Samir Nasri revealed he was happy to return to first-team action but remains cautious about a relapse after making his return from a fractured leg in Arsenal's Carling Cup win over Liverpool.
"The most important thing is not to suffer a relapse,'' Nasri said. "The boss asked me two or three times during the game how I felt and I had to make a sign if I felt the slightest touch. But everything was all right.
"I was very satisfied with my comeback. After five months without playing, I had appetite, I wanted to get around the pitch and touch the ball.
"I thought that it would have been a little bit more difficult. We worked well with the physical assistant. Now, I need to play and play again.''
Nasri is hoping the Gunners can display the sort of form that saw them net six against Everton and Blackburn this season when they take on North-London rivals Spurs on Saturday,rather than reproducing the mediocre performances of recent draws against AZ Alkmaar and West Ham.
"It was a small disappointment to drop two points while we led 2-0 at West Ham," he said. ''We had the same against Alkmaar and we need to correct that but we were almost invincible for ten games before that.
"Now it is necessary to win again in the Premier League. And there is nothing better than a derby against Tottenham. It's been a while since both teams met each other while so high in the table.''