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LEE READY FOR NEXT CHALLANGE

Posted on 31 October 2005  - 12:00

It hasn’t taken long for Lee Young-Pyo to understand the importance of Saturday’s derby clash against Arsenal.

It hasn’t taken long for Lee Young-Pyo to understand the importance of Saturday’s derby clash against Arsenal.

The South Korean international and summer signing from PSV Eindhoven is one of a number of players gearing up for their first taste of this famous North London affair.

I know this is a massive game,†said Young-Pyo. “I’ve had experience of playing Arsenal in the Champions League. I know they are a very strong team but I also know about the relationship between Arsenal and Spurs.

“I think our mood is good going into this game and it’s also a home game for us so we have to look for a win.

It’s a great chance for us and we want to get a point or three points to stay high in the table

“The most important thing is our mentality because this is a special match.â€Â

Young-Pyo is not unfamiliar with high stakes matches though. “With PSV in Holland it was Ajax or Feyenoord and when I played for my national team South Korea against Japan is a very big game. That is a big derby!

“I’ve played in different derbies and this is another new experience in the Premiership.

“When I play against North Korea I never think of it as a big rivalry, Japan is the big one. I’ve played twice against Japan and we’ve won one and drawn one, so that’s okay!â€Â