JERMAINE PENNANT, the youngest ever player to pull on a first team shirt for Arsenal, is hoping to boost his Premiership hopes with Arsenal and help Watford to join us in the top flight.

Pennant is currently on loan at First Division Watford and made his debut for Gianluca Vialli's side last weekend against Rotherham. Having impressed in that match he was due to play again for the Hornets against Millwall on Tuesday night.

Pennant said: "I'm going to produce as much as I can. That's what Luca got me here for, to get his side some goals and to get a promotion place.

"Arsène Wenger wants me to get some first team experience and build my strength in first team football and go back to Arsenal a stronger player.

"For the first 10 minutes on my Watford debut I was a bit shaky, but I got into it and after that I was cruising. The whole idea is to come here and get experience.

"Watford's a great club, Vialli's a great manager, and it would be nice to see Watford get into the play-offs.

"If they did get into the play-offs they'd have to recall me and it would be nice to help Watford get into the Premiership with Arsenal."

Pennant is not alone at Watford, of course, where is has joined old Highbury friends Paolo Vernazza, Stephen Hughes and David Noble.

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15 Jan 2002