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Lucas Moura says Arsenal game ‘is perfect’ for Tottenham after Newcastle nightmare

Lucas Moura claims Tottenham must beat Arsenal this weekend to prove they are stronger than ever this season.

Spurs reached the Champions League final last season and then spent big in the summer to strengthen their squad with the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso.

But they have started the season slowly, struggling to victory at home to Aston Villa, scraping a VAR-inspired draw at Manchester City, and losing at home to Newcastle.

Now they face bitter north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday at the Emirates – where the haven’t won a league game in nine years.

Tottenham couldn’t get the job done against Newcastle in a shock defeat

But Moura said: “Is this the perfect game for us to have after the Newcastle defeat? Yes. We need to look forward now. There are a lot of hard games to come.

“We lost against Newcastle but I am sure we have the quality to go to Arsenal and come back with three points. That’s what we must try to do.

“Each game is different. This is a new season and we have new players. I think we are stronger now. I am sure we can go anywhere and win games.

“For sure it was a very bad result against Newcastle. We tried but it was very difficult to play against them, especially as they kept everyone behind the ball after they scored.

“It was difficult to find the space in the air and the ground because everyone was in the box. I missed a very clear opportunity and I am upset about this.

“We need to get back to work this week and win the next game against Arsenal.”

Brazil winger Moura also insists his countryman and good friend David Luiz made the right move quitting Chelsea for Arsenal in a surprise £8m transfer this summer.

Moura, who played with Luiz at Paris St-Germain, said: “I am happy for him because it was a good transfer for him to make. I am also happy because he is closer to me now.

David Luiz and Lucas Moura are mates – but not in Sunday’s North London derby

“He can come visit me at my home easier because when he was at Chelsea, he was so far away!

“But on Sunday he will be my opponent, I will work and do the best for my team to get three points. On the pitch out relationship it is different. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, I need to do my best and try to win.

“Was I surprised he left Chelsea for Arsenal? That’s football. Anything can happen. Of course, it is not normal because the two clubs face each other every year in a derby.

“Chelsea fans are not happy. But everyone needs to do their choice and they need to respect them.”

Luiz has endured a tough start to life at Arsenal and was blamed for their 3-1 defeat at Liverpool last weekend.

But Moura said: “David is a very experienced player and knows how to go through this situation. He will be stronger very soon.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/lucas-moura-says-arsenal-game-19013329

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