Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has relieved the memory of his first ever North London derby experience in which the Gabon international bagged a brace and an assist in a dramatic 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in December 2018.

The Gunners forward described the encounter as 'amazing' and 'a crazy experience' for him, explaining how he recognised the importance and magnitude of the tie to Arsenal by talking to those closest to the club.

Aubameyang will be aiming to recreate the heroics of his maiden North London derby when he takes on Arsenal's most fierce rivals yet again on Sunday afternoon as Mikel Arteta's men aim to secure their fourth successive win.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and registered an assist in his first North London derby (



"When I think back to my first North London derby at Emirates Stadium, I still get goosebumps,” Aubameyang told the club’s official matchday programme. "I was talking to Laca about it a few days ago and we are both saying that we’d love to play in another match like that one.

"It was just amazing. The way we came back from 2-1 down was brilliant. The crowd was so loud - they gave us so much energy. I remember when Lucas Torreira made it 4-2 and everyone just went crazy. It’s a really good memory of mine.

“Leaving the stadium was a crazy experience too. I remember driving home and stopping at a red light, right in front of a bar full of Arsenal fans. They were outside the pub singing my song, and that was really cool. It brings a lot of joy to me when I bring happiness to people."

The Arsenal skipper went on to explain how discussions with club legend Ian Wright helped him understand the severity of the clash.

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"I remember Paul, our kitman, talking to me and letting me know how important this match is for everyone associated with the club,” he said. “I’ve spoken to Ian Wright about it too.

"When you’re an Arsenal player, you’re Arsenal for life. When people like Wrighty speak to you, you listen. The only thing you want to do is go out on the pitch and show them that you’ve taken in what they’ve said and that you’re ready for it."

The last time the pair met in the league, Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners after goals from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette overturned Erik Lamela's rabona opener.

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