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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Arsenal, 112.07.20

Last season's game - Spurs 1 Arsenal 1, 02.03.19
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal
Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          27 10  12   5  38 -34  42
Away          28  2  11  15  29 -55  17
Total(Prem)   55 12  23  20  67 -89  59
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)   55 12  23  20  67 -89  59
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
Grand Total  165 52  47  66 225 -257 168

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    DDWLWD
Burnley    1-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Man Utd
Spurs      2-0    West Ham
Sheff Utd  3-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Everton
B'mouth    0-0    Spurs

Arsenal    -    LLWWWD

Man City   3-0    Arsenal
Brighton   2-1    Arsenal
S'hampton  0-2    Arsenal
Arsenal    4-0    Norwich
Wolves     0-2    Arsenal
Arsenal    1-1    Leicester

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 8. Arsenal  34 12 14  8  50-42   8   50 
10. Spurs    34 13 10 11  52-44   8   49 

Play for North London pride Spurs!

After today's games in which Sheffield United beat Chelsea 3-0 to go sixth overnight and Burnley drew at Anfield to overtake Spurs, we find ourselves playing this North London derby match firstly for pride and secondly to be in the best possible position for the run-in for a place in the Europa League. That is our best hope after four consecutive seasons in the Champions League. That is a competition which Arsenal Football Club knows all too well, although like us, they will be hard pushed to do better than Europa League Football next season.

THFC would not allow me the fly the Spurs Odyssey flag in the stadium for these behind closed doors games but it will feature in my match report!

THFC would not allow me the fly the Spurs Odyssey flag in the stadium for these behind closed doors games but it will feature in my match report!

Arsenal are one of four Premier League teams who have already played 6 post-lockdown league matches. Add to that their FA Cup win at Bramall Lane and that makes seven games. The "Gooners" lost their game in hand at The Etihad and then suffered a dramatic end of added time defeat at The Amex to remain two points and two places behind Spurs. They won their third consecutive away game (make that four when you add the FA Cup quarter-final), and now with three wins and a draw they have moved above Spurs.

Relations between the two clubs were not enhanced when the Official Arsenal Twitter account referred to their Sheffield United cup win after our 3-1 league defeat saying, "This is how you win at Sheffield United". At least we can say we did better than Chelsea at Bramall Lane.

Last season's corresponding game was played in front of a massive 81,132 crowd at Wembley. It was our last Premier League game at the National Stadium. It is sad that Arsenal's first visit to our new stadium (originally scheduled for 25th April) has to be played in front of no paying spectators, and in a sterile atmosphere. I sincerely hope our guests do not manage a virgin win at our new stadium.

That Wembley game in March last year was a 1-1 draw. Aaron Ramsey scored his last away goal for Arsenal, and he is now plying his trade in Italy with Juventus, of course. He seems to have made as many appearances off the bench as he has started games so far, so he does not appear to have achieved star status at his new club.

Spurs were grateful for a Harry Kane penalty at Wembley, but even more grateful to skipper Hugo Lloris who saved a poorly taken added time penalty by Aubameyang. If you can get past registration/paywall there is an interesting article here about Kane and Aubameyang.

Our last two games have been drawn, and our last meeting was as long ago as 1st September last year, when we again had Harry Kane to thank for one of our goals. He scored from the spot again five minutes before the break after Christian Eriksen had opened the scoring in the 10th minute. Spurs were two up and we were in dreamland thinking of a first away league win since Younes Kaboul's heroics in November 2010. Lacazette and Aubameyang put paid to such thoughts.

Last week, I made reference to our record against Everton in my match preview. After that game, here is the current list of our records against the five other Premier League ever-present clubs:-

                P   W   D   L    F - A   Pts
1. Everton   - 56  27  21   8   88 - 55 102 
2. Arsenal   - 55  12  23  20   67 - 89  59
3. Liverpool - 56  14  15  27   64 - 95  57
4. Chelsea   - 56   7  19  30   55- 102  40
5. Man Utd   - 56   9  12  35   50 - 94  39

As you can see, after Everton, our record against our nearest rivals compares favourably above that against the other ever-present sides. We have a reasonable record at home against Arsenal, although on Sunday there will be no enthusiastic crowd in the stadium.

David Luiz offered entertainment to non-Arsenal fans in their first post lockdown game against Manchester City when he came off the bench; made a mistake for City's first goal; then gave away the penalty for their second goal and got sent off! Nonetheless, the former Chelsea man has won himself a further one-year contract and played 90 minutes in Arsenal's last three games. Arsenal will be missing 21-year-old Eddie Nketiah who was sent off against Leicester on Tuesday and will now miss three games.

Mikel Arteta has been giving youth plenty of chance and 18-year-old Bukayo Saka scored his first Premier League goal against Wolves. Mesut Ozil hasn't played since lockdown and is not likely to figure here. Goalkeeper Leno was injured in the Brighton game but the rarely used Argentinian Emiliano Martinez has filled in well. Guendouzi also has not featured since that Brighton game when he was involved in an incident with Maupay, but his absence has been down to "club discipline".

In January Arsenal signed 26-year-old Pablo Mari on loan from Brazilian club Flamengo. Pablo plays either left side of central defence or at left back. However, he was injured in that Man City game and has not featured since. Look out for left back Kieran Tierney, who has missed a lot of games through injury but has been involved in all Arsenal's post-lockdown games. Tierney was signed from Celtic in August last year.

Arsenal have reached yet another FA Cup semi-final and it rankles to know they have reached a 30th semi-final (a record equalled by Manchester United) and that in theory they could reach a record 21st final (Manchester United could also do that). Arsenal have won the FA Cup a record 13 times, 8 of which have been won since we last won the cup in 1991. Add to that their haul of three Premier League titles (two doubles in this time) a League cup and a European Cup-Winnersí Cup win (the year before that blissful Nayim moment) in a period when we have won just two League Cup trophies and you have to admit a deserved air of superiority at the wrong end of the Seven Sisters Road.

Dele Alli is still absent with his hamstring issue.Both Japhet Tanganga and Troy Parrott returned to training this week. On form it is hard to predict a Spurs win tomorrow and easy to predict a dreaded away win. However, this is the NLD and you have to hope our players are suitably fired up. I can't offer better than a 1-1 draw prediction.

Our match referee will be Michael Oliver who has not been in the middle for a Spurs game since we lost at Chelsea in February. Mr Oliver has drawn the ire of Spurs fans more recently though as he was fourth official for Thursday's game at Bournemouth when we were denied a legitimate penalty (as admitted by the Premier League). Mr. Oliver was also VAR for our game at Bramall Lane when Harry Kane's "goal" was not allowed because of an "accidental handball" by Lucas Moura.

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