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Arsenal boss Arteta reveals derby prep included passionate pics of Vieira team

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is urging his players to show the passion of the club's former champion teams.

In the build-up to Sunday's North London Derby, some iconic images were dusted off to mark the anniversary of Martin Keown's infamous confrontation with Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Back in the early 2000s, the Arsenal team of Keown, Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva and Lauren was feared for its strength and physicality, as well as its technique and never-say-die attitude.

Arteta said: “It's another generation of fantastic players that created a history in those clashes.

“It was different, the way of acting, the way of relationships between players, it was phenomenal to watch.

“I didn't experience it but it was phenomenal to watch from the outside because it was all about passion and competing with each other.

“I think every time we are on the pitch we have to do it for ourselves, because we know that is a basic principle to compete in any game in the Premier League in order to get the results that we want.

“And hopefully afterwards people will get convinced that we are able to do that.

“We've done it in the past, since I've been here, and in previous years with other managers."

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