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TEEMU ON DERBY DATE

Posted on 27 October 2005  - 12:00

As a Spurs supporter since childhood, Teemu Tainio is naturally excited over the prospect of sampling the atmosphere of his first North London Derby encounter.

As a Spurs supporter since childhood, Teemu Tainio is naturally excited over the prospect of sampling the atmosphere of his first North London Derby encounter.

The Finland international has been absent for our last couple of games with a knee problem but reports he is back in training and fit and ready for selection for when Arsenal roll up at the Lane on Saturday for the 1pm kick-off.

I had a little problem with my knee but it is okay now," revealed Teemu in what is a case of perfect timing ahead of the big game. "I trained properly for the first time with the team on Tuesday and everything feels good - I am back!

"Of course, if you are a Spurs supporter you always want to beat Arsenal. It is a big game and a lot of my friends are coming to watch it - I am looking forward to it.

"I played against Arsenal twice in the Champions League when I was in France and we beat them at Highbury so that was a nice feeling."

Teemu admitted that from a distance in Finland he did not actually realise the emotions this game stirs up among the fans.

"No, I knew it was a big game but I can now see how big it is - you don't realise how important it is when you live far away.

"Everybody is talking about it and you can see what it means to the supporters and people at the club. There are three points available, that is what we are looking for with us playing at home and we are looking to do it.

"It is always a great atmosphere in the stadium and the supporters are really good with us. I can't wait to hear what the atmosphere will be like on Saturday for this game."