by Bulldog Drummond
Even in the days when Arsenal were Woolwich Arsenal, playing in Plumstead there was a strong rivalry between ourselves and Tottenham – although probably the biggest rivalry for Woolwich Arsenal was that with Chelsea. Arsenal and Chelsea were the two clubs who had ignored the Southern League and instead applied successfully for permission to join the Football League – Arsenal joining in 1893 and Chelsea in 1905. Tottenham had left the Southern League in 1908, and aided by Arsenal (after Tottenham found themselves without a league to play in) eventually managed to get elected that year.
Tottenham however were never that keen on other London clubs coming in on “their” patch, as when they vigorously opposed Chelsea’s application in 1905, and Arsenal’s move to Highbury in 1913 (even though this actually helped enhance Tottenham’s crowd figures.) Tottenham also fought Arsenal for election to the expanded 1st division in 1919, but fared quite poorly in the election. Details of that are in our series 100 years in the first division.
And although Tottenham have had their moments (beating us 64 times in League and Cup) most of the time we’ve seen them off, winning 82 games.
Across the last 10 seasons we have played them 25 times in the League, League Cup and FA Cup
|31 Oct 2009||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||3-0||Premier League|
|14 Apr 2010||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|21 Sep 2010||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||W||1-4||League Cup|
|20 Nov 2010||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||L||2-3||Premier League|
|20 Apr 2011||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||D||3-3||Premier League|
|02 Oct 2011||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|26 Feb 2012||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||5-2||Premier League|
|17 Nov 2012||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||5-2||Premier League|
|03 Mar 2013||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|01 Sep 2013||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||1-0||Premier League|
|04 Jan 2014||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||2-0||FA Cup|
|16 Mar 2014||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
|27 Sep 2014||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||D||1-1||Premier League|
|07 Feb 2015||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|23 Sep 2015||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||W||1-2||League Cup|
|08 Nov 2015||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||D||1-1||Premier League|
|05 Mar 2016||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
|06 Nov 2016||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||D||1-1||Premier League|
|30 Apr 2017||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||L||2-0||Premier League|
|18 Nov 2017||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||2-0||Premier League|
|10 Feb 2018||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||L||1-0||Premier League|
|02 Dec 2018||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||4-2||Premier League|
|19 Dec 2018||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||L||0-2||League Cup|
|02 Mar 2019||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
We have won 10, lost eight and drawn seven.
In terms of knocking in the goals, when there are big scores to be had it has been Arsenal that have had them, scoring four twice and five twice, and never conceding more than three. Indeed we only conceded three twice, and one of those games was a 3-3 draw.
The last time we lost in the League at Arsenal Stadium, was 20 November 2010.
So far this season they have had a modest opening campaign…
|10 Aug 2019||Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa||W||3-1||Premier League|
|17 Aug 2019||Man City v Tottenham Hotspur||D||2-2||Premier League|
|25 Aug 2019||Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle Utd||L||0-1||Premier League|
So far in Premier League 2 they have also been middling, beating Manchester City and Liverpool while losing to Derby.
Here’s Football.London’s team for the game
Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac;
Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira;
Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Their commentary is of course full of “no excuses” and the like, setting Arsenal up for a fall.
Just Arsenal News go for
Maitland-Niles Luiz Sokratis Kolasinac
Willock Torreira Ceballos
Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang
Just looking at the predictions there is one other article headline that made me laugh. “9 Tottenham players feature in official Sky Sports combined XI for Arsenal game” That was from
- The stupidest thing said about Arsenal this week
- WSL North London Derby – reflections on the game at the Emirates
- Arsenal have not got the youngest team in the PL. Or have they?
- Arsenal are the most fouled team in the Premier League. Why?
- Partey setback, AFC man hauled off, new C Ronaldo signing, Arteta desperate