5 obscure stats about north London derby history

Bukayo Saka scores against Tottenham Hotspur in 2021

Saturday sees our local rivals head across the capital for the north London derby - a fixture rich with historic moments and drama.

Ahead of the game, we’ve delved into the record books to bring you some of the more obscure statistics from our meetings with Tottenham, and give you all the trivia you need to impress your mates wherever you’re watching this iconic clash.

Home comforts


Made in Hale End! | Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham | 2021/22

When it comes to meetings on our own turf, we have dominated recent proceedings, and have lost just two of our 30 Premier League home games against Spurs (W17 D11).

Indeed, it is nearly 12 years since Tottenham last left Emirates Stadium having claimed three points. Aside from that 2-1 defeat in November 2010, our only other blemish came back in the division’s inaugural season in 1992/93, meaning we’re currently on a run of 11 league meetings unbeaten on our own patch.

A history of high scores


Five-star showing! | Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham | 2012/13

Arsenal v Tottenham is the fourth-highest scoring fixture in Premier League history (171), behind only our encounters with Liverpool (175) and Everton (172), as well as Liverpool v Spurs (172). That equates to an average of 2.85 goals per game across our 60 meetings.

On four occasions there have been games that have seen seven or more goals: successive 5-2 home wins for us in 2012, a 4-4 draw at Emirates Stadium in 2008, and the 5-4 win at White Hart Lane back in 2004 where Robert Pires grabbed what proved to be the winner.

Penalty prominence


Ice-cool Lauren | Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham | 2001/02

There have been 21 goals netted from the penalty spot in matches between north London’s two clubs during the Premier League era – the most any single fixture has produced in the competition’s history.

You have to go back to the 2017/18 campaign for the last season that didn’t see a penalty awarded in one of our meetings home or away, and only Alan Shearer against Everton has scored more spot-kicks against a specific opponent in Premier League history than Harry Kane has against us, with six of his 13 strikes coming from 12 yards.

Comeback kings


Classic comeback | Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham | 2011/12

We have enjoyed some topsy-turvy encounters against our neighbours in recent times, such as overturning a two-goal deficit to record a convincing 5-2 victory in February 2012.

In fact, Tottenham have dropped more points from leading positions against us than any other side has against another in Premier League history (45), and have let leads slip in 19 of our 60 top-flight meetings since 1992 - 11 of which came in N5.

Late drama overdue?


Wenger's first derby | Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham | 1996/97

There have been six goals scored in the 90th minute or later in Premier League history in matches between us and Spurs, but none since the 4-4 draw in October 2008 when Aaron Lennon denied us victory.

As well as that 14-year wait for added-time agony or ecstasy, there’s never been a winning goal scored during stoppage-time of a Premier League north London derby, despite Tottenham enduring 24 last-gasp losses in that period, the most any club has suffered.

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