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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal
Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          18  5   9   4  23 -24  24
Away          18  1   7  10  15 -31  10
Total(Prem)   36  6  16  14  38 -55  34
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)   36  6  16  14  38 -55  34
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
Grand Total  146 46  40  60 196 -223 143

Last Six Premiership results:-


Arsenal    2-1   B'mingham
Man City   0-3   Arsenal
Arsenal    1-0   West Ham
Arsenal    0-1   Newcastle
Wolves     0-2   Arsenal
Everton    1-2   Arsenal

Fulham     1-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Everton
Man Utd    2-0   Spurs
Bolton     4-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   S'derland
Spurs      4-2   Blackburn

Pos         P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
2 Arsenal  13  8  2  3 26-12  14  26
7 Spurs    13  5  4  4 18-17   1  19
Take the game to them, Spurs!

Last year's game at The Emirates Stadium was not a pleasant affair. As usual, we had travelled in hope, but in the space of only seconds, those hopes had faded to nothing as Van Persie scored in the 42nd minute, and then from the kick-off Wilson Palacios lost possession to Arsenal skipper Fabregas who raced away to put the game beyond Spurs in a flash. You don't want to let Fabregas score, as he is one of only three Premier League players who have never lost a Premier League game in which they have scored. (The other two are Chelsea's Kalou and Villa's James Milner). Van Persie put the game well beyond Spurs' reach on the hour with his second goal, whilst Spurs' defence stood still thinking the referee would blow for a foul by Ekotto on Eduardo. The referee allowed "play-on", and Spurs failed to play to the whistle. The referee was Mark Clattenburg. Spot any trends there, did you?

That defeat more or less put paid to my use of the Arsenal name in memory of our 2008 Carling Cup 5-1 win.

The return match on St. Hotspur Day in April has better memories for us, as the presencee of Mr Clattenburg as referee could not prevent Spurs beating our old enemy in the league for the first time this century. The game featured Danny Rose's spectacular volley, and Gareth Bale's first goal for the club since September 2007. Bale scored three days later against Chelsea, and has since made quite a habit of scoring and/or starring in Spurs games.

The last time we played Arsenal in November was on Saturday 13th November 2004 when we witnessed a sensational match of 9 goals. Unfortunately, the score fell in favour of the visitors by the odd goal in those 9! At the time, I described the match as an "unreality zone". It was only 1-1 at half-time and Naybet had given us the lead before Henry equalised just before the break. The score went 1-2, 1-3, 2-3, 2-4, 3-4, 3-5, 4-5 in a second half of 7 more goals. Spurs never had the lead again, and overall, it was not a memorable day for home fans.

This was not the last time Spurs scored 4 goals against the gooners though. Two years ago in October 2008, Spurs went to The Emirates, and were 4-2 down with minutes remaining. Unforgettably, Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon scored the goals that ensured we left the stadium with a s mile on our faces after all!

Jermaine Jenas has generally played well against Arsenal. He scored in that 4-4 game, and I also remember a late, late equaliser at home in April 2007. Jenas scored at home and away in our 2008 Carling Cup semi-final, and has been in good form recently. With Tom Huddleestone out for three months, it looks as if Jenas will get a prolonged run in the team if he can maintain that form.

The whole Spurs team will need to be on song for this game. Every year we hope that we will witness some sort of demise of our enemies, but despite moderate spending in the transfer windows of the last two years, Arsene Wenger keeps producing winning teams. Like it or not, they are very much in the title chase, especially after Chelsea's loss at home to Sunderland. Chelsea are missing vital players, whilst Arsenal have very few injury worries. This game is being played on the back of two successive away wins, and some good form on Wednesday night for Arsenal's French Internationals against England. Nasri in particular has been in excellent form, as shown in our home Carling Cup defeat in September, in which Arsenal fielded a very strong side against an uncompetitive Spurs line-up.

Despite their second place in the league, Arsenal's home form has not been so good, and they will be seeking to put their defeat against Newcastle on the back-burner, as well as responding to the usual desire and motivation to beat Spurs. In the preceding two home games, Arsenal made heavy weather of beating Birmingham and West Ham.

I think, and hope that Spurs will take the game to our opponents this week. It could be an exciting end to end game, if Modric, Van der Vaart and Bale can venture well into the Arsenal half of the field of play. Gallas of course will be inspired, and maybe has been able to give our boys a few tips. Having failed in my prediction that Jermain Defoe might have a part to play, he relly might make the bench this week, but I suspect the starting line-up will be Van der Vaart behind Crouch, whilt the right wing berth could be up for grabs if Lennon is still not fit. Mind you, the information from Physio is that Bentley, Keane, Lennon King and Defoe may all be available for selection to the squad this week.

Let's just hope that we do see a good competitive game, and that Spurs can give the gooners, and Sky TV something to think about. The best I can realistically hope for though is a draw, and I think we may see a 2-2.

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