the north face uk sale Everything you need to know about the rivalry between Arsenal Tottenham
Arsene Wenger’s side came out on top in the first encounter back in November, triumphing 2 0 at the Emirates Stadium, so Spurs will be desperate for revenge.
It is one of England’s longest running and fiercest rivalries, dating back to the early 20th century and there have been plenty of full blooded battles between the teams.
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But how did it come about and who has been more successful? Ahead of the game,Goal takes a look at some of the key details about the north London derby.
How to watch the north London derbyIn the United Kingdom (UK), the game between Tottenham and Arsenal is available to watch live on television on BT Sport 1 and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app.
US TV channelOnline streamBT Sport 1BT Sport appIn the United States (US), the game can be watched live on TV on NBCSN and it can be streamed live usingfubo TV (7 day free trial).
Arsenal vs Tottenham rivalry
The first ever league meeting between Arsenal and Tottenham came on December 4, 1909, with Arsenal winning the game 1 0 thanks to Walter Lawrence goal. The game was not then known as a north london derby, because it wasplayed at Arsenal’s old home of the Manor Ground in Plumstead, an area of south east London.
A rivalry between the teams began to develop in earnest four years later when Arsenal moved from Plumstead to Highbury in 1913. Their new home put the Gunners within four miles of Spurs’ home ground White Hart Lane and a natural local rivalry sprang up.
Since then, supporters have cultivated a lively, but largely friendly,
sense of competitiveness between each other. Overall, Arsenal fans have had much more to celebrate than their Spurs counterparts in terms of major honours and they have enjoyed greater head to head success.
The Gunners have won 13 league titles, 13 FA Cups, two League Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Spurs, on the other hand, have wontwo league titles, eight FA Cups andfour League Cups. They do boast more continental silverware though, having won the UEFA Cup twice and the Cup Winners’ Cup once.
In 181 games between them,Arsenal have won more, beating Tottenham 76 times. Spurs have won 56 of the matches and there have been 49 draws. The Gunners won the last meeting their 76th victory on November 18 2017 when they won 2 0 at the Emirates Stadium, with goals coming from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez.
North London derby overall winsTotal gamesArsenal winsDrawsTottenham wins181764956As of 18 November 2017.
What is St Totteringham’s Day?
Arsenal fans have created a tongue in cheek day of celebration for when it is mathematically impossible for Tottenhamfinish above them in the league.
The unofficial ‘holiday’is known as St Totteringham’s Day and it is basically an excuse to lord it over their rivals.
The concept first appeared on fan websites in the early 2000s and subsequently gathered notoriety through the decade before gaining mainstream recognition in 2010.
Spurs fans had similarly dubbed 14 April St Hotspur Day following their FA Cup semi final win over Arsenal in 1991.
North London derby top scorers
In the Premier League era, Emmanuel Adebayor boasts the most number of North London derby goals with eight strikes to his name. Six of those came while he was an Arsenal player and two came during his time at Spurs.
Former Gunners midfielder Robert Pires follows Adebayor with seven goals and Harry Kane is next having hit the Arsenal net six times in the competition. Remarkably, Kane is ahead of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry,
who is tied with Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale on five each.
The two teams have been involved in some memorable matches over the years and they have inflicted plenty of heartache on each other too.
League titles have been decided in games between them and they have come up against each other on a number of occasions in the latter stages of the FA Cup.