When Nigel plays them he surely has a slight dilemna inasmuch as he has been a gooner for the past 15 or so years and old habits die hard. Despite his potential loyalty off the pitch to our North London rivals, it is clear that when he steps on the pitch in claret and blue, he will give 100% - whoever the opponents are.
As West Ham travel to Highbury tonight, Glenn is faced with a few dilemnas of his own - not least who to put at left back. Nigel has seemingly been the number one choice for most of the season, and Vladimir Labant hasn't settled in completely yet - and a match such as this is no place for a player not ready for it!
Nigel - with the added bonus of his extensive knowledge of the opponents is therefore the obvious choice for Glenn, but Nigel isn't counting his chickens:
"I don't even know if I will be playing so I am not looking forward that much but I will be banging on Glenn's door again and I was delighted he put me back in the team on Saturday," he told the club's site. "Hopefully he will play me on Wednesday but it is not just about myself, it is about the team and we want to get the points.
"I can't start telling people what to do, all I can do is give 100% in every game and hopefully that will be enough to get me selected this week. It is just coincidence that this next game is against Arsenal and it is something I am looking forward to, but not taking for granted by any means."
He was pleased last year to receive such a rapturous reception from his old fans, and I'm sure Glenn will allow him to play tonight as a good send off - although sentimentality doesn't rate that highly on a Premiership manager's mind.
"When I went back last year I had a fantastic reception, and it is every player's ambition to go back to their club and get that because it is always nice to leave on good terms, so hopefully if I am involved that will happen again."
Regarding Glenn's decision to let him go in the summer, it is obvious that Nigel is a bit upset at the prospect of leaving - even more so because of the fact that he has been such a major part of the team recently.
"I'd rather stay at West Ham, but decisions are decisions - and don't get changed. If I hadn't been in the side for four months I don't think I would have been disappointed, but when I feel as good as I do, I must admit there is a frustration on my part.
"The main thing, though, is to keep at it for West Ham and see what happens in the summer."
|No of times player scored first||0|
|West Ham||22 Jun 2000||N/A|
|Arsenal||26 May 1987||£ 407000|
|Wimbledon||22 Sep 1983||Free Tfr|
|Oxford||1 Aug 1983||Free Tfr|
|Birmingham||14 Aug 1981||Trainee|