London - Hugo Lloris has warned Arsenal that Tottenham are
determined to avenge their recent north London derby despair when the rivals
clash again in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Mauricio Pochettino's side make the short trip the Emirates
Stadium just over two weeks after crashing to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of
their bitterest of neighbours in the Premier League.
Tottenham led 2-1 on that occasion but fell apart in the
second half as Arsenal hit back to claim their second successive home win in
the north London derby following last season's 2-0 success.
The fiery encounter featured a brawl between players from
both teams after Tottenham's Eric Dier enraged Arsenal with a provocative goal
Tottenham fans were also in trouble after a banana skin was
thrown at Arsenal's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he celebrated
his goal in front of the away end.
Adding to the toxic mood around the clash, Arsenal's stars
weren't shy about taking to social media to brag about their victory, with
Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno's post of a picture of the team celebrating brand
disrespectful by Pochettino.
Pochettino insists Tottenham's improvement during his reign
means they no longer need to be obsessed about making derby victories the
highlight of their season.
But Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris insists his team would love
to make amends for their painful loss earlier this month.
"Maybe it's a good thing that we lost the Premier
League game a few weeks ago because it is more motivation for us," Lloris
"There are no more bad feelings than when you get a
defeat. It is another opportunity and we will try our best to go through.
"Every game that you lose it hurts, but of course when
you lead 2-1 it's worse.
"It's true Arsenal are playing very well and are a
difficult team to beat, but I think we have the quality to do it."
Pochettino and Arsenal manager Unai Emery may be tempted to
field under-strength teams to rest their key players ahead of a hectic
But Lloris is adamant Tottenham - yet to win a trophy under
Pochettino - need to take the competition seriously, especially given it is
Arsenal standing between them and a place in the semi-final.
"It is important to take every competition seriously,
whatever the competition is," he said.
"Of course there is priority in the season but it is a
League Cup game and if you go through there is a semi-final and a good chance.
"And then it is a derby so it is easier to prepare for
because there's always excitement and enjoyment to play that type of
Tottenham's loss in their last visit to Arsenal is the only
time they have tasted defeat in 11 games.
That run included an impressive draw at Barcelona in the
Champions League that secured their place in the last 16.
In contrast, a surprise 3-2 Premier League loss at lowly
Southampton on Sunday ended Arsenal's 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions
and exposed the flaws in Emery's defence.
Making the situation worse for Emery is a growing defensive
Sead Kolasinac was a late withdrawal at Southampton due to
tightness in a thigh muscle, while Hector Bellerin limped off with a calf
Rob Holding is a long-term absentee and Shkodran Mustafi is
battling to shake off a hamstring injury.
"It's true we need to improve and concede less chances
to the opposition," Emery said.
"We are scoring a lot but we are also conceding a lot,
it's more than we want to be doing."