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Long time coming...

Posted on 16 April 2010  - 12:00

You could excuse Ledley King for wearing a satisfied smile back at Spurs Lodge after the long-awaited win against Arsenal.

Long time coming...

You could excuse Ledley King for wearing a satisfied smile back at Spurs Lodge after the long-awaited win against Arsenal.

Few Spurs fans will need reminding that Wednesday night's 2-1 success at the Lane represented our first league win over the Gunners since 1999.

Our longest serving player having joined the club as a trainee in 1997 before turning professional in 1998, Ledley has suffered more than most at the hands of our nearest rivals.

In fact the centre-back, outstanding on his first start since February 21, pointed out back at the training ground that his last league win against the old enemy was in the youth team back in May, 1998!

"It's been a long time coming," beamed Ledley. "There have been plenty of games down the years when I've thought ‘this is it, we've done it' but they've always managed to get an equaliser or turn the game around and win it.

"I said before that I don't think I've beaten them in the league since I was in the youth team with Crouchy! He scored and we beat them 1-0, that's how long ago it was.

"It was a perfect game for us coming off the back of a disappointing result against Portsmouth. All the lads were right up for it.

"There was no time to reflect on the last performance, just to focus on the next one. The result was the important thing. As I said, I think Arsenal was the right game for us and that we needed the three points. It all worked out for us."

It's now a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire as we follow the North London derby with a another capital cracker against title-favourites Chelsea back at the Lane on Saturday.

"It's another good game for us," added Ledley. "We're at home again, the fans will be on a high and will get behind us again and hopefully we can repeat it.

"It's always a tough game but we've proved in the last few seasons that we can win it at home. The fans are always up for these games, we get tremendous support, they'll be right behind us again and hopefully they can carry us to the win."