SCHURRLE: DERBY DAY

Mar 21, 2014 Posted Under: News

Andre Schurrle is looking forward to a very local contest – in more ways than one – when we take on Arsenal tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking to the club’s email newsletter, which supporters can sign up for free of charge, Schurrle not only discussed facing a local rival and fellow title-challenger; he also considered the prospect of coming up against some of his international teammates.

‘It’s a London derby, but I guess you could also call it a bit of a derby for the Germany players too,’ said Schurrle with compatriots Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski in mind. It could have been more were Mesut Ozil not injured.

‘They are guys I know well, all good friends, so it’s going to be interesting – especially when you look at the situation in the league table and how close it is.

‘Derbies, especially for the fans, are very important, which then makes it important for us to make sure we win it for them! We want them to be able to walk through the city and then when they see a Tottenham or Arsenal supporter they can say, “Oh, we won against you!” It gives them a better feeling.

‘The next matches – or maybe we should say the last matches because there are not many to go – are very important. We need to pick up three points each match to keep ahead and winning gives us the confidence to do that.’

Schurrle played a pivotal role in helping us secure the three points in another London derby earlier this month – at Fulham – when he netted a clinical second-half hat-trick. Another compatriot, Lewis Holtby, was an opponent on a day which ended with Schurrle going home with the match-ball.

‘It was the first one so it was a very special moment for me,’ said the 23-year-old. ‘There were some pretty funny messages on there. Some of the guys tried to write stuff in German…badly!’

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