Match Preview: Arsenal vs Spurs, my prediction, team news, lineups, etc.

Match Preview: Arsenal vs Spurs, my prediction, team news, line-ups, etc.

Today (Saturday), I got an email from Tottenham, it read:

“Dear Supporter,

Ahead of Sunday’s visit to the Emirates, we should like to make you aware that the Metropolitan Police Service will be using Live Facial Recognition technology at key locations in existing crime hotspots in Islington on the day of the match.

This technology will be used to find people who threaten or cause harm, including sex offenders and those who are wanted or have outstanding arrest warrants issued by the court. It will also be used to identify individuals who are subject to football banning orders. Signs will indicate where the technology is in use.

For more information on the Metropolitan Police Service’s use of Live Facial Recognition technology, please visit their website here.

Tottenham Hotspur”

This basically means – translating – that if you should venture into Arsenic Land, beware of Sex offenders and all types of perverts, deviants, and criminals from all walks of life … I thought, what a good advertisement it is for Arsenic Land (they are obviously on a charm offensive). If possible, keep away, but if you have to venture into such perverted lands, beware of the shit around you. So, thank you, we are warned and wary.

Now warned… to the Arsenic match and all the dangers that surround the area.

We will seek to continue our undefeated record against Digo-deviants of the land that time forgot. Yes, Arsenic host the true heirs of North London in this London derby.

Both teams sit on 13 points from the opening five games of the new season. Arsenic, however, will come into this match after their clash with PSV Eindhoven, hopefully knackered! But even if they are not, we are ready and waiting.


Match preview

Richarlison played a starring role in our most recent showdown with Sheffield United. However, before Richarlison’s introduction from off the bench, we had fallen a goal behind to Gustavo Hamer’s strike. Still, the Blades were left red-faced right at the death, as Richarlison headed home the leveller before teeing up Dejan Kulusevski to fire home a sensational late winner in the 10th minute of added time.

Breaking our own record for the latest winning comeback in Premier League history, which was previously held by the Bergwijn-inspired 3-2 success at Leicester City, we remain without defeat in the top flight since Ange Postecoglou took the reins and have only performed worse than a perfect Manchester City so far this season.

Sunday’s contest will mark the 208th competitive North London derby since Arsenal and Spurs first locked horns in 1896, during which the Gooners were a south-East London side.

Arsenal Premier League form:


Arsenal form (all competitions):


Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form:


Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions):



Spurs Team News…

Ivan Perisic suffered a serious knee injury in training and will miss most of the season.

Giovani Lo Celso, Bryan Gil, and Rodrigo Bentancur are all a few weeks away from returning.

My possible starting lineup:

Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Bissouma; Kulusevski, Maddison, Son; Richarlison


Even though I’ve predicted the right result so far (okay, apart from the Brentford game), my actual goal tally has been way off. I predict high; they go low… I predict low, and they go high (Burnley, for example).

I can see plenty of goals in this match… so I shall go for 3-2 to us, of course.

Arsenic 2 Spurs 3

Most Tottenham supporters will be hoping for a draw, but I am all out for a win.

The Highbury mugger’s powers can sometimes wane when faced with a low block; nevertheless, both teams will play attacking football… but I expect we will get the last laugh.

We must also remember that clean sheets at home still elude the North London pretenders-sneak thieves in the Premier League, and I am sure this Sunday won’t be an exception.

Either both teams will drop points, or one will come away with nothing, and I hope it won’t be us but Arsenic…



Arsenic and Old Lace are seeking to win three consecutive league games against us for the first time since a run of five between 1987 and 1989. We mustn’t let that happen.

We have won only two of our 31 Premier League visits to the Gunners, drawing 11 and losing 18.

This is the first time both sides had come into this fixture unbeaten since 1990 when we both drew 0-0 at Highbury in the season’s third game.

Arsenic and Old Lace have scored in 24 successive home North London derbies in the Premier League since a goalless draw in November 1998.


We have made our best start to a league campaign for 58 years, with four wins and one draw from our opening five fixtures.

We went on a seven-match unbeaten run from the beginning of last season (W5, D2), and our first defeat of that campaign was 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

We have scored multiple goals in each of our opening five games of a top-flight season for just the third time after 1960-61 and 1965-66.

We are seeking our 200th Premier League away victory.

Ange Postecoglou could become the first Spurs manager to register an away win in his first North London derby since Peter Shreeves, whose side won at Highbury on New Year’s Day in 1985.

James Maddison has been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 21 Premier League away appearances, with ten goals and nine assists.

So, there you have it. A game we are all looking forward to… hopefully, there is only one winner with our unbeaten record still intact.

This game and the Liverpool game will be our true test.

Remember; they deemed it important enough – and so did Tottenham – to tell us that anybody entering Arsenic territory be warned of the sort of people lurking in strange places, around North London that inhabits Arsenic and their stadium. Don’t trust them… be aware and be guarded… deviants can strike high and low at any minute, a flash of a criminal’s eye… Be warned, be careful and be suspicious, or God help you/ us!

Up the Spurs!



Paul Coyte and myself at the Tottenham Stadium.
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