We make the short trip to the Emirates for a 12.45pm kick-off against the old enemy in the Barclays Premier League.
JJ has painful memories – literally – of Arsenal’s new home.
He returned from injury for our first visit to the Emirates in December last season only to fracture his ankle late in the game, an injury that sidelined him for eight weeks.
It hasn’t been all doom and gloom though – JJ was fighting fit at the end of the season and his late, late strike against Gunners at the Lane grabbed a vital point towards finishing fifth and qualifying for Europe again.
JJ reflected: “I’ve been at the Emirates twice and fractured my ankle the first time when I came on at half-time and then in the semi-final of the Carling Cup I got injured again.
“Those have been the low points but I’ve also banged in an equaliser in the final minutes at the Lane and that was the best feeling I’ve ever had in football. Hopefully I’ll have a few more like that, starting on Saturday.”
JJ reflected the mood of the camp after when he insisted he couldn’t wait for Saturday’s showdown, confidence on the up and up after three fine wins in a little over a week against Manchester City, Portsmouth and then Tuesday night’s Carling Cup quarter-final success at City.
“It’s a tough game at the Emirates and we know they are playing well, but this is a local derby and anything can happen - these are not like normal games,” he said.
“It will be full-blooded, the games mean so much and they are so enjoyable to play in. It’s not just a regular week in the Premier League. It will be a big test but we’re on a good run of form and go into it feeling positive.
“We know as a team how good we are so we go there quietly confident.”
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Jermaine Jenas is hoping lady luck is looking his way when we face Arsenal on Saturday.