Keane can't wait for Gunners
Roy Keane would love to pull on his boots one last time on Sunday as the Sunderland manager renews his rivalry with Arsenal.
The former Manchester United midfielder will be on the touchline at the Emirates Stadium this weekend as he tries to inflict a first defeat of the season on Arsene Wenger's side.
It will be Keane's first clash with the Gunners as a manager but he has plenty of past experience of scrapping with them as a player. He locked horns with Arsenal throughout his time at United as the clubs battled it out for supremacy in the English game.
Keane was famously caught by television cameras having a furious row with Patrick Vieira as United and Arsenal waited in the tunnel before a match at Highbury.
But Keane looks back on his duels with the likes of Vieira and Emmanuel Petit as some of the most memorable moments of his career.
"It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Usually my preparation for a game on a Saturday if we were playing Arsenal would start on the previous Sunday," Keane said.
"Your body just knew you were going to play Arsenal, just psychologically, your body would get ready for it.
"It was the same for all the players, and I am sure it was the same for the Arsenal players.
"Those games were brilliant, absolutely fantastic, the best. United against Arsenal - if you could go back for one game, then that would be the game.
"Both teams were usually fighting it out for the title - it was fantastic. You would give anything to play in one of those games again."
The prospect of knocking Arsenal off the top of the Premier League was exactly the kind of challenge that would have brought out the ferocious competitor in Keane when he was at United.
But he believes there is less passion between rival clubs now because football is so much more of a business.
"It was a brilliant rivalry, the rivalry between the fans, the players, the managers," he said.
"But stuff like that has gone - those rivalries have gone. They still want to beat each other, but there is not that real intensity that there was then.
"The game is changing. It is probably a lot colder. Football is not the game I knew maybe 10 years ago, and that goes for every club."