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Some Interesting North London Derby Stats

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The North London derby comes up on Sunday as the Gunners host their fierce rivals, Tottenham, in what would prove to be an important fixture in this season’s title race. The Gunners are three points ahead of their rivals and would be hoping to inflict some damage on them, as Tottenham currently has the proud record of being to only unbeaten team with 10 games gone.

Without further ado, here are some interesting North London Derby stats

Head to Head

Arsenal haven’t defeated Tottenham in the last four North London derbies with the White half of North London earning themselves four draws, and of course, defeat their neighbors when Harry Kane put his name in Tottenham folklore with a brace against Arsenal. However, the Gunners have quite an enviable record against Spurs with one loss in their last 20 games. In this 20 game haul, the Gunners have recorded 12 victories.

Goals!

In the last 43 meetings with Tottenham, Arsenal has scored at least once. For some reason, the Gunners don’t just know how to fire blanks when they face off against Tottenham, which is bad news for those Fantasy Football Managers with Spurs defenders in their teams. It’s also worth noting that Tottenham’s last clean sheet against the Gunners came some 14 games ago. With the form Arsene Wenger’s men have been in this season, I expect that tally to rise to 15.

Clash of the Managers

Since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996, he has played 11 different Tottenham managers but twitchy ol’ Harry Redknapp has the best record, with three wins, three draws and three defeats in nine games against Wenger. Who can forget that crazy 4-4 at the Emirates in Redknapp’s first season. Martin Jol turns out to be the worst of the pile, as he has never recorded a victory in his career against Wenger with four draws and five defeats.

However, the young and vibrant Mauricio Pochettino has never lost to Arsene Wenger in the Premier League with the Argentine amassing one win and three draws in the four league meetings. However, his only loss to Wenger came in a Mathieu Flamini-inspired League Cup win.

For info on the other managers that have faced off against Wenger, you can check it out here.

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Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal: A Flaminicious Night at the Lane

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Tottenham 1 (Chambers o.g. 56) – Arsenal 2 (Flamini 26′, 78′)

Match Report Match HighlightsPost-Match Press Conference  (via Arsenal.com)

Following the recent slump in the Gunners form, the Derby clash against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup offered a different prospect. It was going to bad suffering three defeats on the trot but with half an eye on the Leicester game this weekend, Arsene Wenger had to keep his team fresh so he made some changes to the side that lost to Chelsea. In came David Ospina, the Cup keeper, Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs, Matt Debuchy, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Joel Campbell, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud. Only Aaron Ramsey kept his place in the squad and he was in his preferred central position.

As you’d expect from a Derby game, the intensity was high and it brought about committed performances from the lads. Up until his own goal and even after it, Chambers had a great game in the heart of the defense alongside a more experienced Mertesacker. Kieran Gibbs put up a much-improved performance from his shitefest at Zagreb but I was deeply concerned about Debuchy’s outing. The French defender looked really out of sorts and most of Tottenham’s attack, and their goal of course, came from his wing. With Carl Jenkinson returning back to the club this summer, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens to Debuchy, because he has clearly lost his place to Hector Bellerin and he hasn’t done himself any justice in the games he has featured this season.

Then there was Mathieu Flamini – the forgotten Frenchman that couldn’t leave the club for SC Bastia because they couldn’t afford to pay him what he earns at the Emirates. A player that has been heavily linked with an exit throughout the summer. One of the ‘hindrances’ to the club signing a defensive midfielder… the list goes on. However, none of that mattered yesterday. Flamini was his usual beastly self, covering ground, clattering into Danny Rose and getting his usual yellow card but…he scored two beautiful goals. Yes, I meant beautiful goals, I didn’t say he made two beautiful tackles.

Mathieu Flamini volleys in Arsenal's winner

A guy that had scored one goal in a year gets two in one night. The first was a typical center forwards finish as he showed very good anticipation to blast the ball into the roof of the net when Michel Vorm spilled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot. The second goal was even better – a perfectly executed volley that bounced in front of the goalie before smashing the net.

You could see how those goals meant to Flamini – a player that has been written off by pretty much everyone. Wenger was really pleased for him and the player himself stated that he had a point to prove.

Elsewhere,the Ox had a good game and his dribbling skills were on show yesterday but I had concerns about Giroud’s performance leading the line. Things aren’t just working out for the Frenchman and he didn’t do anything to justify his place ahead of Walcott yesterday. Walcott was about to replace Giroud but Flamini’s match winner made the manager change his mind. Walcott came on for the Ox shortly afterwards.

The draws have been made and Arsenal is going to play Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round.

It’s good to be back to winning ways.

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Tottenham Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

 

Things aren’t looking too rosy in the Arsenal camp at the moment. After enjoying a run of two wins against Newcastle and Stoke, the Gunners slipped to a shocking defeat against Dinamo Zagreb before suffering yet another defeat to Chelsea last weekend. With another daunting fixture against Tottenham tonight, the Gunners will be hoping to end the wretched run of form.

Arsenal Team News

 

The Gunners go into the game without their suspended duo, Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla but thankfully, Per Mertesacker is fit enough to slot right into the heart of the Arsenal defense. Francis Coquelin is nursing a knee injury and we haven’t been informed about the extent of the injury but it’s evident that he will not be available for tonight’s North London Derby. Club captain, Mikel Arteta, will be odds on to take his place in midfield.

This game can also see a fringe player like Joel Campbell get some minutes under his belt. He hasn’t convinced a whole lot of people about his abilities but it’s only on the field of play we will be able to get a glimpse of his quality.

Arsenal Injury / Suspension News

Jack Wilshere (ankle), Tomas Rosicky (knee), Danny Welbeck (knee), Francis Coquelin (knee), Gabriel Paulista (suspension) and Santi Cazorla (suspension)

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Arsenal 4-5-1 football formation

 

Tottenham Team News

Spur’s player of the year last season, Harry Kane, has struggled for form this season and he hasn’t been able to find the back of the net for his club this season, even though he scored a very good goal for England in the routing of San Marino. However, new signing from Leverkusen, Son Heung-Min has started his Spurs career well with three goals in his first two games, including the match winner against Crystal Palace last weekend. The Gunners will have to be very mindful of the threat he would pose.

Spurs come into this game on the back of three successive victories in the Europa League and Premier League. After a slow start to the season, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have sharpened their game and are now one of the form teams in the league.

 

Tottenham Injury / Suspension News

Nabil Bentaleb (ankle), Moussa Dembele (ankle) and Ryan Mason (knee)

Tottenham Predicted Lineup

 

Tottenham Hotspur 4-2-3-1 football formation

Team Form

Arsenal

  • Last Five Games: D W W L L
  • Last Result: Chelsea 2 (Zouma 53′, Hazard 90′) – Arsenal 0
  • Leading Goalscorer: Olivier Giroud (2)

Tottenham

  • Last Five Games: D D W W W
  • Last Result: Tottenham 1 (Son 68′) – Crystal Palace 0
  • Leading Goalscorer: Heung-Min Son (3)

Gooner Daily predicts 2 – 1 to the Arsenal

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