That dominance was rewarded when Robbie Keane tapped home Edgar Davids' cross to open the scoring but eventually Thierry Henry came off the bench to rescue a point for the home side.
"I enjoyed that central role and it was a great performance from the team," reflected Teemu. "In fact, we were disappointed not to win because we played so well in the first half.
"This is a different game. It's a new stadium, new players but we all know how much it means to everyone. I think we are ready.
"We know we have to get close to them because they are a good footballing team, so we have to prepare for that. I think we are confident of getting something from there."
Asked what last season's display would have done for the lads confidence, Teemu added: "Arsenal will know we are not easy to beat and I'm sure they will be watching us in the table."
Teemu Tainio is looking for a repeat of last season's away performance against Arsenal - with the addition of two extra points in the bank!The Finnish international was outstanding in a central midfield role alongside Michael Carrick as we dominated a crucial match against the Gunners - the last derby at Highbury - in April.