Ferdinand believes that Spurs' defeat at Arsenal almost exactly a year ago was the catalyst that saw them fail to seal a top-three finish as their bitter rivals overhauled them and took what proved to be the final UEFA Champions League place due to Chelsea winning the European crown.
Both teams are now again locked in a battle for a Champions League spot, with fellow Londonders Chelsea also involved, and Ferdinand is hopeful they can come through as Spurs host Arsenal live on Super Sunday.
"It is always a big game," he told Sky Sports.
"What we do say is the form guide goes out the window, they are playing well and we are playing well
"It is probably one of the biggest games and their win last season sent them on a run and allowed them to pip us, but the way we are playing we are looking for a good result come Sunday."