Arsenal go into this game tomorrow buoyed by the acquisition of their Russian Striker and midfield playmaker Andrey Arshavin. Having got his work permit and following a gruelling flight to Moscow and back, today Arsene Wenger will put Andrey through a series of fitness tests to see if he could make the squad. I question the wisdom of exposing Arshavin to the cauldron that will be White Hart Lane. As I would not put it past one the scum players to make sure that he received a heavy tackle, putting him at risk of injury. But if he is fit enough, twenty minutes of Arshavin would raise the noise levels of the travelling support that’s for sure.
Tottenham always raise their game to play us, and funnily enough Adebayor raises his game in what could be landmark game for the Togolese striker. The atmosphere will be like the proverbial bear pit, and the only disappointment for the Arsenal fans will be the absence of David Bentley. Arsene will probably use Alex Song and Denilson as the defensive midfield pairing. Eboue has returned from injury, but I really hope that for once he is not selected, as we have yet to see anything like decent form from the Ivory Coast defender this season.
From previous tight games Arsene Wenger instincts tends to favour the deployment of a five man midfield with Robin van Persie dropping deep to Adebayor. Nasri on the left with Eboue on the right. Djourou should play alongside Gallas with Sagna and Clichy returning from his one game suspension. The attacks of Aaron Lennon will test Clichy, but I expect him to contain him relatively easily. One questions if this is the squad to deliver a decisive three points, and whether Arsene should in fact play Vela down the left side and have Nasri central with Denilson wide right. The talented mexican is yet to have a run in the team, and would be our secret weapon. One thing is for sure, we must not lose! I favour a three – one result in our favour. Now for your entertainment I have assembled a few interesting facts and figures about the oppos, as well as the odd joke and song….ENJOY!
Playing the scum down the Lane has it’s uses… winning titles of course!
1971 Arsenal team: Bob Wilson, Pat Rice, Bob McNab, Frank McLintock, Peter Simpson, Peter Storey, George Graham, George Armstrong, Charlie George, Ray Kennedy, John Radford.
2004 Arsenal team: Jens Lehmann, Lauren, Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure, Ashley Cole, Ray Parlour, Patrick Vieira, Silva, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp.
In the 22 matches between the two sides since our last defeat at the lane in the League on 7/11/1999 76 goals have been scored, an average of 3.45 goals per game.
Of the 229 encounters between the two clubs in all competitions Tottenham have won 52 Arsenal have won 81 with the draw favoured on some 98 occasions.
In the top flight matches Arsenal and Spurs have met 143 times, Arsenal winning 58 games to Tottenham’s 45
Only 9 players have chosen to move from Arsenal to Spurs whereas 11 have taken the sensible reverse route.
One player went both ways… Pat Jennings who came to Arsenal from Tottenham in 1977 only to return in 1985 on a free.
The biggest defeat by Tottenham = 6-0 on 06.03.1935
The biggest win by Arsenal = 5-0 on 28.04.1906
That since 1984 Arsenal have had 7 managers out of the 24 in total, Tottenham have had 19 managers since 1984 and overall 34 managers.
George Graham is the only man to have managed both Clubs.
Along the way the driver noticed a man wearing a spurs shirt walking on the pavement, being an arsenal fan the driver began to pull to his left and speed up to clip the spurs fan.
At the last second the driver remembered the preacher was in the car and swerved right back onto the road, although he was sure he missed the spurs fan he still heard a great ‘thud’.
”forgive me father, it appears I might’ve hit that guy back there”
”No you missed him” said the preacher, ”But I got him with the door”
ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF RELEGATION…
Some defeats in life are bad they can make you really mad, and other games just make you swear and spit, and when Gooners take the piss at another Darren Bent miss,this’ll help you wallow in the shit,
Oh always look on the bright side of life, (Whistle) Always look on the light side of life (Whistle)
If David Bentley’s rotten and Arshavin you’ve forgotten and Berbatov and Keane do take the piss. If Martin Jol was sad, Then Ramos is pretty bad, so why not bring in Harry, he can’t miss?
Levy tiptoes on the right side of Strife,(Whistle) It seems He changes coaches more times than he screws his wife,(Whistle)
Two points had seemed absurd, so panic was the word, after spending 70 mill, Comolli’s crap, He forgot about his pride and giving the fans a ride, He ditched Ramos and called ‘Arry Rednapp… &nb sp;
So… always look on the bright side of death(Whistle)
just before you draw your terminal breath(Whistle)
Spurs are a piece of shit when you really look at it, And relegation beckons it is true, just ignore the Arsenal foe, keep’em laughing as you go, just remember that the last laugh is on you
We Tottenham boyz will manage to survive it, (Whistle) When the Spurs are playing in the Championship, (Whistle) (C’mon guys cheer up!)
So Always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the bright side of life ….(worse things happen at sea you know)
Always look on the bright side of life ….What you gotta lose?
You know you come from nothing you going back to nuffin, what you lost? Nuffin!
Andrey Arshavin has received a work permit in time to feature and Emmanuel Eboue is fit, but Abou Diaby is injured and suspended.
Robbie Keane will make his return in a Tottenham shirt as captain after his switch from Liverpool, he has already scored once against Arsenal this season
ex Gunner David Bentley is suspended.
DARREN BENT will be making his 50th Premier League appearance in a Tottenham shirt.
EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR will be making his 100th Premier League appearance in an Arsenal shirt