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Arsenal v. Tottenham

Arsenal
vs.
Tottenham

Emirates Stadium

28/10/08

20:00

On Sky

The first North London Derby of the season is upon us, as Harry Redknapp brings last place Tottenham to the Emirates Stadium to face the Arsenal. Everyone involved with both clubs knows the passion, drama, and importance these games mean on and off the pitch, and as with every derby this one has its own special storyline. The Ramos Revolution is well and truly over with at White Hart Lane, and Spurs have brought in a manager that will surely have his players fired up, ready to fight till the very end to avoid another loss in the 08/09 edition of the Barclay's Premier League.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene Wenger wants to see his squad just play their game in this fixture. 'I believe what is important tomorrow is how well Arsenal will play and not who sits on the bench at Tottenham.

'We have put a run together and that has strengthened our belief.

'We want now to go from strength to strength - we have come back to an interesting position in the league and we are highly convinced that it will be down to our strengths tomorrow more than anything else.'

The Frenchman is also not focusing at all on Harry. 'I believe if there is one game that is a bit special, it is Tottenham versus Arsenal so I don't think that will change a lot,' he explained.

'Certainly in the longer term future it will change things for Tottenham, the fact that Harry has taken over, but I believe in tomorrow's specific game it is more about how well we will play and I believe that is more important than anything else.

'I am very confident because we have a very strong united spirit in the dressing room and we want to do well.

'We have shown that in recent games, we won at Fenerbahce, we won at West Ham, we have beaten Everton in a convincing way and we want to keep that going.'

Adebayor has taken pity on Spurs. "I think every player feels sorry for them," Adebayor told talkSPORT Magazine.

"They have a strong team, good players and I'm sure that in a few months they'll be back winning games. At the moment they lack confidence and when you lack confidence it's always difficult to win games. But at the moment Tottenham are really bad."

Redknapp will be hoping that his team will be able to ride the momentum of their first win of the season on Sunday against Bolton. 'Going to the Emirates Stadium is always difficult and there will be a great atmosphere.

'But I was impressed with how we played on Sunday [when Spurs beat Bolton 2-0].

'I was also impressed with the players in training who weren't even playing and if we can show our quality we will quickly move up the table.'

Arsenal Team News:

Denilson will return to the squad, but after Song's great preformance against West Ham, Denny's starting place is in some major doubt. Wenger confirmed in his own sneaky, clever way that he will have his first choice defense back for this game, as both Sagna and Kolo have recovered from their respective injuries.

Possible Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Toure, Clichy, Walcott, Song, Fabregas, Nasri, van Persie, Adebayor

Player to watch: Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor has relished in the Pires like role of always being a thorn in Tottenham's side. The Togolese international has a gifted knack of scoring against Spurs. Since his transfer to Arsenal in January of 2006, he has scored a grand total of 7 goals against Arsenal's North London rivals. Add that to the massive confidence boost he received over the weekend, will no doubt see him cause all sorts of problems for Spurs.

Tottenham Team News:

Both of Spurs first choice centre backs are doubtful for this game. King has already played 2 games in a row so a visit to the treatment room is on the cards, and Woodgate is still struggling with a groin injury. Their next option at centre back is also out, because Micheal Dawson will still be suspended for his red card against Stoke. Though Gareth Bale will return to the squad.

Player to watch: Luka Modric

The young Croatian played his first good game for Spurs against Bolton, and he will hoping that he can continue his good form against Arsenal. There's no doubt that when he plays for Croatia the quality is there, but since his move to White Hart Lane, he has yet to show it on a consistent basis. I suspect Song will be looking to mark the diminutive midfielder out of the contest.

Match Facts & Stats

Once again, van Persie will be looking to reach a half century of goals for the club.

Almunia will be making his 50th Premier League appearance for Arsenal.

Sagna will be making his 50th start for Arsenal.

Home and away

League (inc PL): Arsenal 59 wins, Spurs 45, Draws 38

Prem: Arsenal 13 wins, Spurs 5, Draws 14

at Arsenal only

League (inc PL): Arsenal 36 wins, Spurs 17, Draws 18

Prem: Arsenal 9 wins, Spurs 1, Draws 6

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson will be the head official for this big fixture. He has refereed 5 Premier League matches this season, handing out 13 yellows and no reds. His card per game count is 2.6.

Match Prediction:

This is not going to be a walk in the park like it would of been if Ramos was still managing, but Arsenal have the quality to break down this Tottenham side especially with their injuries in defense. I am going to say 3-0 to the Arsenal, with Adebayor scoring at least one and van Persie getting in on the act as well.

Next Fixtures:

1/11-- Stoke City(A)-- Premier League

5/11-- Fenerbache(H)-- Champions League

8/11-- Manchester United(H)-- Premier League


Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Tuesday October 28 2008
Time: 6:55PM

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Comments

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Its not going to be easy, but I believe we can win by that scoreline, if we come out and look to crush their new found spirit early.
gunnerkid107
28/10/2008 19:13:00
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Gunnerkid, it should be easy, the spuds have lost theyr main strikers and theyr defence is even crappier than ours, so 3 - 0 is a very reasoneble scoreline to exspect.
Armory
28/10/2008 19:38:00
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every game is diff, arsenal are expected to win, we can ony hope for a draw, this is a derby so form goes out window. just want a good performance from our lads, after problems of last few months. neways should be a good game
123spurs
28/10/2008 20:00:00
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armory, just like hull an fulham......
123spurs
28/10/2008 20:18:00
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My oh my look what is surfacing now, a new manager and the spuds start to surface again I suppose you will be going for the fourt place now 123spud.
Armory
28/10/2008 20:24:00
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hey its the media sayin 4th ok buildin us up...looks like aarsenl will claim 4th just ahead of villa, well ony way to chamapion leagues is 4th for ye guys, YES we have failed ok, but havent arse failed in last 3 years supposed to be top team and have won nothing, so where kinda even, not hear for stupid banter, just a fan love of the game
123spurs
28/10/2008 20:29:00
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123 It's much more than the media, the spuds fan sides are full of statements about spuds coming glory and of Arsenals fall from the top 4 every summer, as for lack of tropies for the last 3 years we have gone throug a barren spell after wenger took over before and came back to win another double and I can see no reason why that can not happen again, just last year we where 3 and only 4 points behind the camps. Not to mention that we have had the additional burden of financing a new statium, I'm sure if you look into the spending of the two clubs for the last three years Arsenal spent much less and finished much higher than spuds every year.
Armory
28/10/2008 20:39:00
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i agree with what ur sayin, but not all fans agree we can get in to top 4, yes we are tryin, an certin thing have not worked out due to backroom problems. as u an arse fan must be frustrated cause they have everything but missin something also. im from ireland, so riverly aint that much here.
123spurs
28/10/2008 20:46:00
0
whats this??? civilized banter between the spuds and us gunners??? I believe our team will decide how this one goes we have had inconsistency in attitude and if we stay focused we should win if we approach it like we deserve to win and spuds should lay downthen it will be tough...talentwise? no comparison...desire? we will find out tonight...
anonymous
28/10/2008 21:01:00
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I'd say that the worst thing to appen to spuds was levi. At the time Wenger arrived you where not so far behind Arsenal but have stagnated and gone backwards in the last decade, as for the missing pice at Arsenal is a bit of luck, our indjuris last season where bad and we simply dont have the financial muscle at this time to have a bigger and better paid squad, rociky rvp eduardo all long term injuries last season with denilson diaby gallas etch etch out for shorter periods, when playing at the top you need your top players for the whole season or same quality replacements.
Armory
28/10/2008 21:03:00
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