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'Me, again!'

Peter Crouch is relishing his first North London derby - and for good reason!

Peter Crouch is relishing his first North London derby - and for good reason!

The striker is set to lead the forward line against the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday hoping to relive some happy memories he has from games against Arsene Wenger's side.

But first and foremost, the big man admits he is just buzzing with excitement, along with the rest of the squad, about the biggest game of the season so far.

He said: "There's been a bit of a spring in everyone's step this week. It is a special occasion. Fans will tell you that any game they want to win in the entire season is this one. It is a big, big game, a local derby and the one the players are well aware of its importance.

"It would be fantastic to score in that kind of game, I'll take anything - a hat-trick, a diving header in the last minute to win the game - it is what you dream of."

And ‘Crouchy' has every reason to believe his dream might come true if past encounters against our biggest rivals are anything to go by.

"I have got a fair few goals against them. I got a hat-trick when I was at Liverpool in 2007 - left-foot, right-foot and a header so I was pleased with that.

"If you are suffering with confidence problems it's always to nice to whack the DVD on and see that one again. I might pull the DVD out tonight just to refresh my memory!

"It's certainly something that ranks highly for me in my personal achievements. If I could replicate that at the Emirates it would be amazing. I got the ball signed by all the lads and it is pride of place in my home.

"I scored against them at St Mary's too when I was Southampton in 2005. It was a header from a corner and I don't know how that managed to sneak in but it was a good moment as well.

"And one I'll never forget was one at Highbury, a diving header in the Under-19 youth final for Spurs. We won the second leg 1-0 and that was the goal."

Much has been made in the build up to Saturday's game with the two teams seperated by one point in the Barclays Premier League table.

But ‘Crouchy' is only looking for one-upmanship from kick-off onwards, and added: "I don't think we should talk too much about how close we are or if we are on the same level as them.

"They've proved time after time that they are a top four team and I think it is important we do our talking on the pitch and make sure we get as close as possible to them."