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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal
 
Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          17  4   9   4  21 -23  21
Away          18  1   7  10  15 -31  10
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Total(Prem)   35  5  16  14  36 -54  31
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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)   35  5  16  14  36 -54  31
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
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Grand Total  145 45  40  60 194 -222 140
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs
 
Wigan      0-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Everton
Spurs      3-1   Blackburn
Stoke      1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Portsmouth
S'derland  3-1   Spurs

Arsenal

Stoke      1-3   Arsenal
Arsenal    3-1   Burnley
Hull       1-2   Arsenal
Arsenal    2-0   West Ham
B'mingham  1-1   Arsenal
Arsenal    1-0   Wolves

Pos        P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
3 Arsenal 33 22  5  6 75-34  41  71
5 Spurs   32 17  7  8 58-32  26  58
I wish all Spurs fans a Happy "St. Hotspur" Day!

Tomorrow (14th April) is the day we Spurs fans celebrate as "St Hotspur" Day. It is the nineteenth anniversary of that momentous semi-final win over the enemy at Wembley started by that unforgettable Paul Gascoigne free kick. This is the first time that the two teams have met on the actual anniversary. Sadly, after our Cup exit on Sunday, Spurs fans will not be in the mood to celebrate, unless of course we can get an oh so vital win.

Arsenal fans also have an unofficial day each season that I believe they call "St. Tottering Hotspur" Day, which occurs on the day in the season when Spurs cannot overtake them in the league. Famously in 2005-06 this day occurred on the very last day of the season after "Lasagne Gate". This day could be celebrated tomorrow if the gooners win this game.

When we lost 3-0 at The Emirates in October I wrote about the fact that we had lost to three of the top four sides. Now we face those top three sides in our next three games, with the fourth placed side - Man City - to come on 5th May. Before our defeat against Sunderland, some fans were even suggesting we could finish third.

I have always harboured doubt about our ability to hold onto a top four place, knowing of the run-in to come. Arsenal might be missing key players such as Fabregas, Arshavin, and Gallas, but whoever they play will play neat and fast football as per the Arsenal style over the Wenger years. Van Persie may even make a come back tomorrow, and he scored two of their three goals against us in October.

Spurs fans always look forward to this game with such relish, but I prefer to get it out of the way. If you face facts, we haven't beaten them in the league this century (last such win in 1999), and we have only managed to finish above them in the Premier League twice in its history (92-93 and 94-95).

Arsenal and Spurs are actually the top two teams on the current six game form guide. Both have won five of their last six games. Spurs' problem is that they are at the start of a downturn in form with two consecutive defeats (including Portsmouth) following five consecutive league wins. Arsenal haven't lost in 9 games since defeats at Chelsea and at home to Man Utd.

That certain centre half, who played his last game for Spurs 9 years ago (almost to the day in another FA Cup semi-final) could well be playing for the visitors and he'd better have his hard hat on, as I am sure things will get messy(i) for him, having now joined our most hated rivals not once, but twice! The crowd could un-nerve him though with a no words version of "Lord of the Dance", and continual barracking.

Spurs have too many ongoing injury problems for this crucial stage of the season. Ledley King is apparently fit and will be subject to a late decision, but that could be a case of picking which of our next three games he does play. I have heard that Aaron Lennon may have suffered a relapse of his groin injury, and fear we may not see him again this season. He is definitely out tomorrow and has yet to play in 2010. Jenas is not yet ready, and Kranjcar has been added to the role of absentees after Michael Brown's tackle on Sunday. Wilson Palacios is suspended for this game and the Chelsea game after all that effort trying to beat the amnesty deadline.

Spurs then are not best prepared for this game, where the midfield may well be Bentley, Huddlestone, Kaboul and Modric. Arsenal's absentees are big misses for them without a doubt, and of course after our defeat the team will either play like tigers, or be demoralised after such failure. It's Harry's job to make sure they are up for it. We fans will be, but I fear we won't be smiling at the end of it all, and will predict a 2-1 defeat.

I do however wish all Spurs fans a very happy "St. Hotspur" Day.

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