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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal
 
Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          26 10  11   5  37 -33  41
Away          26  2  10  14  25 -49  16
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Total(Prem)   52 12  21  19  62 -82  57
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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)   52 12  21  19  62 -82  57
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
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Grand Total  162 52  45  65 220 -250 166
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Arsenal    -    WWDDDW

Fulham     1-5    Arsenal
Arsenal    3-1    Leicester
C. Palace  2-2    Arsenal
Arsenal    1-1    Liverpool
Arsenal    1-1    Wolves
B'mouth    1-2    Arsenal

Spurs      -    WWLWWW
           
Spurs      1-0    Cardiff
West Ham   0-1    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Man City
Wolves     2-3    Spurs
C. Palace  0-1    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    Chelsea

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
3. Spurs    13 10  0  3  23-11  12   30
5. Arsenal  13  8  3  2  28-16  12   27

It's about time!

Spurs are aiming to equal a Premier League record at The Emirates Stadium tomorrow by beating their old enemy to make it eight consecutive London Derby wins. Whilst our recent derby matches page includes Watford, where we did lose in September, Watford are not generally considered as a London side. On that basis, our last seven London Derby wins have been Arsenal (H), Palace (A), Chelsea (A), Fulham (H), West Ham (A), Palace (A) and now Chelsea last week at home. Regarding a win for Spurs at Arsenal (who do hold the Football League record of 9 consecutive derby wins) - it's about time!

It remains a fact that in 26 attempts in the Premier League we have only managed to beat Arsenal away twice. The first of those successes was back in May 1993, when thanks to beating us in the FA Cup semi-final, Arsenal had an FA Cup Final to look forward to and fielded a weakened team. The Spurs team included youngsters such as David McDonald at right back, and also Danny Hill and John Hendry, who scored two of our three goals in a 3-1 win. Teddy Sheringham had opened the scoring and we were two up before Dickov got one back for the "Gooners".

Hendry's two goals were surely his finest moments in professional football. Born in January 1970 in Glasgow, Hendry made 19 full appearances (plus 19 as sub) in Spurs colours, scoring a total of 12 goals, between 1990 and 1995. His last goal was scored against NK Rudar of Slovenia in Spurs' ill-fated excursion in the much maligned pre-season Inter-Toto Cup. That was our one win in that tournament in which we played junior and guest players, which included a certain Alan Pardew!

That first away win in 1993 was, of course, at Highbury. The second was more recent, but still 8 years ago now when we came back from 2-0 down at half-time to win 3-2 thanks to goals by Gareth Bale, Rafa van der Vaart (penalty) and Younes Kaboul. (Arsenal 2 Spurs 3, 20.11.2010). The Arsenal side included goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, now at West Ham (via Swansea) and Samir Nasri who is rumoured to be training with West Ham after spending a year out of the game due to a breach of World Anti-Doping Agency rules. Nasri was last playing for Turkish club Antalyaspor in November last year. Our own Vincent Janssen (remember him?) played in Nasri's last game for Fenerbahce. Nasri had scored Arsenal's opening goal in our 3-2 win 8 years ago, and may be playing for "The Hammers" in January.

With a Carabao Cup quarter-final to come later this month we have two trips to The Emirates Stadium this month. Our two most recent December games against Arsenal have both been away. The first of these was our first visit to the new Arsenal Stadium on this day in 2006, which ended in a miserable 3-0 defeat. The second was the following year when we lost a pre-Christmas game 2-1. It is time for another happy trip to Holloway Road!

Not only are we looking for an eighth successive derby win, but we also seek a seventh consecutive win in all games. Arsenal's new manager Unai Emery knows all too well the importance of this game, both from the fans' perpsective but also the impact a win would have in the race for the top four. An Arsenal win would put them above Spurs on goal difference. Emery took kids to Ukraine for Thursday's Europa League game (which they won with ease). The only significant injury issue he has is with Lacazette who faces a late check regarding a groin strain.

Pochettino has to rotate when possible. Danny Rose was on the bench on Wednesday, so perhaps he will start tomorrow, bearing in mind Ben Davies has played in the last five games. Kieran Trippier is not ready yet, so Serge Aurier will start and surely Alderweireld and Vertonghen will continue in the middle. Erik Lamela is being assessed after sustaining an injury against Inter, but I suspect that Lucas Moura will get a start tomorrow, as he will be particularly keen to make an impression against his former manager at PSG.

Much as I desperately want us to win tomorrow, I rather suspect we will get our first draw of the season here and I am predicting a 2-2 which would keep us three points ahead and in the top four!

Referee Mike Dean is much maligned these days and Arsenal fans accuse him of being a Spurs fan, due to a YouTube video which appears to show him celebrating a Spurs goal a few years back now. Perhaps they forgot that Mr. Dean was in charge when they beat us last year 2-0. Spurs fans haven't been rating this referee too highly for two years now, although his last game in charge of us was our 3-2 win at Molineux last month.

Did you know? - Spurs had possibly their happiest Christmas Day ever in 1911, when they beat Woolwich Arsenal (they were still a South London side then) 5-0 in front of 47,109 fans at White Hart Lane. Our goalscorers were Jabez Darnell, Jock McTavish, Bert Middlemiss and Billy Minter (2). The Arsenal side included Alf Commomn - famous for being the first 1,000 player when he transferred from Middlesbrough to Sunderland in 1905. We did lose the Boxing Day match - played at Plumstead - 3-1, when Billy Minter again scored.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On this date in 1998 (2nd December) , Spurs beat Manchester United 3-1 in a Worthington Cup quarter-final. We would go on to win the only trophy United did not win that season!

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