North London Derby: Arsene Wenger is the Godfather

Infographic: When it comes to the North London derby, there’s only one Godfather

Arsene Wenger has reigned supreme over North London for more than two decades, can Mauricio Pochettino be his successor?

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The stats don’t make for pretty reading if you’re a Tottenham fan. Since Arsene Wenger took the helm at Arsenal in October 1996, he has faced Spurs at home 24 times and lost just once. It’s the kind of dominance you expect from a Mafia don – and only goes to hammer home the point that North London is red.

Tottenham have only tasted victory once away to Arsenal in the last 23 years, and that game in November 2010 was memorable for many reasons. The Gunners took a two goal lead inside half an hour courtesy of Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh, however after the oranges Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart levelled the tie before Younes Kaboul of all people became the match winner with five minutes to go.

Harry Redknapp was the gaffer at the time, so if he needs to update his CV at any point he can put down ‘the only Tottenham manager to beat Arsene Wenger away from home’ as a notable achievement.

Other than that minor blip, it’s been little over two decades of dominance for Le Professeur and his Arsenal side. Of their 15 wins they’ve won by three goals five times including two 5-2 thumpings in 2012. In fact in three of Tottenham’s last six league trips to the Emirates Stadium they have lost by three goals. That’s almost as scary as waking up next to a horse’s head…

This year both sides have been in flying form, and Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochetinno will be eyeing up Premier League immortality. The Gunners have followed up an opening day defeat to Liverpool with seven wins and two draws, while Tottenham are yet to suffer the bitter taste of defeat.

Spurs have taken a point off Liverpool this season, and beaten Manchester City 2-0 in a thrilling display, but they’ve drawn three games on the spin against West Brom, Bournemouth, and Leicester. Enough to suggest that unbeaten run might be coming to an end.

Arsenal are Evens to win tomorrow’s clash at the Emirates, but I’m going to offer you a price you can’t refuse. Half of Arsenal’s games this season have had four goals or more and it’s a massively tempting 4/1 that Arsenal win in a match with over 3.5 goals.

Tottenham may have the best defensive record in the league, but only two sides have more goals than Arsenal this season and the Gunners have 18 goals in their last six games in all competitions.

Revenge is a dish best served cold – but the stats suggest there won’t be any retribution dished out tomorrow afternoon.

 

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