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Posted on 31 October 2005  - 12:00

Ledley King is seeking a first when Arsenal visit the Lane on Saturday - a welcome first win in the North London Derby.

Ledley King is seeking a first when Arsenal visit the Lane on Saturday - a welcome first win in the North London Derby.

The skipper has featured in nine of the occasions since breaking through into the first team from our Academy and goes along with the thinking that his tenth Derby outing will provide the opportunity to measure the progress made by the team in what is looking a promising season so far.

"It is always a massive game and it is going to be interesting because it is a chance for us to see where we are this season," he considered. "After getting a point at Old Trafford it is important we don't slip up and, being at home, we must take the game to them.

"I haven't won one of these games and now would be a good time to start. It would be great for confidence but, at the same time, we are not getting carried away. There has been a bit of stuff in the papers saying we look stronger than Arsenal at the moment and we mustn't be taken in by that.

"I don't think Arsenal will need any added motivation for these games anyway, but we have been doing well and maybe they will be looking to put one over us more than they have done over the last couple of years. It is going to be tough."

We realise they have got great players and will punish us if we get complacent

With our current crop of players, the longest serving player feels the team are in a better position than before to gather the points this time around.

"We have got a young squad and the confidence is high. We feel we can get results at the moment and this is the best I've felt being part of a team going up against them.

"We've learned a lot from last season and you can maybe tell at this early point that we have wised up a little bit. We've got a belief that, if we go a goal down, the game is not over by a long way. We've managed to pick up points when we've gone behind, which we didn't do last season."

Meanwhile, looking back to last season's 5-4 reverse at the Lane, Ledley recalled how the team were pegged back when 1-0 going into the break - a leveller from Thierry Henry that very much changed the course of the game and emphasised the need for concentration from start to finish.

"I remember the goal well. Henry got away from me a little bit and it can happen just like that. The second half was a bit crazy but, if we had gone in 1-0 up, it could have been a totally different game.

"We realise they have players who can punish us, we have been caught on the counter attack by them plenty of times over the last few years. We've got to make sure it doesn't happen this time."