On the anniversary of Arsenal winning the FA Cup; Tottenham V Arsenal

Thus far…

By Bulldog Drummond

Of course it was a different competition but still the stakes were just as high.  For on this very day in 1979 Arsenal won the FA cup, as the video below shows

And we know that although there is no Cup at stake in the game against Tottenham today, there is a lot of pride and future income for the club in the balance, since a win will take us a long way toward getting into the Champions League.

The news before tonight’s match is that Tottenham are predicted to play the same XI as played in the draw with Liverpool recently, while Arsenal have reported that Bukayo Saka and Ben White will have fitness tests before the game.

Interestingly the BBC’s webpage on the match says that “it is very hard to pick a winner” highlighting the fact that Conte has managed to win just one of the eight games he has managed against Arsenal.

But they focus on what is probably the most worrying stat, which is that Tottenham have won or drawn their last seven home league games against Arsenal.  They have beaten that twice by going nine games without defeat in 1960 and 1968.

In 1960 the league table ended in a fashion that was utterly different from the sort of thing we see today with Burnley as champions, Tottenham third, and clubs such as West Brom, Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton Wanderers, Present North End, Fulham, and Blackpool, all ending the season above Arsenal who finished 13th.

Team P W D L F A GAv Pts
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 21 11 10 86 50 1.720 53
13 Arsenal 42 15 9 18 68 80 0.850 39

In 1968 the league looked much more like today with many of those clubs noted above now departed the 1st Division, and in 1967/8 with Fulham and Sheffield United leaving as well.   Arsenal and Tottenham were much closer together.

Team P W D L F A GAv Pts
7 Tottenham Hotspur 42 19 9 14 70 59 1.186 47
9 Arsenal 42 17 10 15 60 56 1.071 44

But the statistic that brings the biggest worry is Tottenham’s home form in the League of late

Date Match Res Score
13 Feb 2022 Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton W L 0-2
7 Mar 2022 Tottenham Hotspur v Everton W 5-0
20 Mar 2022 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United W 3-1
3 Apr 2022 Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United W 5-1
16 Apr 2022 Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove L 0-1
1 May 2022 Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City W 3-1

On the other hand, their ability within the London derby scene is not that good this season.

Date Match Res Score Competition
11 Sep 2021 Crystal Palace v Tottenham H L 3-0 Premier League
19 Sep 2021 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea L 0-3 Premier League
26 Sep 2021 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur L 3-1 Premier League
24 Oct 2021 West Ham v Tottenham Hotspur L 1-0 Premier League
2 Dec 2021 Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford W 2-0 Premier League
22 Dec 2021 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham W 2-1 League Cup
26 Dec 2021 Tottenham Hv Crystal Palace W 3-0 Premier League
1 Jan 2022 Watford v Tottenham Hotspur W 0-1 Premier League
5 Jan 2022 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur L 2-0 League Cup
12 Jan 2022 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea L 0-1 League Cup
23 Jan 2022 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur L 2-0 Premier League
20 Mar 2022 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham W 3-1 Premier League
23 Apr 2022 Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur D 0-0 Premier League

They have lost seven London derbies in 2021-22 winning five and drawing one. A win ratio of 38%.

Arsenal have won six London derbies, lost three and drawn one.   A win ratio of 60%

Date Match Res Score Competition
13 Aug 2021 Brentford v Arsenal L 2-0 Premier League
22 Aug 2021 Arsenal v Chelsea L 0-2 Premier League
22 Sep 2021 Arsenal v AFC Wimbledon W 3-0 League Cup
26 Sep 2021 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur W 3-1 Premier League
18 Oct 2021 Arsenal v Crystal Palace D 2-2 Premier League
15 Dec 2021 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-0 Premier League
19 Feb 2022 Arsenal v Brentford W 2-1 Premier League
04 Apr 2022 Crystal Palace v Arsenal L 3-0 Premier League
20 Apr 2022 Chelsea v Arsenal W 2-4 Premier League
01 May 2022 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League

The final instalment of the series concerning this match will appear shortly.

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