Arsenal’s world-class attacker on embracing the occasion of a pivotal derby at Tottenham with team’s title hopes on the line

Even when the stakes could barely be higher, Bukayo Saka finds the capacity to step back a little and marvel. He needs no telling what Sunday’s north London derby means, the possibilities victory would unlock and the likely implications of falling short, but it would not feel the same without a sense of fun.

“When you go in the stadium and see the atmosphere, it’s beautiful,” he says of those afternoons when Arsenal and Spurs face off. “I try to enjoy it. There has to be an element of seriousness, discipline and focus, but you have to try to enjoy it as well.”

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