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I can't wait - JJ

Posted on 29 October 2009  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas admits he's counting down the hours to the big one at Arsenal on Saturday.

I can't wait - JJ

Jermaine Jenas admits he's counting down the hours to the big one at Arsenal on Saturday.

Our first North London derby of the Barclays Premier League campaign kicks-off at the Emirates Stadium at 12.45pm.

The contrast could hardly be greater to our last visit to N5 just over a year ago - October 29, 2008 - when we were bottom of the table before playing out that memorable 4-4 draw.

This time around the teams are sitting level on 19 points with Arsenal third on goal difference.

"It's one of the biggest game of the season - if not the biggest," said JJ, who has a fine recent record against Arsenal and will be fit again after a calf strain ruled him out against Everton on Tuesday.

"It's a completely different game, a completely different atmosphere. I can't wait for the game, it's exciting.

"I love playing in this game so much and when I'm at the end of my career, it's something I'll look back on and will be the biggest thing I miss, I'm sure."

JJ was quick to pay tribute to both sides for the nature of the matches in recent seasons. Indeed, the last 10 North London derbies have seen 38 goals scored and last season's goalless draw at the Lane was the first in 11 years!

He added: "It's our local derby, we all enjoy it and it's between two good footballing sides as well, a lot of good football is played in these games.

"We expect big things of ourselves. Maybe there was a time when we'd just hope for a result, but we expect now, no matter where we go. We expect to get results and Arsenal is no different."