Please God answer my derby day prayers

FourFourTwo's resident Gooner Ben Welch looks ahead to Saturday's North London derby...

I’m not a religious man, but tonight I’m going to get down on my knees, clasp my hands together, close my eyes and ask God to help my dearly loved Arsenal annihilate El Diablo’s army tomorrow afternoon. After all, there are no atheists in foxholes.

At 12.45pm on Saturday the agents of hell - Tottenham - will invade the Emirates for an epic battle between good versus evil.

Local pride, bragging rights and most importantly three Barclays Premier League points are at stake. There’s one agent provocateur I fear – Tottenham’s brilliant conductor - Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart.

Will Van der Vaart be the man to ruin our man's weekend?

According to the ESPN Goals app on the X10, Van der Vaart’s Dutch team-mate and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie urged Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to bring the new White Hart Lane hero to the Emirates. Instead of having him in our armoury, he may now be the man that brings us down.

Van der Vaart has been hailing the influence of Tottenham’s manager Harry Redknapp – I just hope the both of then get it wrong tomorrow.

Unfortunately I’ll be on a train to Manchester so I won’t be able to catch the game, but I’ll be able to keep up-to-date with the action on my ESPN Goals app, which allows me to watch videos of all the goals and highlights from all Barclays Premier League matches over the next three seasons – within minutes of the action on the pitch.

Rather than having to relive the misery of defeat on Match of the Day I can watch the drama unfold on my phone – that’s if we lose of course.

If we win I’ll be able to bask in the glory over and over again – and it won’t cost me a dime because the ESPN Goals app is free for the next three months because I bought the X10 android phone this month

I just hope God lends me his ear tonight.