Hi all.

The countdown to the second North London Derby of the season is well underway and pre-match chat from the players has begun. As a player at either club, this is probably the one they want to win the most. A rivalry between the two clubs and fans has been around since before you or I was born and it’ll live on long after we’ve left this world too.

Mo Elneny:

We know it’s a special game for all of us in the derby, and we go there full of confidence and we’ll go for three points.

Emile Smith Rowe:

I can’t wait and the lads can’t wait as well. I am sure we will do well. I think it would be massive for us and it couldn’t come at a better time. We are feeling really good at the moment. All the boys know what it means to play in these kinds of games. We are all going to rest up now and get ready for it.

Once upon a time, our rival’s experienced lifting silverware at the end of a season. Not very often admittedly but they, honest. They even managed to win the old First Division back in 1950-51 and again in 1961. I know Arsenal haven’t won the League for a while either but at least our last League title win was this century. They have the FA Cup eight time, the last being back in 1991, in fact the only silverware they’ve won this century is a League Cup. Arsenal however have won numerous FA Cups this century, the last, Mikel Arteta’s first, was just two and a half years ago.

Tottenham have Conte, a manager who history would tell us, likes to have here and now players and plenty of money to spend on his squad. Mikel Arteta has spent money, not huge amounts in comparison to Chelsea, Man City etc, but his plan has been to sign mostly young players, Zinchenko and Jesus being the exception but even they are still very young in footballing years. The Spaniard is not only building a squad for the present, but for the future too. Conte, we’ll I’ve no idea what he’s doing barring moan.

As far as form goes, Arsenal go into the weekend’s game in the best form we could wish for. The draw against Newcastle Utd was frustrating but they seemed to have little interest in winning the game so unless Conte decides to park the bus, the game should be more open. In this same fixture earlier in the year, Arsenal had a shocker losing 3-0. Rob Holding got himself sent off with just 33 minutes played.

But look at the team Mikel Arteta started with:


No White, Tierney or Partey. Since then the club has added  Saliba, Zinchenko and Jesus although the latter won’t feature. Nor I suspect will Soares, Elneny or Holding. Sometimes in sport, it’s not only about which players are missing from a team but the quality of those who replace them on the day.

We haven’t won a League game at Tottenham’s ground since 2014. We’ve not finished above them in the League since the 2015/16 season. Seven years! I want to know who broke one of the mirrors in the Arsenal changing room….

I think we have a great opportunity to put an end to the rotten run we’ve been on in this fixture. To take back control of north London and widen the gap between ourselves and them on the League table.

In transfer news, or rather, gossip, the Mykhailo Mydryk saga might just be coming to an end. That’s if back pages have got it right. I’ve checked David Ornstein’s Twitter account and there’s no update but The Daily Express reckon that Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk have come to an agreement on the transfer fee for the player. I’s just need to be dotted and T’s crossed.

I’ll believe it when I see him in Arsenal kit…

See you in the comments.