It’s derby day in north London with Arsenal and Tottenham fans giddy with excitement.
After all, while the heated fixture has never been void of importance, this year’s installment could be integral in the title race. Besides, recent seasons have seen Spurs reaching lofty positions they hadn’t previously ascertained for decades.
Nevertheless, despite Tottenham’s recent successes, Arsene Wenger maintains an impeccable record against his side’s bitterest rivals. In terms of the north London derby, Gooners shouldn’t be so harsh on their boss.
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When it comes to facing Arsenal, Spurs fans have it pretty rough.
The last time they finished higher in the league than their rivals in red came over 20 years ago. This was particularly and painfully apparent last season when Tottenham famously ‘came third in a two horse race’.
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This Arsenal dominance has coincided with Wenger’s tenure at the club and the Frenchman’s record is rather impressive.
Thanks to the research of Goal.com, it has been revealed that the 67-year-old has lost just seven times to his neighbours in 48 games. In addition, the last time Spurs won at the Emirates came in 2010 when Marouane Chamakh and Rafael van der Vaart were on the scoresheet.
The early years of the noughties proved particularly dire for Tottenham. This is no better demonstrated by the fact that Thierry Henry never lost a north London derby and plied his trade in England for eight years.
Nevertheless, four of those seven Tottenham victories have come in the last five years. It serves to exemplify just how far the White Hart Lane based side have come along, despite their continued derby frustrations.
Mauricio Pochettino is yet to lose against Arsenal in the league though. Wenger has beaten 10 permanent Spurs managers during his reign, but his current opposite number isn’t one.
That being said, Pochettino has tasted defeat to the Gunners in the League Cup, virtue of a Mathieu Flamini brace.
However, that’s history and there is no reason why Tottenham can’t rack up an eighth win against Wenger at the Emirates this afternoon.
Their form coming into the clash doesn’t bode well though. If Pochettino’s men are to draw level with Arsenal in the table with a win, they’ll need to end a run of six games without a victory.
Consequently, the formbook certainly leans in favour of the Gunners who have lost just one game in seven months.
However the game plays out though, it has all the makings of a classic.
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