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Tiny Totts V Arsenal

Spurs
vs.
Arsenal

White Hart Lane

21/04/07

12:45

On Sky

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.


Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Saturday April 21 2007
Time: 2:00AM

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Comments

0
St Totteringham's day will surely be this saturday :)
thenry009
21/04/2007 03:19:00
0
STAND UP IF YOU HATE TOTTENHAM
ahops101
21/04/2007 05:07:00
0
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
21/04/2007 07:37:00
0
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
21/04/2007 08:28:00
0
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
21/04/2007 09:27:00
0
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
21/04/2007 09:28:00
0
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
21/04/2007 10:01:00
0
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
21/04/2007 10:15:00
0
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
21/04/2007 10:16:00
0
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
21/04/2007 10:24:00
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