Date: 30th September 2011 at 9:19pm
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When the fixtures are release in June, almost every Gooner on the planet fast forwards to see at what date the first North London Derby of the season will be contested.

Maybe it’s my Gooner glasses distorting the truth somewhat, but I’m of the opinion that the North London Derby is the single most hotly contested and passionate derby in the Premier League. Of course Mancini’s millions may have distorted that somewhat over the past few years, but you won’t find a more heated game anywhere else in the country.

And almost every match is highly entertaining.

This Sunday sees the first match up of the season, it’s exciting, it’s scarey, it’s passion fueld, it’s the NLD!

Vital Quotes:

‘It’s not like any other game,” said Wenger. “It is for us an opportunity to continue our way back to a more ambitious position in the league.

“The fact that it is a derby makes it more difficult but it is more enjoyable.’

“It is a very important game, you know the next game is always the most important in your life. We do not try to play down its importance at all, I just think it’s the same home or away – if you play well you win.’

‘It is fantastic. Both sets of fans are up for it. We have done very well over the years but most important is to play football.’

Spurs Team News:

Tottenham will field some players, and we will all boo them, willing them to fail with every fibre in our being.

Player to watch: Emmanuel Adebayor

Hate him or really hate him, the man can play football. He’s always liked scoring at the Lane, and apparently he quite likes scoring against Arsenal too.

Old players always score against their old clubs. We’ll have to be very careful.

Arsenal Team News:

We travel to the dark side with only one fit centre back. Alex Song will more than likely to be the man to partner Per Mertesacker after Koscielny failed a fitness test and Vermaelen is still a couple of weeks away.

Player to watch: van Persie

In my humble opinion, RvP is amongst the finest strikers in world football. He makes things happen and has one of the most lethal left feet I’ve ever seen.

He’s got goals in him. Let’s hope they arrive on Sunday. And lots of ’em.

Match Facts & Stats

There’s only one fact you need to know about this game. It’s going to be white hot. You’d be a fool to miss it.

Match Prediction:

I can’t …. I just can’t ….

Next Fixtures:

I can’t look past this Sunday. Nope. Not happening.