Thursday 15 November 2012

Arsenal v Tottenham: The numbers game

Premierleague.com gives some essential stats to the north London derby

  • Theo Walcott scores during the 5-2 victory for Arsenal last season

  • Younes Kaboul celebrates his winner for Tottenham in 2010

  • Cesc Fabregas scored twice as Arsenal won 3-0 in 2009

  • Tottenham players are ecstatic after they fought back to draw 4-4 in 2008

  • Nicklas Bendtner heads in the winning goal for Arsenal in 2007

  • Gilberto Silva scored two penalties in the 3-0 victory for Arsenal in 2006

  • Robbie Keane scored as Spurs held Arsenal in the last derby at Highbury

  • Thierry Henry celebrates his spectacular goal in November 2002

  • Arsenal's Ian Wright scored three times against Spurs at Highbury

  • Jurgen Klinsmann, far left, headed in the equaliser for Spurs in 1995

For fans of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur the north London derby is always a key date in the diary of the Barclays Premier League season.

This Saturday afternoon will be no different as Arsene Wenger's team look to leapfrog their rivals with a home victory, while Andre Villas-Boas's seventh-placed charges will hope to maintain the pressure on the top four.

Premierleague.com has trawled through the matches between the two sides since the Barclays Premier League started in 1993 and come up with some key numbers.

For example, at 17 this fixture has had more draws than any other tie in the Barclays Premier League.

On the disciplinary front, the last red card produced was shown to Tottenham's Scott Parker in the encounter at the Emirates last season, and did you know that no player has scored a hat-trick in the north London derby since the inception of the Barclays Premier League?

Admirers of high-scoring matches are unlikely to be disappointed by Saturday's lunchtime meeting considering the last four matches between the two arch rivals at the home of the Gunners have produced an average of 5.75 goals a game. Indeed this fixture has not produced less than three goals since 2006.

Here are some more statistics from 20 seasons of this famous fixture.

Arsenal Home Tottenham
11 Wins 6
7 Draws 10
2 Losses 4
  Away  
4 Wins 2
10 Draws 7
6 Losses 11
66 Goals scored 48
1.55 Ave. pts 1.02

Past meetings at Arsenal

February 2012
Arsenal 5 (Sagna 40, Van Persie 43, Rosicky 51, Walcott 65, 68)
Tottenham 2 (Saha 4, Adebayor 34pen)

November 2010
Arsenal 2 (Nasri 9, Chamakh 27)
Tottenham 3 (Bale 50, Van der Vaart 67pen, Kaboul 85)

October 2009
Arsenal 3 (Van Persie 42, 60, Fabregas 43)
Tottenham 0

October 2008
Arsenal 4
(Silvestre 37, Gallas 46, Adebayor 64, Van Persie 68)
Tottenham 4 (Bentley 13, Bent 67, Jenas 89, Lennon 90)

December 2007
Arsenal 2
(Adebayor 48, Bendtner 76)
Tottenham 1 (Berbatov 66)

December 2006
Arsenal 3
(Adebayor 20, Gilberto Silva 42pen, 72pen)
Tottenham 0

April 2006
Arsenal 1
(Henry 84)
Tottenham 1 (Keane 66)

April 2005
Arsenal 1
(Reyes 22)
Tottenham 0

November 2003
Arsenal 2
(Pires 69, Ljungberg 79)
Tottenham 1 (Anderton 5)

November 2002
Arsenal 3
(Henry 13, Ljungberg 55, Wiltord 71)
Tottenham 0

April 2002
Arsenal 2
(Ljungberg 24, Lauren 86pen)
Tottenham 1 (Sheringham 81pen)

March 2001
Arsenal 2
(Pires 70, Henry 87)
Tottenham 0

March 2000
Arsenal 2
(Henry 20, Armstrong 20og)
Tottenham 1 (Armstrong 31)

November 1998
Arsenal 0
Tottenham 0

August 1997
Arsenal 0
Tottenham 0

November 1996
Arsenal 3
(Wright 28pen, Adams 88, Bergkamp 90)
Tottenham 1 (Sinton 57)

April 1996
Arsenal 0
Tottenham 0

April 1995
Arsenal 1
(Wright 61pen)
Tottenham 1 (Klinsmann 74)

December 1993
Arsenal 1
(Wright 65)
Tottenham 1 (Anderton 25)

May 1993
Arsenal 1
(Dickov 52)
Tottenham 3 (Sheringham 39, Hendry 46, 78)

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Key Points

  • Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in the 21st Barclays Premier League north London derby at the home of the Gunners
  • The last four north London derbies at The Emirates Stadium have averaged 5.75 goals a game
  • Premierleague.com provides all the vital statistics