Date: 1st December 2006 at 2:14pm
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It`s finally here boys and girls, the North London Derby! Arsenal take on their north London neighbours in one of the fixtures of the season in what is sure to be a clash of epic proportions.

Vital Quotes:

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal will be missing some important players for the derby. Henry (pain in the arse, seriously), Gallas (thigh), Senderos and Flamini are all injured. Long-term absentees Diaby and Lauren are still missing.

There is a slight chance that Cesc Fabregas will start on the bench because one more yellow would see him miss the derby with Chelsea next Sunday.

Player to watch: Alex Hleb

The return of Eboue will see the winger liberated once again. His tormenting runs with the ball could cause Spurs many-a-problem.

Tottenham Team News:

King has recovered from a virus in time to play, while Jenas has also recovered froma calf strain.

Stalteri (knee), Mido (groin)and Gardner (knee)all miss out along with the suspended Ghaly.

Player to watch: Lennon

The young winger will keep Clichy on his toes. He will look to make Clichy commit himself to challenges, something the young Frenchman has been doing a little too often of late.

Match Facts & Stats

-Tottenham have failed to win in their last 13 away north London Derby’s

-The form table over the last six games see’s Arsenal 5th from bottom while Spurs are flying in 4th

-Spurs have not lost to a London team this season (won 2, drawn 1)

-The tiny totts are yet to win away from home this season in the league although Arsenal`s home form is nothing to shout about.

-Draws with Aston Villa, Boro, Everton and Newcastle in the league has seen the Gunners title hopes fade away.

But as we all know, the NLD is about much more than three points. It`s about bragging rights, it`s about pride and it`s about passion (not that kind).

-If Arsenal win and Villa and Bolton fail to win then Arsenal will climb back up to fourth.

-Tottenham could however go above the Arsenal if they manage to win by seven goals (excuse my while I turn on the runway lights for my pigs?)

Ref Watch:

Graham poll takes control of the game, let’s hope the Herts man can have a better game than he did World Cup.

Vital Members have their say:

The now legendary FatOldDave: I have seen a lot of North London derbies, and the favourites have to be 1971, when we first won the title at the Lane, 1978, when Liam scored every Gooners favourite goal in a 5-0 win, and of course 2004, when we won the league there for the second time. In fact the Lane has been a happy hunting ground for us because we have won two League Cup semi-finals there too. Come to think of it, nearly all of the memorable wins have been there. At Highbury you tend to remember just the great goals more, Frank Stapleton, Charlie Nicholas, Dennis Bergkamp and Titi.

Obviously I hope we maintain our stranglehold over them on Saturday, but it would be great if the game is remembered for the right reasons, instead of a refereeing blunder or controversial goal. And after our recent run it would be terrific to see Thierry score his seventh goal against spurs!

I approached two Vital Spurs members but both chose not to comment…I wonder why!

Come on the Arsenal!


11 Replies to “Arsenal V M’sex Hotspur”

  • we can catch united (he said crying into his pillow) my mum said so…’SOB’. one game at a time starting with the spuds. im just not sure manu or chelsea will drop that many points

  • Henry Absence May Be Arsene Excuse As Larsson 16/1 To Score For United V Barcelona
    WILL HENRY ABSENCE PROVIDE PERFECT ARSENE WHINGER EXCUSE?…….Bookmakers William Hill reported backing for Arsene Wenger to use Thierry Henry’s absence from the Arsenal side as his excuse should they fail to beat bitter rivals Spurs on Saturday.
    Following Wenger’s complaints about the congested fixture list when his side lost to Fulham in midweek, Hills opened a book on which excuse he might choose to use in the event that Spurs managed to hold or beat them in this weekend’s derby game and they go 5/4 that the officials will take the blame; 2/1 that he will again point at fixture congestion; but have slashed the odds about him blaming injuries/suspensions from 5/1 to 7/2 after it was announced that Henry would miss the game.
    Hills also offer 6/1 that Wenger will claim that they are focusing on the Champions League; 14/1 that they have yet to get used to their new stadium and 50/1 to admit that it was entirely his own fault, while he is 12/1 to refuse to be interviewed on tv after the game and 33/1 to declare that his side’s failure to win was entirely down to Spurs’ performance.
    Arsenal are 4/7 favourites to win the game with Hills, who make Spurs 9/2 and the draw 23/10. ARSENAL are 16/1 to lose their next three games – against Spurs, Porto and Chelsea – with William Hill – and 12/1 to win all three.

  • Hello cockchops, still you’re still making loads of sense. May I borrow your brain for a while, I’m trying to build an idiot??

  • Henry out but the Beast is back and ready to rampage the spuds creaking defence.
    This is though the biggest game of the season for the spuds so they will be up for this one. 3-1 to the Gunners though.

  • Fingers crossed!! History is on our side, and I certainly want bragging rights to be with us for some more time. It will be interesting to see the playing XI, but I will always feel that arsenal will win. Same with this one too.

  • Picking and choosing his games again I see. What a wimp!! And he`s your captain! No wonder your clib is in tatters if he is supposed to be leading by example. COWARDS!!!!!!!!!! 0-2 SPURSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Prits we do have the bragging rights since the last few years, dun we, and they’ll remain with us, so dun worry mate, our wounded gunners are gonna shoot the scum down..

  • should be an easy victory for the gunners, would rather see them top then man u or chelsea… maybe they can still challange, just take a major slip up from both involved though

  • I am concerned at Henry’s absense as King seems to have whoodo over him. I think Adebayor possess a different set of problems. With Gallas and Senderos injured Toure and Djorou or Gilberto will need to do well. Clichy will need help.Eboue flying forward packs the midfield but leaves the right side of the defence light something Defoe/Keane could expose. Walcott against Assou-Ekotto could be interesting though King Ledley has already proven he is as fast as anyone in the premiership. I can see Arsenal playing Lehmann – Eboue, Toure, Djorou, Clichy – Hleb, Gilberto, Fabregas (dare Wenger play Song?), Rosicky, Van Persie – Adebayor facing a Spurs line up of Robinson – Chimbonda, Dawson, King, Ekotto – Lennon, Jenas or Zokora, Huddlestone, Malbranque – Berbatov, Defoe or Keane. Even the most rabid gooner will admit it will be a challenging Spurs team to face.

  • i think Baptista will offer something different and lets hope Theo makes a good impression over spuds.

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