Welcome to the first North London Derby of 2014/15 season. Over the years this game used to be the most predictable draw you could find in the season.
However, in recent times this fixture has thrown up some real crackers, topped by the 5-3 Arsenal win at the Emirates in 2012.
This fixture is much more than a game, much more than 3 points, steeped in history and gives a huge indication of what is likely to be in store for these giants for the rest of the season.
Let’s be fair these last 15 years Spurs have been very much in our shadow and through our glory years of the late 90’s and 00’s the games that for me were much bigger than this were games against Manchester Utd, and even Chelsea. this was always the third game i’d look for once the fixtures were released.
This surely is the fault of Spurs though rather than us, as through this time we were so dominant and they were so comical that really this became a secondary fixture or perhaps just another game in our season. Is it me or has this game become a lot more important again these last 5 years or so?
Spurs to be fair on them have been a lot better and even managed to secure Champions League football on one occasion and were unfortunate not to qualify again when The Chavs won it and reduced them to the Europa. It does still make me laugh though that Emile Heskey has played more Champions League games than Tottenham Hotspur. (Ha Ha)
But now they have finally got a manager who seems to have a very tactical football brain. How he made Southampton play and his willingness to bring in youth immediately has revolutionised that club and they continue to be successful for it.
He has managed to rejuvenate players such as Lamela, who looked a fraction of himself last season under AVB and Spurs apart from a few underwhelming performances this season have looked the best they have done since Bale left.
It will only be a matter of time until he gets them playing his way and I believe that in the next season or so, Spurs (this time) will be a true competitor for the bigger competitions in a season. Not winners – but certainly more competitive.
I see them as a better unit a far more well drilled than last season. Which ended in a 1-0 win to Arsenal with a tidy Giroud finish. I still think today will be a tight game, yet it could be edge of your seat stuff too.
I think Spurs could make it hard as this to them currently is still their big game in a season, and I suppose they’d argue that this is the same for Arsenal too now but I still think The Gunners will have too much, both in terms of this game and our likely position at the end of this season.
We are unbeaten in the premier league for 10 games. As mentioned in other posts, I see something happening at this club and I would expect Arsenal to roll Spurs over today.
I hope its my head ruling my heart rather than the other way around, but if what I believe is true and Arsenal are heading for a definitive moment in their history then I feel 3 points is a must today before we go to Stamford Bridge next week.