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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Arsenal v Spurs, 24.09.23

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal
Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          31 13  12   6  45 -37  51
Away          31  2  11  18  32 -63  17
Total(Prem)   62 15  23  24  77 -100 68  1.09 Pts per game
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)   62 15  23  24  77 -100 68 
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
Grand Total  172 56  47  70 235 -268 177

Last Six Premier League results:-

Arsenal        -     WWWDWW

Arsenal    5-0    Wolves
Arsenal    2-1    Nottm Fst
C. Palace  0-1    Arsenal
Arsenal    2-2    Fulham
Arsenal    3-1    Man Utd
Everton    0-1    Arsenal

Spurs       -     WDWWWW
Leeds      1-4    Spurs
Brentford  2-2    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Man Utd
B'mouth    0-2    Spurs
Burnley    2-5    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Sheff Utd

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Spurs    5  4  1  0  13-5    8   13
4. Arsenal  5  4  1  0   9-4    5   13

Our biggest test yet!

Arsenal - 01.10.22

Thanks to Cassim Patel for the picture

We travel down the Seven Sisters Road on Sunday for our biggest test yet this season. Both teams have identical records in terms of results. Goal difference gives us the advantage in a fixture being played just one match earlier than that in September 2021, although there are just two days difference in terms of dates. Both Nuno and Conte lost 3-1 on our last two visits, and with the old enemy in good form it's a big ask for us to improve on those results. Realistically, the best I can hope for is a draw. Spurs fans will travel in the hope of a first away league win since November 2010.

Both teams have played and beaten Manchester United by two goals at home this season, but this is a bigger challenge. With Liverpool coming to Tottenham next week, we could do with getting something out of this game.

This is our best 5-game league start since 1965. Guess who we played in our sixth game. Yes, it was Arsenal. We drew. Our results were as follows:-

Date              Team               Pos
Aug 25	Div 1  H  LEICESTER  W	4-2   8	
    27	Div 1  H  BLACKPOOL  W	4-0   4
Sep 01	Div 1  A  LEICESTER  D	2-2   4	
    04	Div 1  A  FULHAM     W	2-0   2	
    08	Div 1  H  LEEDS UTD  W	3-2   1	
    11	Div 1  H  ARSENAL    D	2-2   2

Our goals in the September 1965 game were scored by Frank Saul and Alan Gilzean. Laurie Brown (much maligned at Spurs) gave Arsenal a 10th minute lead with an own goal and Joe Baker put them two up. Co-incidentally, Arsenal had won the previous game at Higbury 3-1 with Baker scoring twice and John Radford getting their opener.

Centre-half Laurie Brown had played for Arsenal before his transfer to Spurs. I recall he sometimes played as an emergency striker. Jimmy Greaves was in his fourth season with Spurs and in the first eight of his nine seasons at The Lane he scored over 20 league goals. In the 65-66 season, his tally was 29 and he already had six to his name when we played Arsenal.

Arsenal were at the time managed by Wolves and England legend Billy Wright, but they were having a barren spell in terms of trophies and finished 14th in the league that season. Their team featured their future eminent coach Don Howe, and a man who would manage both London clubs - Terry Neill. Spurs had been as high as third on New Year's Day 1966, but lost seven of their last thirteen games and finished eighth. With regard to our Septemmber 11th 1965 draw, Roy Low became our first ever used substitute when he replaced Derek Possee.

Arsenal were the first team we played twice in the Premier League last season. It is disappointing to record the fact they beat us in both games, the first time this has happened since 2013-14. Mikel Arteta captained Arsenal on that occasion in March 2014. Our previous home league defeat against the "gooners" had been in September, 2007.

Last season Arsenal also became the fourth Premier League team to score 100 Premier League goals against us, meaning four of the five other ever-presents in the Premier League have achieved this feat. We are two goals away from scoring 100 against Everton.

Arsenal, who had been strong favourites for the league title for so much of last season, faltered towards the end, finally conceding the title to Manchester City when they lost to Nottingham Forest in their penultimate game. City, who beat Arsenal 4-1 on 26th April, won their seventh Premier League trophy with three games to spare.

Arsenal still finished with their highest points tally since they won the league in 2003-04. Arsenal spent 248 days at the top of the table, the most for a team not to win the title.

Arsenal had a comfortable return to Champions League football this week with a 4-0 home win over PSV Eindhoven. The fourth goal was scored in the 70th minute and Mikel Arteta had the luxury of being able to substitute five of his top players at an early stage.

One of the scorers was Gabriel Jesus, who is back to full fitness. Saka, Trossard and captain Odegaard scored the other goals. Arsenal's strengthening began after our last meeting on 15th January when they signed Leandro Trossard from Brighton for 21 million. They were also chasing Brighton's Caicedo, but as they wouldn't sell (at the time) Arsenal settled for Chelsea's Italian international Jorginho for 12 million.

The highest profile summer signing was of course West Ham's Declan Rice for the sum of 100 million plus up to 5 million add-ons. England International Rice has now played Champions League football for the first time.

An interesting deal was the signing of Spanish goalkeeper David Raya on a season-long loan from Brentford with the option to make the move permanent. Raya, 27, will provide competition for England keeper Aaron Ramsdale and has taken the number 22 shirt. He has also signed a new two-year contract with Brentford to ensure the deal could be completed quickly. Raya has played the last two games.

24-year-old Kai Havertz was signed from Chelsea for 65 million and 22-year-old Netherlands defender Jurrien Timber from Ajax for 34m. Timber has a knee injury which required surgery.

Departing players included Xhaka, Balogun and Pepe. Pepe had been a club record signing but joined Turkish side Trabzonspor on a free transfer, ending a disappointing three-year spell at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners, who paid 72m to sign the Ivory Coast winger from Lille in 2019, agreed to terminate his contract.

The news this week that Ivan Perisic suffered a complex ACL injury in a non-contact training field incident comes as a severe blow. Perisic will most likely miss the rest of the season. He hadn't started any of our Premier League games, but in 103 minutes over 5 substitute appearances, Ivan had two assists, including the cross for Richarlison's header last week. Last season Ivan had 12 assists across all competitions, which was more than any other Spurs player.

This game should be high octane entertainment. I think a draw would be a great result. One area we need to be wary of is the fact that Arsenal have scored 16 goals from corners in the Premier League since the start of last season, more than any other side. The game kicks off at 2pm on Sunday and is being televised in the UK by SKY SPORTS.

Match referee Rob Jones has been in the middle for one of each of the first five rounds of Premier League games this season. Although this will be only his fourth Spurs game, Mr Jones is clearly a man in favour with those who appoint officials, as he has been given this high profile game. This is his second Spurs game of the season, having been in charge of our 2-2 draw at Brentford on the opening weekend.

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