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North London Derby: Why WE Already Know the Score

It’s that time of the season again. Time to face North London rivals Spurs again and I hate to say it, they are looking good again.

However, after giving Everton a good stuffing last Saturday, I feel quite optimistic about our chances at Wembley.

With a rich history of competition between the two, we have looked at a number of factors that could determine which way the three points are headed (if at all).

Fatigue

A simple first point this one but the fact is that we have not played since Saturday and Spurs by virtue of only drawing with Newport County in the FA Cup, had to play their replay on Wednesday night meaning less recovery time.

Granted, Kane and a number of the likely starting eleven against the Gunners were on the bench, but the game was still a distraction the lilywhites could have done without.

First goal to the Gunners!

Tottenham 0 Arsenal 1

Head to head

In the last fourteen meetings between the two in all competitions, Tottenham have only beaten Arsenal three times.

Wenger and co have claimed seven wins in that time with the remaining four ending in a share of the spoils.

The Gunners have of course already beaten Spurs in the league this season in the reverse fixture in November when Sanchez and Mustafi netted for a 2-0 win giving Arsenal another clear strike in the head to heads.

Tottenham 0 Arsenal 2

Recent form

Tottenham pull a goal back in this one as they boast an unbeaten league record in their last five.

Two wins and three draws has hardly set the world alight but it does beat our record of two wins, one draw and two defeats.

Tottenham have taken nine points in the last five with the Gunners taking seven, although neither side has really been able to take advantage of Chelsea’s dip in form.

Tottenham 1 Arsenal 2

Transfers

Losing Sanchez was an inevitable blow but the Chilean has not quite started life at Old Trafford with a bang as expected.

Bringing in Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has given the side a new lease of life with Aubameyang already finding the back of the net and the Armenian providing three assists.

Mesut Ozil signing a contract extension was also a coup for the club and it means surprisingly, Wenger has had one of his better transfer windows.

(Ozil’s signed a new contract)

Tottenham made the equally impressive signing of out of favour PSG attacker Lucas Moura making it a potential stalemate in the transfer window.

Tottenham 1 Arsenal 2

Home and away performance

This is a concern for the Gunners has away day performances have been decidedly average. In fact, Arsenal sit ninth in the season’s away table having picked up thirteen points on the road this season (the same amount as Bournemouth).

By contrast, Spurs have performed well at home collecting 28 points from thirteen games with just the one defeat at Wembley all season.

Spurs hit the back of the net again.

Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2

Conclusion

So there we have it.

The game is destined to finish 2-2 with the Gunners picking up a decent point away from home.

You simply cannot argue with facts.

Role on Saturday!

 

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