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Spurs v Arsenal

This is set to be one of the most important North London Derbies in years. Spurs are continuing to battle for the top four whilst Arsenal continues their challenge for the Premier League title.

With the conclusion of the 2023/24 Premier League drawing ever closer, wins and indeed points have become even more important with every club trying to make one last push to achieve their goals and ambitions for the current campaign. This is certainly going to be the case for Saturday’s crucial North London Derby between Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

These two rivals are set to come face to face at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 28th April in what is set to be a 14:00 kick-off. It is a potentially pivotal game for both teams – Tottenham are in a battle with Aston Villa for the fourth and final UEFA Champions League spot, whilst Arsenal continue their challenge for a first Premier League title in 20 years.

As it stands, the Lilywhites currently find themselves occupying 5th place in the table after accumulating 60 points from their 32 games to date. They have the advantage of having two games in hand on Villa above them, and if they do get the win against Arteta’s side, they will be just 3 points adrift of fourth spot if they are beaten by Chelsea the day before.

As for Arsenal, they sit at the summit of the Premier League table with 77 points having been earned from their 34 matches as of the time of writing. Their lead on second place, which is currently occupied by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, stands at just one point at the moment. A win against Spurs would give them a four point lead ahead of City should they lose to Nottingham Forest. If City draw and the Gunners win, then the lead at the top for Mikel Arteta’s side will stand at three points.

The most recent game played by Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs was against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, which was a game that they lost 4 – 0 a fortnight ago. The game before that had been a very comfortable 3 – 1 win in the Premier League at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Nottingham Forest.

The Lilywhites’ goal scorers against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were Micky van de Ven (52’) and Pedro Porro (58’), whilst it was an own goal from Forest central defender Murillo (15’) that opened the scoring. It was Chris Wood (27’) who got the sole goal for the away side that day.

Moving on to Arsenal, Mikel Arteta and his Gunners team were able to beat West London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in what was an emphatic 5 – 0 win. Leandro Trossard (4’), Ben White (52’, 70’), and Kai Havertz (57’, 65’) were all the goal scorers that day in North London.

The North London Derby is one of the biggest games in the English football calendar, and it is a game that took place for the very first time ever on 9th November 1896 in what was a league game at the Manor Ground – it was a game that was won by the Gunners who were known as Woolwich Arsenal at the time.

There have been a number of memorable and iconic moments in this derby game over the years. Arsenal fans will never forget when a 2 – 2 draw at White Hart Lane sealed the title. They were the second team to go unbeaten in the English top flight since Preston North End did so in the 1888/89 season.

A particularly memorable derby for Spurs fans in a positive way came back in 2008 when they were able to emerge as emphatic 5 – 1 winners against their arch rivals in the second leg of their Carling Cup Semi Final clash (first leg ended 1 – 1) at White Hart Lane.

Goals from Jermaine Jenas (3’), Robbie Keane (48’), Aaron Lennon (60’), Steed Malbranque (90+4’), and an own goal from Nicklas Bendtner (27’) secured this famous and historic win for the Lilywhites. It was Emmanuel Adebayor who got a consolation goal for Arsene Wenger’s Gunners with barely 20 minutes of the game remaining (70’).

Tottenham did go on to beat Chelsea 2 – 1 after extra time in the Final at Wembley Stadium in February 2008, with a Dimitar Berbatov penalty (70’) and a goal from Jonathan Woodgate (94’) sealing the win after Didier Drogba initially gave Chelsea the lead late on in the first half (39’).

Overall, Spurs and Arsenal have gone toe to toe competitively a total of 210 times over the years, and it is the Gunners who have the superior record of 86 wins in total compared to 67 for Spurs. There have been 55 draws between them in this intense fixture over the years.

The most recent North London Derby took place in the Premier League on 24th September 2023, which saw Tottenham and Arsenal play out a 2 – 2 stalemate at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners took the lead through an own goal from Cristian Romero (26’) before Spurs equalised through Son Heung-Min just before the half time break (42’)

Bukayo Saka (54’ – Penalty) did give Arsenal the lead once more in the very early moments of the second half only for Son Heung-Min to restore parity once more for the visiting Spurs side barely a minute later (55’).

Excitement and anticipation are building rapidly ahead of what is set to be a crucial and potentially pivotal North London Derby in the Premier League between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday 28th April 2024 (14:00 Kick-Off).

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