Birmingham City midfielder Sebastian Larsson has set his sights on returning to Arsenal to haunt boss Arsene Wenger and complete a north London double for Alex McLeish's side.

Larsson was with the Gunners before making a permanent move to St Andrew's last season after an initial loan spell.  The Swedish international revealed he received supportive text messages from some of the Arsenal players after scoring a last-minute winner against Tottenham last month in McLeish's first match in charge.

Larsson has a lot of respect for Wenger, who recently admitted it had been a difficult decision to offload him and Fabrice Muamba to Blues, but wants to return home with a tangible reward from Saturday's clash at the Emirates Stadium.

He said: "It's obviously very nice to hear Arsene Wenger say complimentary things. I had a chat with him when I first went out on loan to Birmingham and he said something similar to me then.

"He told me that I was not exactly there at that moment but he believed that I could be in the future. It's nice if he thinks that you've got talent and you can progress and become a good player because he's got a big eye for talent.

"But now I'm here and playing for Birmingham I'll be doing my best to go back to haunt him. Hopefully I can have a happy handshake from him after we've got something from the game.

"I received a few texts from the some of Arsenal lads after our win at White Hart Lane because they were happy that Tottenham lost and happy that I scored.

"That was a great trip to north London, a great start under the new manager, and a repeat of that would be the perfect scenario for me."

Larsson is certainly not daunted by the prospect of facing the league leaders as Blues look to pull off another surprise result.
He said: "The only time I had the chance to play there was in Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial (against Ajax) and then I went on loan to Birmingham.

"It is a brilliant stadium and people say it's difficult going to places like that - and it is - but that's why we want to be in this league.

"You want to play against the leading sides, the Chelseas, Manchester Uniteds and Arsenals - so it will be a great challenge."
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