Spurs’ record at the Emirates points to another North London Derby triumph for the Gunners.
Saturday November 20th, 2010 is still a red-letter date with Spurs fans.
It’s the only time that they’ve seen their side win at the Emirates and Tottenham’s record at Highbury wasn’t much better so you could understand if there was a feeling of trepidation around White Hart Lane ahead of the latest north London derby.
Arsenal have won four of their last five meetings with Spurs in the Premier League and have only lost on that one occasion to their bitterest rivals on home soil in 21 matches.
It’s 16 games since the Gunners failed to score in a home fixture against Tottenham and their record in London derbies overall last season was exceptional.
In 10 matches, they won eight and drew one though the record goalscorer in north London derbies now plays for Spurs. Emmanuel Adebayor has scored twice against Arsenal for his current club but found the net eight times in red and white when facing Spurs – he is 12/5 to get on the score-sheet this Saturday.
The Gunners were very impressive in last week’s 3-0 defeat of previously unbeaten Aston Villa and Arsene Wenger rested Wojciech Szczesny, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck against Southampton in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
Arsenal lost but the Saints had a near-full strength side on display – expect Wenger to name a much more familiar line-up for the visit of Spurs, who made 11 changes themselves for their midweek win over Nottingham Forest.
This game could be decided in midfield. Mauricio Pochettino has some excellent technical players at his disposal, including Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen, but whether they can work hard enough to deny the likes of Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla time on the ball is a matter of debate.
Welbeck has shown he can finish if getting the chance and has an early opportunity to become a folk hero at the Emirates by scoring against the old enemy.
Arsenal look good at 7/10 to take all three points and the Gunners are 7/5 to keep a clean sheet as they have in their last three games with Spurs.
The match kicks off at 5.30pm on Saturday, September 27th at the Emirates.