As we look forward to the north London clash this Sunday, GMS looks back at past results to see how close history puts the two clubs. Recently people would argue it has been more even between the clubs.
Arsenal and Tottenham first met in a friendly (probably a bad choice of words) in November 1887. This match was abandoned unfortunately. The first league game between the two was in December 1909. Arsenal won that game 1-0. Since then almost every game went Arsenal's way.
The two clubs have played against each other 173 times.
Arsenal Wins: 74
Tottenham Wins: 54
The largest victory was in 1935 when Arsenal beat them 6-0.
Arsenal have finished above Tottenham in the whole of Arsene Wengers 16 year reign. Despite a lot of Tottenham’s players claiming that they were equal to or better than Arsenal.
“Spurs are a club that are definitely going forward. There's no reason why we can’t catch Arsenal.” Darren Bent, 2007.
“We can definitely overtake Arsenal next year.” Jermaine Jenas, 2008.
“If you look at the last four or five years, Arsenal have always got ahead of us slightly but if you look now, its certainly even. And if you look at the squad, the bench we have is probably a little bit stronger than their bench.” Robbie Keane, 2009.
“Arsenal have a great team, but our squad is no worse than theirs.” Rafael van der Vaart, 2010.
“When everyone is fit, we have a squad that can match Arsenal.” Harry Redknapp, 2010.
“Arsenal are still ahead of us in the Premier League but we are getting a lot closer - soon we will be above them in the league.” Peter Crouch, 2010.
“Can Arsenal finish above us? No. No chance. We’re better” Rafael van der Vaart, 2011.
“There's no reason why we can’t finish above them.” Gareth Bale, 2011.
“I’ve been saying it for a number of years now, but I feel that this year we’re in a very good position to finish above Arsenal” Ledley King, 2011.
“I think now we have over taken them on the pitch.” Gareth Bale, 2012.
Do you think Tottenham can beat Arsenal, then finish above them?
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