Former Spurs star Jermaine Jenas says he would never play for Arsenal

Jermaine Jenas

The former England international has made it clear he would never play for The Gunners.

Arsenal v Tottenham is one of the more vitriolic rivalries in the Premier League. The North London derby is always one of the more hotly anticipated fixtures of the season and this rivalry means not many footballers have played for both.

Of course there is the odd exception. Perhaps most notably would be Sol Campbell, who swapped Spurs for Arsenal in a controversial Bosman deal that is still unforgiven by the Tottenham faithful.

Others have gone the other way. David Bentley once played for Arsenal but went on to play for Tottenham later in his career.

But one player who would never have played for both is Jermaine Jenas, according to the man himself.

The former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder was answering questions on Facebook yesterday, after being introduced as the new face of BBC Sport.

Among confirming he has not retired and that he would like a return to Nottingham Forest he said this about potentially ever playing for Arsenal:

"After playing for Tottenham? Naaaah. I've got a mother-in-law who's a big Spurs fan and I don't think I'd be allowed back in the house to be honest with you! There'd be no Sunday dinners for a long time, I tell you that!

"I know guys that have done it in the past, but I spent seven or eight years at Tottenham and sometimes you really have to just respect certain things that have happened in your career and doing something like that just erases it."

Although, despite Arsenal making a shock signing in Kim Kallstrom last winter, we doubt that JJ will be getting the call from Wenger any time soon.

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