Hoi! It’s the Spuds again + RVP’s back!
It’s finally here gooners…the much anticipated, no holds barred, season-defining and mouth-watering 163rd North London derby against our less than illustrious neighbours. Expect this to be a tasty match with Arsenal playing catch-up to Chelski and Spurs fighting admirably for that elusive Champions League spot. Its worth noting that we have not lost out to Spurs in the last 20 league meetings, and our last league defeat was on November 7, 1999 (1-2 at White Hart Lane). But let’s not also forget that we have not won on their turf in our last 5 visits, and with the added incentives that come with this fixture it will be blood and tears(well for Spurs I believe).
After losing out to league’s bottom team in the FA Cup Semi-Final last weekend, they’ll be looking for some reprieve and what better way to do that than against your sworn enemies. After playing 120 minutes against Pompey compared to a free weekend for us, tired legs and broken hearts should by all means play in our favour but Harry Redknapp pointed out that’s not an excuse and that the adrenaline rush of a rival-derby will carry his players through but like Arsenal he’ll have to do it without key players. Aaron Lennon who was tipped to star has been ruled out, so too are Jenas, Woodgate and Krancjar and midfield dynamo Palacios(suspension) and while our injury situation is no news, we have been boosted by the return to fitness of top striker RVP with AW prepared to play him. Sol is also set to feature.
Provided the two teams stick to the way they’ve been playing all season, it should be a great game to watch with Spurs hoping the win could boost their hopes seeing as they face Chelski, United and City in their next games. For Arsenal it’s business as usual, win the game and continue the title hunt as we attempt to put behind the on-going board drama. RVP’s return might not have the desired effect as the likes of Cesc and Arsh missing but hopefully he can chip in some goals on our way to end the season and if the game manages to stay scoreless in the closing stages, we can take comfort in the fact that we have scored in the last 10 minutes in each of their last seven league matches. In total, we have scored 17 league goals after the 80th minute this season, more than any other top-flight side .
Both teams have it all to play for tonight, money, pride, bragging rights and aspirations. I’m as confident as I usually am, just like before every Arsenal game. A win for Arsenal would mean we Gooners will get to celebrate today as St. Totteringham’s day! For those who don’t know, St. Totteringham’s day is an unofficial Gooner holiday and is that day of the League when Arsenal are mathematically assured of a league finish above Spurs!
So lads, let’s get behind this team and watch them spank the Spuds…let’s show those tiny Tots on the wrong end of the Seven Sisters who actually rules North London. Go you smoking Guns!
From wherever you are reading, have fun.
Escobar says so, 9jabred concurs!