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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Arsenal v Spurs - 31.10.09

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal
Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          17  4   9   4  21 -23  21
Away          17  1   7   9  15 -28  10
Total(Prem)   34  5  16  13  36 -51  31
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   55 24  12  19  93 -83  63
Away(Div 1)   55 16  12  27  65 -85  46
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
Total(Prem)   34  5  16  13  36 -51  31
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
Grand Total  144 45  40  59 194 -219 140

Last Six Premiership results:-


Man City   4-2   Arsenal
Arsenal    4-0   Wigan
Fulham     0-1   Arsenal
Arsenal    6-2   Blackburn
Arsenal    3-1   B'mingham
West Ham   2-2   Arsenal

Spurs      1-3   Man Utd
Chelsea    3-0   Spurs
Spurs      5-0   Burnley
Bolton     2-2   Spurs
P'tsmouth  1-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Stoke

Pos        P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
3 Arsenal  9  6  1  2 29-13 16  19
4 Spurs   10  6  1  3 21-14  7  19
Do it again Bentley!

Congratulations to David Bentley for winning the Spurs Odyssey voters' man of the match award after our Carling Cup game against Everton! At last, Bentley has made the limelight for the right reasons, after a somewhat moderate year to say the least since he scored his wonder goal at The Emirates' Stadium that gave Spurs the lead in such an eventful Derby game.

The 4-4 draw was played out almost a year ago exactly, and was officially Harry Redknapp's first game in charge, although he did have some input to the preceding win over Bolton. Silvestre and Gallas put the gooners back in front, and Adebayor made it 3-1 after 64 minutes. Darren Bent got one back, but van Persie soon regained the two goal lead, and with minutes to go, that looked like the final score. Many Spurs fans had left before Jenas scored what appeared to be nothing more than a consolation, before Aaron Lennon's almost last second equaliser had Spurs fans dancing in the aisles. At the time, we were still bottom of the Premier League, but hope had been renewed, and a win over Liverpool on the following Saturday started the climb up the table.

Spurs' form in the year since he took control has neared that of Champions League qualifiers, but definitely matched that of a team confidently playing for European football. In recent weeks though we have seen three league defeats, and last week-end's results saw our hated enemy climb above us on goal difference, despite losing a two goal lead at Upton Park. Arsenal still have a game in hand over us too (at home to Bolton), which as far as I know has yet to be re-arranged.

It's a horrible statistic,but one that has to be mentioned, that Spurs have failed to beat Arsenal in 20 Premier League games since November 1999, when Iversen and Tim Sherwood scored two goals in a 2-1 win. Vieira got one back for Arsenal, and a total of 10 players were booked in a frenetic game. The gooners also had two sent off. Ljungberg got a straight red early in the second half, and Keown was sent off late in the game for a second yellow. The only time we managed an away Premier League win against this lot was an end of season match in 1993, when they had a Cup Final to think about, having beaten us in the semi to gain revenge for 1991. Depressing, isn't it?

It is also depressing to report that Arsenal's form this season has been quite scintillating by all accounts. I avoid watching them, although I understand they have an away kit that makes them look like a legitimate North London team! Their only defeats came in Manchester in succesive games. United beat them 2-1, and City doubled that scoreline the following week. The gooners have scored 6 at Goodison Park, 6 at home to Blackburn and 4 at home to Portsmouth and Wigan. The press was in raptures over the "kids" win over Liverpool in this week's Carling Cup game.

Arsenal's only definite absences will be "World Cup Tourist" Walcott, who is three weeks away from fitness, Denilson (5 weeks) and Djourou (not a regular first teamer anyway - 5 months). They cashed in on the sale of Adebayor and Toure to Man City, but haven't missed them due to the form of the likes of Van Persie and their replacement defender Vermaelen. The Belgian was signed from Ajax, and has scored 4 goals in League games already. Van Persie is only one goal ahead of Vermaelen, whilst Fabregas also has four to his name.

The man we stalled over purchasing for the sake of a couple of million quid - Andrei Arshavin - will play his first game against us, but is unlikely to be faced with his Russian team mate, Roman Pavlyuchenko. Peter Crouch is surely likely to partner Keane with Defoe having to serve the last game of his three match ban.

Harry Redknapp announced midweek that Aaron Lennon won't make this game, so that opens the gate for Bentley to start against his old team. If he keeps the form he displayed on Tuesday night that could be exciting. Jonathan Woodgate may also have to sit this one out, due to last week's head injury, but Ledley King will surely be available for this one. Modric is still a week away from fitness, and with Arsenal being experts at fast and precise football, I wonder if Huddlestone will be up to the potential speed of this game. That means Jenas and Palacios for me in the middle, but what do I know?

I've written enough about the team I love to ignore, and of course I'd love to see Spurs beat them on Saturday. As always though, I think we'll be doing well to get our 17th Premier League draw against them, and to be honest I suspect we'll come away with nothing.

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