• The first ever meeting between Spurs and Arsenal was on November 19, 1887. The only known match report, from 'The Weekly Herald', described it thus: "Tottenham Hotspur v Royal Arsenal - The 'Spurs at once began to attack, but 10 minutes from the start, the Arsenal scored a lucky goal. From this point, the visitors were pressed throughout, and, had it not been for the spendid defence of F. Beardsley (Notts Forest), in goal, the score would have been much larger. Through darkness, the game was stopped 15 minutes before time, the 'Spurs winning by 2 goals to 1."
  • Arsenal's first match against Tottenham at Highbury did not take place until January 22, 1921, despite Arsenal having moved to the ground eight years previously. Arsenal won the match 3-2 with two goals from Rutherford and another from White.
  • The rivalry between Arsenal and Spurs dates back to the Gunners' early years at their North London home. Understandably, Arsenal's decision to move from their Woolwich base into Spurs' heartland sparked a natural rivalry, but other events reinforced this. When the League was abandoned in 1915 due to the First World War, Arsenal had finished fifth in the old Second Division while Spurs had ended their campaign at the bottom of the old First Division. After the war, there were plans to expand the First Division from 20 to 22 clubs. Normal procedure was to re-elect the teams which finished bottom the previous season and promote the top two clubs from the Second Division. Despite finishing fifth in the Second Division, Arsenal owner Sir Henry Norris successfully negotiated a place back in the top flight at the expense of Spurs among other clubs. Spurs didn't have to wait long to return to the First Division. They were promoted the following year and soon met Arsenal for the first time at Highbury.
  • Arsenal's biggest home win over Tottenham was a 5-1 rout on October 20, 1934. Arsenal went on to clinch their third title in a row that season, whilst Tottenham finished bottom and were relegated.
  • Tottenham's best away result at Arsenal has been a 3-0 victory, which they have recorded on two occasions, in 1912 and 1954.
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 25 games against Tottenham, home and away.
  • Arsenal are currently in the best unbeaten run that any team has enjoyed over the other. The run currently stands at 17 consecutive North London derbies without loss for the Gunners.
  • Tottenham have not won away at Arsenal since 1993. That 3-1 defeat was the Gunners final game before the 1993 FA Cup Final, where George Graham fielded an entirely different XI to those that lined up against Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley four days later.
  • Arsenal have clinched the league title twice at the home of our rivals. In 1971 Arsenal needed a win or a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane to win the title. Ray Kennedy headed home with minutes remaining but recalled "that was the longest three minutes I have ever known, I remember thinking to myself as Tottenham came back at us that perhaps it might have been better had my header not gone into the net." Wenger's 'Invincibles' also clinched the league title at Spurs' home in 2004. Goals from Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires gave us the point we needed to be crowned champions.
  • Arsenal and Tottenham have contested the FA Cup Semi-Final on three occasions. Tottenham won the first, in 1991, 3-1 with goals from Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker. Arsenal exacted revenge two years later with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Tony Adams, and went on to make it two wins to one in 2002 with a 2-1 win over our rivals at Old Trafford.
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29 Jan 2007