Premier League - Ginola: Derby crucial for Spurs
Fri, 19 Nov 16:38:00 2010
Spurs finished fourth last season, and subsequently qualified for the Champions League, but Ginola wants his former club to prove they can stay among the elite by winning at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday's North London derby.
Ginola said: "It has been 17 years since Tottenham last won at Arsenal, in 1993. But things can change very quickly. Obviously last year, they did pretty well. They had a decent season to finish in the top four.
"Securing a place in the Champions League will now be a priority this year. Obviously it goes that you must be winning against Arsenal and other top teams to do that. If you want to be winning the Premier League at some stage, you need to beat Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea to be right there at the top.
"You need to do that on a regular basis, year in and year out - you need to be right there at the top. It's not about doing something just for one season, it is about being consistent. This is what counts, finding that consistency."
Ginola won the League Cup and claimed both the Football Writers' and Players' Player of the Year awards during his three-year spell at White Hart Lane, and was on winning side when Tottenham beat Arsenal there in 1999.
That was Spurs' last league victory over the Gunners for a decade before Gareth Bale scored the winner in a 2-1 victory in April that helped propel the club into the top four.
Ginola sees the young Welshman as vital to the club's fortunes in the coming years.
He said of his fellow left winger: "I wrote some nice lines at the Lane, and Gareth Bale is starting to write some as well - and I'm happy to see that.
"Tottenham have always provided this kind of player, very exciting and interesting to watch. He is the future of the club. I hope Spurs can secure his contract. He is the kind of player Spurs will need over the next few years."††
Former France international Ginola identified compatriot Samir Nasri as the brightest light in Arsenal's season thus far, and he expects the 23-year-old to grow into one of the world's top players.
"The kid has got everything," he said. "He has got the ability, and he is getting more mature and experienced in the English game. Playing in so many top games has helped him to grow up.
"No doubt he has got the skills to be one of the best players in the world. It helps when you play alongside (Cesc) Fabregas, because he gets to see one of the best players to learn from.
"At the moment, the kid is looking in the right direction. I saw a very good player in him play in the middle of the park against England on Wednesday. He was the star of what was probably France's best game since 2006."
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