: John Walton/PA)

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Tottenham come against their biggest rivals Arsenal in the North London derby this weekend as they look to bounce back to winning ways.

Newcastle United's Emil Krafth (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose battle for the ballNewcastle United's Emil Krafth (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose battle for the ball

Spurs will travel to the Emirates Stadium for the prestigious derby clash, which has been played since 1913.

And midfielder Harry Winks feels it's the best way to get back on track after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United.

"It's a massive game for the fans, it's a massive game for us, and the team are going to want to set it right and there is no better way of doing that than against your biggest rival," the 23-year-old said.

"All games are tough in the Premier League and we approach each game in same manner.

"Arsenal is going to be a very different game to Newcastle as we're against a team that is not going to defend as much, but they'll have their qualities and strengths as well that we will have to mind."

The England international knows just how vital it is to take points from one of your rivals - despite only being a matter of weeks into the new season.

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"They're massive, as when you play against a big side in the league it's important to make a statement by winning and putting your marker down.

"Arsenal is going to be a big test again. We had Manchester City last week and came away with a positive result, so we'll be hoping we can do the same."

The Academy product revealed he doesn't look into his opponents too much and prefers to focus on himself.

"I don't watch the opposition too much; I focus on myself and the team, and what we can do to improve," he added.

"We'll work on Arsenal and what we need to do as a team building up to that."

However he did admit Spurs must be better, after failing to find their way past the Magpies defensive tactics last weekend.

"Teams are going to play against Tottenham and expect us to have possession, they'll sit off us, but we need to find other solutions and ways to break teams down," he said.

Winks also denied claims that the squad is unsettled due to the European transfer window, adding: "Our focus is purely on every game and every training we have, we don't think about that.

"Every player is committed to the club, wants to do well, and achieve big things at Tottenham and that will never change."

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