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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Arsenal, 07.02.15

Last Season's Corresponding Game - Spurs 0 Arsenal 1
This Season's away game - Arsenal 1 Spurs 1
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal
 
Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          22  7  10   5  30 -30  31
Away          23  2   8  13  23 -45  14
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Total(Prem)   45  9  18  18  53 -75  45
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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)   45  9  18  18  53 -75  45
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
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Grand Total  155 49  42  64 211 -243 154
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs     -    WDWLWW

Leicester  1-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Man Utd
Spurs      5-3   Chelsea
C. Palace  2-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   S'derland
West Brom  0-3   Spurs

Arsenal   -    WWLWWW

Arsenal    2-1   QPR
West Ham   1-2   Arsenal
S'hampton  2-0   Arsenal
Arsenal    3-0   Stoke
Man City   0-2   Arsenal
Arsenal    5-0   A. Villa

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
5. Arsenal  23 12  6  5  44-25  19   42
6. Spurs    23 12  4  7  35-30   5   40

We can do this!

Arsenal might be in an even better run of form than Spurs, and September's drawn game at The Emirates might have ended a run of three consecutive defeats to our hated rivals, but we can win this game tomorrow!

September's drawn game saw a spirited performance from a Spurs team that was somewhat different in composition than that we should see tomorrow. Mauricio Pochettino describes this time for Spurs as a "key moment", and he must surely be reminding his players of their success on New Year's Day against Chelsea. That was a win against Mourinho's best side, and one which was totally deserved.

That Chelsea win was achieved with a Spurs team containing no less than five graduates of the Academy - Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Townsend and Kane. All five could feature tomorrow, with Nabil Bentaleb back from Africa Cup of Nations duties, and ready to start. All five have played Arsenal at the various levels through their Academy and Development squad years. All five bear the passion and desire to beat the "old enemy", which I have seen in the past.

Danny Rose put himself on the map with his very first senior Spurs goal against Arsenal in our 2-1 win on 14th April, 2010 (Saint Hotspur Day), and will play with total passion tomorrow.

Having come to attention with a cracking decisive Capital One Cup goal against Nottingham Forest, Ryan Mason was put into the front line against Arsenal on September 27th. Mason didn't disappoint, and hasn't let us down in 15 league starts since. Nabil Bentaleb was only a late substitute in that game, but (for example) played against Arsenal under-21s at home and away a couple of seasons ago, and relished scoring the winner against them in the away game!

Andros Townsend didn't get off the bench in September, but if called upon, would certainly be cool from the penalty spot, from which all his Spurs goals have been scored this season. Harry Kane didn't feature at all at The Emirates, but he will be first choice tomorrow, and we all know what he can do. His playing record this season is littered with goals at club and under-21 International level.

Pochettino has a fully fit squad to pick from, whereas Arsene Wenger does have enforced absences, including that of top scorer Alexis Sanchez, who has a hamstring problem. "Smoking" Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be missing. Another smoker and much-hated figure at Tottenham, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been playing second fiddle to Colombian keeper Ospina in recent games. Ospina, and his defence have kept four consecutive clean sheets, which included an impressive 2-0 win at The Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City badly missed Ya-Ya Toure, another key player away in Africa.

23 year old midfielder Francis Coquelin was called back from a loan with Charlton in December, and has caught the eye in recent Arsenal games. Cazorla is back in form, as well as Ozil. Theo Walcott, who won't get a great welcome from the Spurs fans he cheekily signalled in January last year, has yet to play 90 minutes since his return from a long absence. That absence came, of course, after he was injured and carried off in last year's FA Cup defeat. Walcott scored last week, when Villa rolled over at The Emirates, and will offer a keen contest to Danny Rose. Giroud will surely be the Arsenal front man, and is their second highest scorer this season.

Spurs and Arsenal have been jostling for fifth place in recent weeks, with Arsenal marginally holding the upper hand. Having never finished below Tottenham, Wenger will have instilled confidence into his team that they can win, and go on to claim what they have come to regard as "their" Champions League place.

Arsenal players have always seemed to fully comprehend the importance of this game to the fans. Spurs have not always played as if they have that same understanding. However, the five former Academy men, and the core of Tottenham's squad will surely understand the full significance of this game, not only for our hopes of finishing above Arsenal, but the bigger ambition of claiming a top four spot.

I'm backing my boys to win tomorrow, and will go for a 2-1. COME ON YOU SPURS!

Tomorrow's match referee is Martin Atkinson, who we last saw at Swansea in January last year, when we won. He last refereed a Spurs game against Arsenal in April, 2011, when we drew 3-3. Mr. Atkinson was also in charge the day we snatched a 4-4 draw at The Emirates in October, 2008!

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

On February 5th 10 years ago, Mido made a winning debut for Spurs

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