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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal

Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          15  4   8   3  20 -20  20
Away          15  1   6   8  10 -22   9
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Total(Prem)   30  5  14  11  30 -42  29
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   55 24  12  19  93 -83  63
Away(Div 1)   55 16  12  27  65 -85  46
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Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
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Total(Prem)   30  5  14  11  30 -42  29
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
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Grand Total  140 45  38  57 188 -210 138
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs

Spurs      2-1   Man City
S'derland  1-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-3   Everton
Spurs      4-0   Derby
Man Utd    1-0   Spurs
Fulham     3-3   Spurs

Arsenal

Arsenal    1-1   Chelsea
P'tsmouth  0-0   Arsenal
Arsenal    2-1   Fulham
Blackburn  1-1   Arsenal
Arsenal    1-0   Man City
Arsenal    3-1   P'tsmouth

Pos        P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
 2 Arsenal 4  3  1  0  7-3   4  10
14 Spurs   5  1  1  3  8-8   0   4

Last Five Corresponding Fixtures

Spurs 2 Arsenal 2 (Jenas scores a last gasp equaliser!
Spurs 1 Arsenal 1 (Carrick & Jenas control midfield in first half)
Spurs 4 Arsenal 5 (Spurs fans prefer to forget this one!
Spurs 2 Arsenal 2 (Gooners secure title at The Lane)
Spurs 1 Arsenal 1 (Ziege's free kick)

Time to deliver

The Premier League is back at last after one of those awful two week breaks for International Football. With the transfer window closing before this break, it has been more unbearable than a lot of the close season, if like me, you get more enthused about your club's results than those of your Country.

What a game it is too for Spurs fans to savour! You either love them or hate them (the game that is - we all hate the gooners!), and I say it for the umpteenth time this century - that it is time for Spurs to deliver a victory over our mortal enemies. Such a result is crucial to the pride of the right end of North London; to Spurs progress in the League; and not least to the career of Martin Jol, who sadly has looked and sounded like a hunted man due to the events of recent weeks.

We started the season with hopes of kicking our rivals out of the top four, but there they sit in second place, and they've only played 4 games to our 5. The gooners' game at Newcastle had to be put back whilst they (sadly) qualified for the Champions League at the expense of Sparta Prague. Incidentally, our UEFA Cup opponents from last year - Slavia Prague also qualified for the elite European competition.

We all chuckled at the departure of Thierry Henry to Barcelona, but then we checked our archives and realised that he didn't play in one of the four games between the sides last year. How many of those games did we win? You know the answer.

Arsene Wenger has signed a new three year contract, and allegedly all is well at the other end of the Seven Sisters Road, despite former Director David Dein profiting to the tune of some 75 million and maybe worming his way back into a powerful position in the hierarchy.

Still - why should we care about them? They will travel to The Lane with a team that will play in their usual fashion, with skill and at pace, and missing only the suspended Senderos. Gallas may return to breach that gap in the Arsenal defence. Enough about our hated enemy.

For Spurs the team news sounds promising with Darren Bent fit and raring to go. Maybe he will get a chance too, with both Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane perhaps a little jaded after playing a full part in two International games. Berbatov scored two for Bulgaria on Wednesday night though and was clearly in sharp form, whereas club vice-Captain Robbie Keane scored two for his country in August, but has yet to score for his club in nearly 400 minutes of Premier League football this season. Defoe will be sharp, and has the pace to combat the Arsenal players.

Martin Jol will have other welcome choices, with Aaron Lennon apparently in the mix this week. (Mind you they said that about the Fulham game and he did not appear even on the bench) Michael Dawson will be available too, and Ledley King will be the only significant absentee.

So, it's time for more bold choices from Martin Jol; for adventurous and confident play, and a win! I've had enough of a late equaliser being the measure of our success in this fixture, and I'll be bold too. I'll take Spurs to win in a relatively high-scoring game. There'll be three or more goals and Spurs will score most of them!

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