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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Arsenal v Spurs, 08.11.15

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal
Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          23  8  10   5  32 -31  34
Away          23  2   8  13  23 -45  14
Total(Prem)   46 10  18  18  55 -76  48
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)   46 10  18  18  55 -76  48
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
Grand Total  156 50  42  64 213 -244 157

Last Six Premier League results:-

Arsenal    -    LWWWWW

Chelsea    2-0   Arsenal
Leicester  2-5   Arsenal
Arsenal    3-0   Man Utd
Watford    0-3   Arsenal
Arsenal    2-1   Everton
Swansea    0-3   Arsenal

Spurs      -    WWDDWW

Spurs      1-0   C. Palace
Spurs      4-1   Man City
Swansea    2-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Liverpool
B'mouth    1-5   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   A. Villa

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Arsenal  11  8  1  2  21-8   13   25
 5. Spurs   11  5  5  1  19-9   10   20

Will we be feeling good tomorrow?

Spurs Odyssey has been around for 17 years now, and I have so rarely had a good feeling about an away game against Arsenal, before or after the game. The 4-4 draw in 2008, and the solitary away win at The Emirates stand out, of course. There have also been a few merited draws as well, but all too often, we have come away with our heads down.

Will it be any different tomorrow? We may revel in the fact that Arsenal have so many players out injured (Bellerin, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky and Welbeck), and that Koscielny is described as having only an 80% chance of starting. We may also enjoy the schadenfreude (so appropriately German and germane!) over their midweek thrashing in Munich.

However, we need to remember that the Arsenal team which knocked us out of this year's League Cup (at our first hurdle) was also weakened by the absence of top-line players such as Ozil and Sanchez (who did come on as a substitute), who will feature tomorrow. Arsenal will be sore about what happened to them on Wednesday, and as always, Mr Wenger will ensure that those who do represent the red-stained section of North London are fired up for this crunch game.

Olivier Giroud has taken full advantage of other absences, and his selection, hitting top-scoring form in his last seven matches for club and country, scoring 7 goals, which included one at home and away against Bayern Munich.

Despite their misfortunes in the Champions League, Arsenal are in even better league form than us, with five consecutive wins, despite some of those injuries. Their last win (3-0 at Swansea) was achieved with neither Walcott or Oxlade-Chamberlain, as they both got injured in Arsenal's 4th round league cup game at Hillsborough, when they did field a weaker team than had played at Tottenham. Costa Rican World Cup star Joel Campbell, who did play in that league Cup game is likely to feature tomorrow. He scored one of the goals at The Liberty Stadium.

Unlike in some previous away encounters, I think we can be sure that Spurs will be fully focussed upon the task in hand. We can dwell on the fact that we did gain a good point here last year, and that we beat them at home. We are only five points behind them, and a win would lead to us being regarded as real top four contenders.

The 1-1 draw last September was achieved with a team captained by Younes Kaboul (who famously scored our 2010 winner), and without Harry Kane, who wasn't even on the bench. Eric Dier was a late substitute (and at full back), and Adebayor (now departed, of course) started. Nacer Chadli had put us in the lead before Oxlade-Chambers latched onto a ball seemingly rebounding left and right into the area.

Now, of course, both Harry Kane and Eric Dier are established, in form, and ready for this game. Harry scored both our goals in the home win in February, and has scored in our last three games, as has Mousa Dembele. The Spurs defence is strong, with Kyle Walker likely to replace Trippier after Thursday night's game, and Danny Rose probably fit to return at left back.

Heung-min Son, who played half an hour on Thursday, will hopefully start. Apparently he was scouted by Arsenal, but Mr Wenger hesitated, before Spurs pounced in the summer. Hopefully, Son will start to add to Spurs' attacking qualities. I don't see how Dembele can be left out in his current form, and I do see how Dele Alli may benefit from a rest for this one. I am sure he will play a part though.

I always approach these games with trepidation, but I have become more and more optimistic this week. I think we might well be feeling good come 6 o'clock tomorrow, but I think that a 1-1 draw is the most likely result.

Tomorrow's match referee is Martin Atkinson. Mr. Atkinson is not particularly liked by either set of fans for various reasons, but we haven't done badly in games he's refereed when we have played Arsenal. Mr. Atkinson was in charge of our February win; our 3-3 home draw in April 2011, and that 4-4 draw back in 2008!

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