The midfielder is into his 10th season at the Lane and, buoyed by winning his 30th England cap at the weekend, is determined to put one over the old enemy and claim the scalp of one of the Premiership's big guns.
"It's always difficult game," he said. "You don't get a lot of time on the ball but this season both teams are playing good football so you never know, it could be different.
"Personally I think it will be the same, fiery, but there might not be so much rough and tumble."
Boss Glenn Hoddle has already indicated how important it would be to beat one of the Premiership's top teams after performing well against Chelsea, United, Liverpool and Leeds but losing to all four.
Darren agreed: "There are times when we need to finish teams off but overall we've got to be pleased with what we've done so far, pleased with how we're playing but, of course, we all want to do better.
"The defeats have been very disappointing and we feel we might not have lost most of them."
As for England, Darren said it was 'a nice bonus' to be back on the international albeit as a substitute in Saturday's draw against Sweden.
He added: "It was nice to get another cap after the latest injury. It was a nice bonus for me.
"It's not my natural position but everyone's the same, you would play anywhere for England and you play where your manager tells you to play.
"We'll have to wait and see what happens. I enjoyed the game, great to be back and I'll take it from there."
Darren Anderton knows more than most about north London derbies - and he believes more football could be played when we meet Arsenal for the first time this season on Saturday.