Former Arsenal midfielder hoping to hang Jol out to dry

Last updated at 14:47 25 October 2007

Taking pride of place in John Jensen's trophy room hangs a commemorative T-shirt celebrating his only goal for Arsenal.

Tonight the Getafe assistant manager is hoping

to hang Martin Jol out to dry.

The Tottenham boss knows he needs a

win to relieve the pressure on his job, but

Jensen will be sitting in the opposition

dug-out feeling the same desire to beat

Spurs as when he was playing in the

north London derby for Arsenal.

Jensen is assistant to Denmark legend

Michael Laudrup at the unfancied Spanish

side, but he can't wait to pile more

misery on Arsenal's fierce rivals.

He said: “We are playing the worst

opponent, as a former Arsenal player. I'm

really looking forward to going back to

White Hart Lane and hopefully winning

against them.

“I still feel the old rivalry. I talk to old

Arsenal players all the time and my love

of the club is the same.

“It's good to play an opponent when

they are having a bad spell and short of

confidence and while they will be

favourites, we feel that we can do something.

They have conceded a lot of goals

lately and have been a big disappointment

in the Premier League.”

Jensen was a member of the last Arsenal

team to finish below Tottenham in

the Premier League in 1995, but he can't

see Spurs improving on that stat soon.

He added: “In the last 15 years, Arsenal

have always been one or two steps ahead

of them and I think that will continue for

a few more years, especially with Arsene

Wenger still in charge.

“I know there was a lot of talk in the

summer that this would be Spurs' year

to do it, but they have been disappointing,

while Arsenal have done much better

than expected. I can't remember

Tottenham ever finishing above Arsenal

let alone when I was at the club.”

The 42-year-old spent four years at

Arsenal after scoring the second in Denmark's

2-0 win over Germany in the

final of Euro '92, but only found the net

once in the Premier League.

Arsenal printed special shirts to commemorate

his goal in the 3-1 defeat to

QPR in December 1994 and Jensen said:

“I went into the club shop to get the T-shirt

two or three days after they'd gone

on sale but they had already sold out!

"Luckily the man behind the counter

had saved one especially for me and it is

hanging up in the room next to the shirt

I wore in the final against Germany.”

Jensen and Laudrup have lofty managerial


“There are two

leagues we want to manage in, Spain and

England,” added Jensen. “We come as a

pair and we would love to be in charge of

Arsenal one day.” That day may be some

way off though judging by Getafe's terrible

start to the season.

The duo were finally able to celebrate

their first league win since taking charge

of the Madrid-based club in the summer

when they beat Real Murcia 2-0.

Laudrup admitted he and Jensen have

been grateful for the patience shown by

president Angel Torres, especially with

Getafe lying in the same spot as Spurs —

third bottom of the league.

“If we had

been playing badly and

without the style we

want, I would have been

sacked,” said Laudrup.

“If I had been in Italy, where

they only take into account

the results, I would have been

sacked some time ago.

“Whenever I have spoken

with the president, he has

given me his support. But I

know this game and I know that the coach is the first to be sacrificed

if the team do not get out of

their crisis.”

Getafe beat Dutch side FC

Twente in the last round and

midfielder Esteban Granero

knows they have to build on

that performance tonight.

He said: “We know that

Spurs have not started

well, but we also know

that they are a dangerous

team, who have good

players, and that the season is

very long, so we shall see.”

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