"I am sure..." - Arsenal star makes bold North London derby prediction ahead of Tottenham clash
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The North London derby is nearly upon us and Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has made a bold prediction, displaying his confidence heading into the game.
The 22-year-old has suffered with a long injury this season, requiring surgery on his groin which has kept him out of Mikel Arteta's title-charge.
However, Smith Rowe returned to action on Monday evening in the Gunners' FA Cup 3-0 victory over Oxford, coming on as a substitute in the second half to play for the first time since September.
With some minutes under his belt, the midfielder may feature against Tottenham in what has proved to be one of his favourite fixtures.
Arsenal's number 10 will have fond memories of their encounter in 2021, when Smith Rowe helped himself to a goal and assist to ensure a 3-1 victory over their rivals.
Smith Rowe confident ahead of Tottenham clash
Speaking to the media after Arsenal's win over Oxford, Smith Rowe spoke confidently of his side's chances heading into the grudge match.
"I can’t wait and the lads can’t wait as well. I am sure we will do well. I think it would be massive for us and it couldn’t come at a better time," he said.
"We are feeling really good at the moment. All the boys know what it means to play in these kinds of games. We are all going to rest up now and get ready for it.
"I've been itching to get out there and play with the boys. I hope I can make an impact and I hope we can have a great rest of the season."
However, it could prove tricky for Smith Rowe to break into the first team, with Arsenal's attacking players currently in red hot form.
Arteta has also spoken of the importance to ease the England international back into action.
“He’s been out for a while now. He needs some time to get back to speed," the Spaniard said last month.
“We really need him and we’re going to welcome him with both arms, because he’s a really important player for us. We need him fit on the pitch."