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JJ relishing derby

Posted on 21 September 2010  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas would love to continue a wonderful habit tonight - scoring against Arsenal.

JJ relishing derby

Jermaine Jenas would love to continue a wonderful habit tonight - scoring against Arsenal.

The midfielder has notched four goals on huge occasions against the Gunners in his five years at the Lane.

Those goals include key strikes in both legs of the League Cup semi-final in 2008, including opening the scoring in the memorable 5-1 second leg win that took us to Wembley.

That wonderful night was arguably his best game for the club, when he also claimed assists for another three goals.

He also scored a last-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at the Lane and curled home a beauty for 4-3 as we completed that famous comeback from 4-2 to 4-4 at the Emirates.

"I really relish these games against Arsenal," said JJ, who returned so impressively to the side in Werder Bremen and held onto his place against Wolves on Saturday.

"They are always feisty affairs, the fans are always up for it and you can’t beat a local derby.

"As my Tottenham career has gone on, the goals just seem to come against Arsenal and hopefully, if I’m involved tonight, I can find myself in the right place at the right time to score again.

“Where I live I always see the odd Arsenal fan and in the build up to these games they’re always saying to me 'don’t you dare score'.

"If you’re going to have a team that you tend to score against, as a Tottenham player you couldn’t get anyone better than Arsenal!"

Of all the derby memories, the 5-1 win stands out for JJ. "It was a great night, a fantastic occasion for the club and everyone involved with it,” he recalled.

"The year before we played them in the last four again but they beat us, so to turn it around in such amazing circumstances and win 5-1 was special.

"To then go on and beat Chelsea in the final was just the stuff of dreams."

Read JJ's interview in full in tonight's official matchday programme...


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