Arsenal could extend their unbeaten home record this week as we play in the North London Derby against Spurs.
Spurs would like to think they are the new Kings of London, but they have yet to win anything worthwhile so their pontificating is without back up or trophies.
We kick off at 12.30 in the Emirates in what has the potential to make or break many Arsenal fans’ weekend.
We will probably be without Giroud who has a slight injury, with Welbeck and Mustafi to be tested for fitness.
Spurs players Kane, Alli, Lloris and Winks made miraculous recoveries as they were too injured to play for their country midweek but fit enough for selection for this NLD.
Spurs sit 8 points behind the League leaders Man City while having “the best season ever” but so called “club in crisis” Arsenal sit just 4 points behind Spurs. 12 in total behind City, who needed an offside goal and a dodgy penalty to beat us last time out.
Cech is expected to start in goal, with a back to fitness Ospina saving himself for Europa league action.
- Arsenal haven’t won any of their last six Premier League games against Tottenham (D4, L2) – their longest winless run against their rivals in league competition.
- Spurs have won just two of their previous 32 league games away to Arsenal (D13, L17), triumphing 3-1 at Highbury in 1993 and 3-2 at the Emirates in 2010.
- Tottenham have dropped 37 points from winning positions in Premier League games against Arsenal, the most by any side in a particular fixture.
- The Gunners have claimed 10 successive Premier League wins at the Emirates. It is their longest winning run at the stadium.
- Arsenal have won their opening five home games in a Premier League season for the first time since 2009-10. They last won their first six at home in 2007-08.
- Arsene Wenger’s side are unbeaten in 16 home games in league and cup since a 5-1 loss against Bayern Munich in March (W14, D2).
- They could suffer back-to-back league defeats for the first time since August.
- Arsenal have lost 10 league games in 2017, equalling their highest total in a calendar year under Wenger. The last time they suffered more defeats was in 1995, when they lost 14 times.
- Spurs have claimed just one away league win against last season’s top six under Mauricio Pochettino, (D6, L9), claiming nine points out of a possible 48.
- Pochettino has yet to lose a Premier League north London derby (W2, D4), although all three of his visits to the Emirates Stadium with Tottenham have ended in draws.
- Spurs have 10 Premier League away wins this calendar year – no side has a better record – while their tally of 37 goals on the road is a league-high.
- Defeat would mean Tottenham lose back-to-back away league games for the first time in almost a year.
- Harry Kane has scored in all five of his Premier League north London derbies, netting six goals in total.
- The only players with more Premier League goals in this fixture are Emmanuel Adebayor and Robert Pires, with eight and seven respectively.
- Kane, who has 13 goals in his last six top-flight away games, can become the first player to score at least two goals in four consecutive Premier League away games.
We are being made underdogs for this match, as the media adore the Wallies in White. Pottechino has won nothing yet, but apparently this lack of trophies is only relevant when talking about Arsenal.
We have the capability to get something out of this match, even though many (including our own fans) have written us off.
Mike “Spursy” Dean won’t do us any favours so we have to be on top of our game.
Hopefully Lacazette plays, and has his scoring boots on.
We will need to watch out for dives, cheats, offside goals and dubious decisions but get this….
If we as fans make The Emirates rock, make it a fortress, let these muppets know that over 20 years of North London dominance counts for something, that we may be going through some difficult times but our pride in over 2 decades of winning and competing can’t be tarnished then maybe, just maybe, we can do a madness and prove what we already know…. North London is, always has been, and always will be, RED!