Massive game, just massive and it’s about time we stopped all this faffing around against that lot down the road and give them a good battering – get the pride back on our side of London!!
So, 1.30pm today, home at the Emirates and a fixture that brings out the largest number of supporters from London – two clubs go head to head, both with a wealth of history…
The rivalry began in 1919 when Arsenal finished fifth in the then second division but rumoured skullduggery saw Arsenal promoted to the first division at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur who were relegated.
Tottenham’s club and supporters were up in arms but the footballing authorities were quite happy to have the better side in and Tottenham out. Tottenham’s supporters have always held that against us and the bitter rivalry started, rules were different in those days and their supporters have never forgiven or forgotten and nor have we – Shame eh!
It has to be recognised that Tottenham are having the best season they have had for quite a few years and right now they are leading us by 10 points!!
They are getting all the plaudits, some even suggest they are playing attractive football, maybe at times the best in the Premier League, causing problems for most of their opponents and that they deserve to be sat in third place.
Harry Redknapp has transformed his team, he has managed to keep Luka Modric who was head-hunted and he also signed Scott Parker on a free transfer which has turned out to be a master stroke. Redknapp also negotiated a loan for our old centre forward Adebayor from Manchester City, another good piece of business in my view as he has scored his fair share of goals since his move.
The old wheeler-dealer has been in the news just lately in a court battle with the tax people but in the end he was adjudged to be innocent of all charges against him. Surprisingly, the same day he was found innocent, the current England Manager Fabio Cappello handed in his resignation. It could be suggested that the timing was perfect…..
Mr Redknapp had been a firm favourite of the FA to take over from Mr Cappello at the end of the Euro’s but he’s yet to be approached and in the meantime, Stuart Pearce has been placed in charge and he’s told the FA that he would be prepared and honoured to take the job full-time…..
Maybe Mr Redknapps luck has finally run out!!
Tottenham drew first blood over us this season with a 2.1 win at White Hart Lane and the rivalry from both sets of supporters will be reaching fever pitch by the time kick off approaches.
Will we get our own back or will Tottenham do the double over us, 3 o’clock today will reveal all.
We are having one of those seasons that feels like groundhog day, fairly good until the pressure builds up and then we hit the self destruct button which is where we are now!
We still have injury problems which has been the case all season, we have just gone through a transfer window and have not signed any players, yet miraculously we are still fifth in the league.
This is a huge game for us, if ever there was a must win game this is it!
Captain Robin says:
What better way to set things straight again than to beat Spurs? I would rather be playing them now than on any other day, and we know that a win is absolutely vital.
Bloody right Robin…. Bloody right!!
Our last couple of games resulted in a 4-0 & 2-0 loss so we can only improve and it is against Yids!
Sorry I have tried for all I’m worth to try and be polite but its the Spuds, The Swampies, The Scum, The Filth and we must beat them, batter them, absolutely annihilate them!!
Will our boys need a team talk?
They shouldn’t need one should they, if our boys are not up for this game they should not be in the red and white that represents OUR club, our history and just what days like today mean to us!
Come on you gunners fight for your lives and give us the win we deserve.
Written by Steve Palmer