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The 62-year-old also insists that his side are concentrating on finishing in the top four, and not ahead of local rivals Spurs

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has asked fans and players to respect each other ahead of the north London derby with Tottenham.

The Gunners face their local rivals at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and the clubs have released a joint statement warning that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in the hope that any trouble is stopped before it begins.

The 62-year-old gave his own appeal when he told reporters: "We want to respect everybody. Respect Tottenham players on Sunday and we want our players and supporters to be respected as well."

Former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor, currently on loan at Tottenham, caused controversy in 2009 when he ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of Arsenal fans after scoring for Manchester City in a 4-2 victory.

The striker, who was the target for visiting fans when Arsene Wenger's side travelled to White Hart Lane in October, has impressed during his loan spell at Spurs contributing 10 goals in 22 appearances.

The Frenchman signed the Togo international from Monaco in 2006, when he was largely unknown to English football. Wenger insisted that he had no doubts that the forward would make a positive impact because he is a top club player.

He continued: "I bought Adebayor when nobody knew him in this country and he became a big player here so I am not surprised that he is doing well.

"He went to Manchester City, then to Real Madrid, then back to Manchester City and then to Tottenham, so he has only made big clubs and I am not surprised because he is a good player."

The Gunners go into the game 10 points behind Harry Redknapp's side, who are in third position and although it is nearly 20 years since Arsenal finished behind their local rivals, Wenger was adamant that bragging rights have nothing to do with the importance of the game and his players are just looking to secure fourth spot.

"It is the most important game because it is the next one. That is what top-level sport is like," he added.

"For us it is important, but because we have an opportunity to come back closer to Spurs and strengthen our position in fourth place."

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