There's always a first time for everything and in Arsene Wenger's case, a good 19 years have passed before he had to endure something he would have like to avoid for the rest of his managerial career at the Emirates. For the first time, the Frenchman failed to take Arsenal to the Champions League this season, and also for the first time, Tottenham Hotspur were looking down at his team in the league table after Mauricio Pochettino's team finished 2nd in the table in 2016-17.
For Tottenham Hotspur, finally the sun is shining brightly and it seems as if they are ready to come out of the doldrums to challenge the established order of English football. With a new stadium to come next season and a squad filled with the unique and the young talent, things are only looking up and only up for this North London side which has been living in austerity for far too long.
Time is a funny fickle thing too. Gone are the days when Wenger used to take his team to the White Hart Lane with a roar that signaled how superior Arsenal were to Spurs. White Hart Lane is no more and Spurs are also not the team that played in fear at their famous old ground. They play at Wembley and it may not be a den, but the temporary shelter is finally feeling like home for the 'COYS' shouters. Spurs have been so impressive in home matches that the former Monaco manager has to cope with the underdog tag too when he shakes hand with Pochettino before the referee blows his whistle.
The home team has racked up some impressive performances at Wembley which includes big wins against Liverpool and Manchester United. The only defeat came at the hands of defending Champions Chelsea and since then they are unbeaten at home in Premier League matches. Though the home team is 5th in the table, they can move past both Liverpool and Chelsea to 3rd if they win against their fierce rivals in this hotly anticipated North-London derby.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are having a topsy-turvy season. They are as unpredictable as the mid-table teams and you never know what you may get from them. After beating Crystal Palace 4-1 in the Premier League followed by a stunning 2-1 win in the 2nd leg of League Cup against Antonio Conte's Blues which booked their place in the final against Manchester City, the once-invincibles came crashing down at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City comprehensively beat them 3-1 in that match. Their away form also suggests that they may find it hard to earn anything substantial at Wembley as they have not won an away match against their top-6 rivals since the 2015-16 season. In fact, the Gunners have won just three times in the last 13 away matches in the Premier League, losing six times in those games.
Total Matches- 194
Tottenham- 62 wins, Arsenal- 81 wins, Draw- 51
Biggest wins: Arsenal- 6-0 in 1935, Tottenham- 5-0 in 1911 and 1983
Take a look at more statistics-
1. In the last seven Premier League matches, both teams have won two and drawn three times against each other.
2. With 28 points in 13 games at Wembley, Tottenham are the 4th best team in home matches in the Premier League this season.
3. If either of the two teams failed to score in the match, this will be only the 3rd such instance in the last 37 Premier League matches that a team wins the North London Derby by goals-to-nil in their favor.
4. Harry Kane has scored six goals in his last six games against Arsenal in all competitions.
5. With just 13 points in the last 13 away Premier League matches, Arsenal are only the 9th best team on the road.