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Spurs vs. Arsenal

White Hart Lane

21/04/07

12:45

On Sky

Tiny Totts V Arsenal

Gooners all over the world could be celebrating St Totteringham's day if Arsenal avoid defeat in tomorrow's North London Derby.

If you believe in omens then you'll be pleased to hear taht they are good for Arsenal. The Gunners are starting to find some form again after a dreadful couple of weeks inwhich they lost 3 consecutive league games. Tottenham on the other hand, are starting to fall out of their fantastic vein of form that saw them scoring goals for fun only a few weeks a go. Infact, our little neighbours have won only 1 of their last 6 games!

Victory is equally important for both teams. If Arsenal win, not only are they gaurenteed a Champions League place next season but they will move back upto third, even if it is only till Liverpool play again.

If Tottenahm win they'll move upto 7th - the final European place in the League. They will also delay the inevitable St Totts' day!

For all those Gooners making the risky journy, enjoy the game, out sing the tiny totts in their own yard and most importantly, keep safe!

Vital Quotes:

Tottenham's Teemu Tainio: 'Winning would mean everything. We've had some disappointments this season, especially because we didn't manage to get to a cup final, including against Arsenal.

'We've been close so many times and this time we have to make sure it's not just close, but that it's done.

'It's good we've had a full week's preparation before Arsenal, everyone knows how important this game is, we need the points and it's a must-win game for us.'


Arsene Wenger praised his players spirit, while maintaining that it's important they finish the season as well as possivle: 'We have just won two games and we want to keep winning until the end of the season.

'It's important to finish well and to start again next season with the squad we have.

'We have gone through a little bit of a difficult period but the players have a fantastic spirit and fantastic quality and I follow what I deeply feel which is that they will be up for it from the first game next season.'

Spurs Team News:

Skipper Ledley King is back along with Tom 'Give me more pie' Huddlestone.

Lee Young-Pyo, Anthony Gardner and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are all out, Robbie Keane and Paul Stalteri are doubts.

Player to watch: Ledley King

If Spurs are to have any, and I mean ANY chance, this man will be key for them. They've leaked goals left, right and centre without him this season. He also has 2 goals in the last two league meetings between the two teams at WHL.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal are without long-term suffers Thierry Henry, Robin Van Persie and Theo walcott.

The fantastic news is that Cesc Fabregas, Freddie Ljungberg and Abou Diaby are all in the squad for tomorrow.

Player to watch: Tomas Rosicky

Tommy has found slipped his shooting boots on and found some fantastic form of late. He has 2 goals in his last 2 games, and I'm sure he'll be keen to add to that on Saturday.

His powerful right foot could prove to be something of a problem for England's No.1 (snigger) Paul Robinson, if Tommy can let rip from long range then Fatty could be caught out...again.

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean has been tasked with keeping the peace for this years Derby at WHL. He's one of the less forgiving Ref's in England. He has refereed 22 matches this season, dishing out 5 red cards and 85 yellow cards, an average of just over 4 cards a game.

Match Prediction:

I'm going for a 2-2 draw. Everyone is going to be up for this, Berbatov to grab a brace for Spurs, Rosicky and Adebayor for Arsenal.






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Date:Saturday April 21 2007

Time: 2:00AM

Your Comments

St Totteringham's day will surely be this saturday :)
thenry009
STAND UP IF YOU HATE TOTTENHAM
ahops101
No, cant we keep this nice today. Some of the spurs boys on here yesterday were very well mannered & constructive rather than being complete p*****. Anyway today's the big match............Arsenal women in the 1st leg of the uefa cup final, live on eurosport. I believe the first english team to ever get there.
Ashburton Gooner
i actually think its going to be a draw, all spuds first half, all arsenal second half. possibly a couple of controversial moments, maybe Jol won't see our player on the floor or something. maybe spurs will dine out at a marriot ? my spurs guys at work said the worst thing spurs can do is score first, cos then they take the foot off the gas. Cesc, Bert and co know what it means to win the NLD !
PUREGOLD
If The Arsenal avoid defeat today, it will confirm not only that St Totteringhams day celebrations may begin, but also that the flacid Hotsperms cannot reach their points total of last season. Another limp season from our not so friendly neighbours.
JakeB
I actually think we are goona play them off the park. I have been to the last three home games, and boy we played some great stuff and won two out of three(although we should have won three out of three). Spuds wont be able to live with us today, they struggled against wigan.
gunnerb
gunner they only struggled against a wigan team because a) wigan needed points and b) tehy were still down after europe. both teams will raise their game today because of the game itself and everything else goes out the window. didn't realise spurs could have a lower points total than last year if they don't win today.
PUREGOLD
I dont feel especially confident playing this shower today, so I hope you guys are right and we chew them up and spit them out. I think this will end 4-1 - to us if we are undistracted, or to them if our minds are elsewhere. If we beat them, it would be funny if they didnt even qualify for the UEFA cup - poor spuds, hanging onto the coat-tails of Everton and Bolton.
Andy-bayor
Guys don't get too cocky, it might bite you in the a.ss. Anyway that stuff is for spurs fans; getting too cocky than falling flat on their faces. I am not in a great confident mood since our defence have been really crap so you can't really take the ***** out of their defence. At least they have King back now, we have no organiser in our back four. But I hope they get better the longer they play together.
Firebrand_Gooner
I actually wake up today with the feeling that we will lose :( Every run must come to an end and I think today could be the day for us. But don't be disheartened, we're without big players and a win for Spurs will hold nothing aside from a few bragging rights. Better this year than last year eh!!
Rocky7
Sorry guys but I've got a feeling think that we're gonna lose this one today 2-1. Not because they're the better team but just by sheer law of average. It's like the great boxer against a poor one. The great boxer lands 10 good punches and every now and again the poor boxer lands a little fly swatter. I think we may get our fly swatter today chaps, but in the great scheme of things, it won't make the blindest bit of difference. If I'm wrong then I'd be ever so slightly delighted 8-)
flv
We will WIN! Easy win aswell, the 7-0 game is surely today!
Goofle
Nice to see Zokora up to his usual diving antics! Cheating little Ethan Hunt!
simmy8_2000
hmmm 1-0 down, coming a bit too familier this is, going 1-0 down...
gunner-minesh
how the hell did adebayor miss that... this is groundhog day evrytime we're playing.. aren't the players themselves sick and tired of going 1-0 down.. i don't see this trend stopping with the players we have..they've had 1 whole season and yet they continue with this.. again conceding from a corner.. far too many errors from diaby as well.. hope fabregas restores something for us
McGooner
Maybe Baptista can play today? It is sunny afterall!
simmy8_2000
Pls make me understand.. how can 1 team hit the post 3 times in 15 mins but yet are not winning.. why is it happening to us on such a regular basis.. i just can't comprehend this
McGooner
YYYEEAAAAAAHHHHHSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Get in there!
simmy8_2000
Adebayyyyyyyooooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
McGooner
*****KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK.
AB_Arsenal
If Baptista plays another minute of football in Arsenal I will be very upset with Arsene. What a****. As for the sp*rs, all I can say is YOU'LL NEVER BEAT THE ARSENAL!!!! HAPPY ST. TOTTERINGHAM'S TO ALL OF YOU!
G4L
That ain't fair-last ssecond dam it!, o well, forget third, 4th will have to do,,,
gunner-minesh
A goal conceeded from corner & a goal conceeded at the death. What's new? I wonder if we can ever produce anything without Fabregas...
Joe_@**
F3ckin embarassing drawing against a team as ****e as the spuds...
saisho
Totally Agree BEAST GO....LEHMANN IDIOT.
AB_Arsenal
frankly i enjoyed the game, would have been nice to get the three points but its cool. at least they brought it on this time its the first game that felt like a derby this season
mish
I can hardly wait to see a comment from the sp*rs... (grinning evilly)
G4L
Man of the Match Abou Diaby. What a monster today. The pie-eater from sp*rs is not half the player he is.
G4L
I hope Bolton and Everton don't win now they have a chance to close the gap.
AB_Arsenal
Just look at the reaction of their fans to Jenas goal, says it all really about how far they are behind us. I think the FA seriously need to punish the spuds though, because this pitch invasion by spuds fans is a very familar sight this season & they show up the whole of england in europe.................Talking of europe, the big game of the day saw the arsenal women win the away leg of the uefa cup final in sweden 0-1.
Ashburton Gooner
AB_Arsenal: they can only close the gap to 7 points, and we only have 3 games left to play, and we'll win vs Chelsea next game anyway!
ptv-
ptv- we are only 9 point ahead of Everton and Bolton and they have a possible 12 points left to get so they can overtake us by three points.
AB_Arsenal
Oh, I counted one point too many for us. Still doesn't change the fact that we will secure CL with a win over Chelsea though :p
ptv-
Or even Fulham, not Chelsea.
ptv-
AB, Everton still have to play man utd & chelski. Bolton have to play Chelski so there is no chance whatsoever that they will overtake us.
Ashburton Gooner
the sun says Jenas scored a 'winner'. LMAO
G4L
Don't they wish eh G4? 8-) Maybe we should with them all a happy St Totteringhams day!
flv
*with - wish! Too much beer or Eubank, take your pick.
flv
Well i wont be totally happy until 4th place is secured mathematically.
AB_Arsenal
I love how the fans and players alike celebrated an equaliser in a home game of a local derby as if they won the Champions League (closest they'll ever get). This has to be the biggest inferiority complex in world football, and makes Atletico's to Real's in Madrid look subtle, funny funny stuff. Muppets! Have a beer or 12 for St Totteringhams day everybody, i know i am (as if an excuse is needed). On the performance i actually thought we were pretty good and both their goals were very lucky. The go ahead coming from a corner (sigh) on which Lehmann again had a hissy fit -everytime he reacts in this way you can just see the goal coming. The equaliser coming after the 4 minutes of stoppage time, and where did they pull 4 minutes from anyways? The only real question i have on the performance was why did Wenger take off rosicky for Baptista, again he was uselss and Rosicky had again been quite lively. I dont understand? Baptista should never play another game in the red and white, or yellow and black. He has something to offer but not to this team or in this league. All he did was bugger two good chances and win a free kick that probably never was. Also I now think that Lehmann has to go, i was only recently one of his biggest advocaters and actually thought his mental antics were entertaining and at times funny, though now they prove costly every second match as he loses concentration completely every time he is distracted by an opponent in the slightest. He also is getting the Seamen like flaw of allowing in way to many goals from distance (Mendes v PSV, Landzaat v Wigan, Jenas v Spurs etc.) and his judgement of when to come off his line, once impeccable, has had horrific consequences in the past year (eg; vs Barca in Paris - I know it was offside but still; vs PSV - Alex's elliminator; twice today, the first goal and the lame attempt at a punch late on), i believe the issue now is not wether to offer him a 2 year contract but who should replace him? for me Kameni, Boruc or Akinfeev.
Ozi Gooner
Agree with everything OG...Lehmann was terrible today and against Man City he cost us the goal through his poor clearance.
AB_Arsenal
WE SCORED FROM SET PIECES!!!!!!!!!!!
Farhan
Everton and Bolton both lost were into the CL :) Now i can celebrate!
AB_Arsenal
Risky journey! It's like going through a time tunnel to the 1980's!
merlin
blimey ab goon,how times have changed ,your celebrating 4th spot???!!! ,
springy
 

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