Arsenal are preparing themselves to lock horns with bitter north-London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday lunch time, a fiery encounter which will undoubtedly play host to an array of fearsome battles across the park, controversy, and most importantly goalmouth action under the splendour of Wembley’s iconic arch.
Netting during a grudge match is a moment every player presumably dreams of accomplishing, especially in Spurs’ back yard from an Arsenal star’s perspective, and for former Gunners favourite Tomas Rosicky, the ‘special’ opportunity to tally against the Lilywhites became a ‘surreal’ reality.
In March 2014, Rosicky, now 37-years-old, bagged the winner and indeed the only goal of the game against Tottenham to condemn Tim Sherwood’s men to a 1-0 Premier League loss at White Hart Lane, a barnstorming thunderbolt from the edge of the box which gave he and his teammates the lead and ultimately the bragging rights, all within the opening two minutes of the testing tie.
Speaking to the club’s official website, ‘little Mozart’ relived his ruthlessly dispatched strike which whistled past a hapless Hugo Lloris, an instance which left everyone in attendance ‘shocked’ and awestruck by the mastery and technique of the Czech’s pinpoint execution.
“First of all it was a great goal and it was also very early in the game, so it was after just two minutes,” the veteran midfielder claimed. “You could see that everyone in the stadium was in shock.
“It was so quiet and such a surreal moment that you could only hear the Arsenal fans 100 metres behind you. The rest of the stadium was completely quiet. I love this goal and what happened after. It is a great memory.
“I always knew they were special games and I always understood the meaning of the derby, because I always played in the derbies when I was at Sparta Prague and Dortmund, where there is a big derby against Schalke.
“I always understood the meaning of the derby and I knew what it meant for people here. For me, it was always a special game. I was fortunate that I could score some nice goals against them. Maybe I will see if I still have some boots in my locker for this game!”
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