Jensen hoping for a happy return

BY foxsports • April 1, 2011

The ex-Denmark international came back to English football as assistant to Blackburn manager Steve Kean in January. He is sure to get a warm welcome from supporters at the Emirates Stadium but the 45-year-old is hoping they are not cheering at the final whistle. Jensen went down in Gunners' folklore during his four-year spell from 1992 as he took 98 games to score his only goal, despite having been on target in the final of the 1992 European Championships immediately prior to his arrival. That solitary strike prompted the printing of "I saw John Jensen score" T-shirts. It is a story Jensen still enjoys retelling but with Rovers just a point from safety and eight matches left to secure their Premier League future, he knows his visit to London will not be a trip down memory lane. "You are always going to enjoy it when you play your former club and I am really looking forward to seeing the Arsenal fans and some of the staff I know - I didn't play with any of the players because it was so long ago," he said. "The fans were great. When you have scored in a European Championship final the fans were looking for a midfielder who would score at least 10 goals in the season and then they bought me. "You would expect the fans would be on your neck shouting and whistling but the respect I got from them was fantastic and even after two years of not scoring a goal they were still shouting my name. "When I eventually scored a goal, even though we lost 3-1, the feeling was amazing when I walked off the pitch. I will always remember that day." However, Jensen's focus now is on contributing to Rovers' relegation battle. Blackburn have won just once since in nine matches, taking five points since January 15. In their last two games the players have shown their fighting spirit, twice recovering from conceding against Fulham before eventually losing 3-2 and then bouncing back from 2-0 down at home to Blackpool to draw. That has given Jensen all the belief he needed that the club will survive. "Every team, including Manchester United and Arsenal, have spells when they are down and we have had our spell," he added. "I know the last couple of games we have only got one point but the attitude and performance of the players has been fantastic and for me that is a turning point. "That is why when we go to London we might get a result down there and then we can start looking upwards. "We just have to have in our minds we have to fight for the place we are in now (13th). "We have seen the commitment in training, the sessions have been world class, and so that is why I am not scared we are going to be down there. "If the training is poor their heads go down and you have a problem and if you haven't won for seven games and you go 1-0 or 2-0 down normally they go 'game over' but it hasn't happened."

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