Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says Sunday’s north London derby at the Emirates will be “more than a game”.
Spurs make the short trip to the Emirates in high spirits having won their last six games in all competitions.
Pochettino’s men also defeated Inter Milan on Wednesday night to boost their Champions League group stage qualification hopes.
But Lloris is not carried away by their recent results and is expecting a good game from Arsenal.
“We know it is more than a game for both clubs and for both [sets of] fans,” Lloris said.
“Now we have time to recover and to prepare as well as possible but that type of game you play more with passion and desire.
“It is the type of game we all want to play and we are all excited to play.
“It is going to be interesting to face Arsenal this season with a new manager.
“They have a good energy and they have had some very good results in the last few weeks so it is going to be a very good game for both teams.”
Manchester City and Liverpool are the two teams the Frenchman considers favourites for the title ahead of third placed Spurs.
The Londoners are five points off City and three behind Liverpool and Lloris believes the rigours of playing at Wembley have affected their season.
“We are building our season step by step,” Lloris said. “The main target is to keep our place in the top four.
“You need to accept the context. It is still one more season [of being] homeless. We need to deal with Wembley [for] another season. We don’t know until when.
“It demands a lot of energy but we are ready to deal with that. We have no choice.
“We will see where we will be in the second part of the season, if we still have a chance or not.
“But for me, Liverpool and Man City are both favourites for the title.
“We will see because a lot of things can happen, especially during the Boxing Day. Many teams lose chances and lose points.”