Crouch relishing Gunners test

Peter Crouch is looking to help fire Tottenham past Arsenal after netting his first Premier League goal of the season.

The Spurs striker had yet to get off the mark in the league before pouncing on a defensive mistake at the weekend to score in the 4-2 victory over Blackburn at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

But he has still been pleased with his overall form this term, having found the target five times in Europe and contributed several assists.

Crouch said: "I have scored six goals this season and I have been part of another five maybe – that is 11 goals.

"Everyone loves scoring, don’t get me wrong, and I am no different. When you are a striker you get judged on that.

"I have been scoring in the Champions League and my last goal was against Inter Milan – which was only a couple of games ago.

"So, yes, I feel confident that I will score goals and it was pleasing to get one against Blackburn.

"I have been pleased with my performances and the manager would not play me if he did not think I was having an impact."

The next challenge for Tottenham is a North London derby at the Emirates Stadium at lunchtime on Saturday and Crouch is in confident mood.

He does not believe much should be read into Spurs’ 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Gunners in the Carling Cup earlier in the season, insisting the gap between the fierce rivals has narrowed.

"We are looking forward to the game at Arsenal. We are not there yet, but we are certainly a lot closer to them than we have been for a long time," said Crouch.

"They are a top-quality side with a lot of young players. We changed our side around in the Carling Cup when Arsenal won 4-1 but they were fantastic.

"We know that they are a great side but I believe that on our day we can beat anyone.

"If you really want to have a proper impact on the league you have to go to places like Arsenal and pick up points. We have a lot of talent to do that."

Crouch has been included in Fabio Capello’s England squad for the friendly against France on Wednesday, when he will be hoping to continue his fine form at international level.

He added: "I can’t put my finger on why I have scored so many goals for England and in the Champions League.

"I just try to do well for Tottenham and, if that catches the eye of the England manager, then great.

"But if not I am happy doing the business here."