Match Review, Tottenham vs Arsenal.

Match: Saturday 7th February 2015.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

Result: Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal.

Tottenham goalscorers: Harry Kane 56’, Harry Kane 86’.

Arsenal goalscorer: Mesut Ozil 11’.

What a game, what a win, what a performance and what a player Harry Kane is. Everything we wanted to happen in this game did. It was our day and we now own, rightfully, the bragging rights in North London. We had a game plan and we stuck to it, we played with incredible energy, desire and every time we lost the ball, we recovered it as soon as was humanly possible. The side never panicked, never stressed; there was always an air of belief around the stadium and in the players that we could get the job done and we did exactly that, it was sensational. The win further boosts our confidence going into a very tough February period, with Liverpool coming up next, we go into that game bouncing and buzzing, and hopefully, the win propels us into having a wonderful season, because a North London Derby victory can change your fortune in an instant. We need to take this feeling and buoyancy into the rest of the season, and continue to be consistent and keep working our way up the Premier League table, and I hope, we can win a trophy as well. Mauricio Pochettino has been magnificent and his tactics in the big games have been marvellous; and now I hope on Tuesday we can do it again at Anfield. It’s all begun to click at Tottenham; the fans and the players have that connection again, and White Hart Lane is rocking – the way in which we are playing, with intent, with creativity and guile as well as aggression and desire, is exactly what the fans and the whole club has craved for a long while, and under Pochettino we are starting to see it all come together, and the future really is looking bright on this side of North London. I am certainly excited to see how we can further develop on what is a really good squad and bunch of young players.

Back to the game, in the first half, we started really well, Harry Kane going close, Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose were causing a mountain of problems on that left hand side and we were looking the much more likely side to break the deadlock. But, it wasn’t to be us that struck first, as Danny Welbeck showed great pace to breeze past Danny Rose, and then delivered a good ball for Olivier Giroud, who scuffed his shot and it unfortunately it fell to Mesut Ozil, who on 11 minutes stroked the ball into the top of the net, past Hugo Lloris. 1-0, but it was an injustice considering the way in which we were playing, and after their goal, we retook the momentum, and continued our dominance of possession and we did create chances, with Erik Lamela, Danny Rose, and Ryan Mason going fairly close, but unfortunately we couldn’t get back on level terms in that first half, but there was still so much belief in all the players, and they knew they could get the goals needed. After Arsenal got their goal, they did sit back, try and frustrate us, but it didn’t work, we kept coming and kept coming and were never stressed about when the goal would come, but you could see that we knew that it was coming. In the first half there was a definite feistiness about the game, with tackles coming in from every angle, and normally it was Ryan Mason who was doing the challenging for Tottenham! He was everywhere.

The second half was all about Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur, we dominated, made the game our own, and one of own, Harry Kane, was the man who made it happen for us, along with fellow Tottenham youth products Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason in midfield who showed incredible tenacity and energy to push us onto victory. After going close with Erik Lamela, Harry Kane and Ryan Mason, with shots from outside the box, inside the box, free kicks, chances coming from corners as well; we were dominant. And, on 56 minutes, after Erik Lamela whipped in the corner, and it was Jan Vertonghen who got his head to it and guided it towards goal, with David Ospina parrying the ball into the path of Harry Kane, who composed himself before caressing the ball into the back of the net for 1-1, and then, our belief sky rockets, our performance level increases, and the noise level around White Hart Lane becomes deafening, and this North London Derby became electric. After Kane’s equaliser, we pushed so hard for that winning goal, and came close with Mousa Dembele who was brilliant throughout the game, hit a shot with his right foot and it was parried by Ospina and we were so unlucky not to get our second then and there, but, we still had many more opportunities to come, with Mason from long range straight at Ospina, Erik Lamela who skied the ball from close range and Christian Eriksen who had a chance from the free kick, but, it wasn’t going to be any of them to get the winner, but instead, our beautiful Harry Kane was destined for the winning goal, and in the 86th minute, he got it as Nabil Bentaleb lobbed a wonderful ball from deep into the box and Harry Kane rose highest and directed a peach of header past the despairing David Ospina and buried into the back of the net and White Hart Lane erupted in joy, and it looked clear that we were destined for victory in what was a brilliant performance and we had that finishing product from the magnificent Harry Kane, and he adds Arsenal to his list of clubs dismantled. Kane now has 22 goals in all competitions so far this season, and his 4th goal in 2 games. Excellent. At the end of the game, you could see what it meant to every Tottenham player and every fan. Fantastic feeling. Tottenham+Hotspur+v+Arsenal+Premier+League+TjKPRt3HeT5x There were so many fantastic displays all over the pitch for Tottenham, but there is no disputing who has to have the Man of the Match award – Harry Kane was sensational, the way he took his goals was brilliant, but the way he ran with the ball with intent, found spaces on the left, right and centre of the pitch, and used his energy and strength so well to disrupt the Arsenal defence. It was a complete display, and the only thing that was missing was the match ball, but he deserves every award that could come his way, as he was astonishing. He has shown time and time again that whoever the opposition is, he will score goals and cause problems for the opposition, and his never give up attitude is one that brings confidence to the players around him, he inspires the team with his work ethic and there is no doubting that the fans get motivated when he picks up the ball anywhere on the pitch, and the decibel level raises. He can only get better, and at 21 it really is flabbergasting how much more he can do within his career, as he isn’t the finished article, but there’s no doubt he is on the way to being just that. He in my view is producing World Class displays, week in, week out at this moment in time. Along with Harry Kane, the midfield duo of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason were outstanding, and dictated the pace of the game in the centre, spraying passes across the turf, long, short, forwards, sideways, back – everything a central midfielder should do. As well as they’re great work on the ball, they’re work off of it was just as impressive, if not more impressive. They held their positions really well, made crunching tackles, interceptions and showed incredible energy and desire to win, that no doubt pushed us to victory, with Nabil Bentaleb producing the quality assist for Harry Kane’s winning goal. At left back, Danny Rose was also brilliant, especially in the first half where Hector Bellerin was out of his depth against an in form Rose, running at him with pace and purpose, and getting crosses into the box, but unfortunately he wasn’t as accurate with his crosses as we would like, but he still showed great intent and in defence, he made great tackles and kept Danny Welbeck quiet, except unfortunately for their goal! But, he has come on leaps and bounds so far this season and it’s great to see. Young Eric Dier has been given the opportunity at centre back recently, and has risen to the occasion majestically today, being calm and composed with and without the ball, keeping Olivier Giroud at bay throughout the game and he passed the ball really well out from the back, and he is creating a very fruitful partnership with Jan Vertonghen at centre back. The final mention goes to Mousa Dembele, who was majestic in the number 10 role; he is so difficult to get the ball off of, and he passed the ball with purpose, and spread the play really well. He has hit form once again and he could become a massive player this season, as when on form he is such a different and intriguing player to watch.

What a win! It’s always a pleasure to win a North London Derby, but having a home grown talent dispatch the club from Woolwich is something special, and it puts us ahead of Arsenal in the table, which makes it further sweet for everyone at White Hart Lane. We were superb, and now hopefully we can further improve and take this confidence into our next fixtures this season, starting with Liverpool on Tuesday 10th February at Anfield. He’s one of our own and he’s the King of North London. Follow @AddictedToSpurs for everything Tottenham! Up the Spurs! COYS!!

My player ratings from the side that beat Arsenal at the Lane:
Lloris – 9
Walker – 8.5
Dier – 9
Vertonghen – 8.5
Rose – 9 (Chadli 75’ – 6.5)
Mason – 9 (Paulinho 90’ – N/A)
Bentaleb – 9
Dembele – 8.5
Lamela – 7.5 (Stambouli 89’ – N/A)
Eriksen – 8
Kane – 9.5 – Man of the Match.

Mauricio Pochettino reaction:

Ryan Mason and Harry Kane reaction:

Match Review, Arsenal vs Tottenham.

Match: Saturday 27th September 2014.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: Emirates Stadium.

Result: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham.

Arsenal GoalScorer: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 74′.

Tottenham GoalScorer: Nacer Chadli 56′.

A good, well fought point at the Emirates in the North London Derby. The game was played with desire & fight, and that’s exactly what we wanted from the team. Pochettino set the team out perfectly for this match, we were compact defensively and fast on the counter attack, but lacked that clinical edge in the final third. It wasn’t clicking, but we were looking threatening and we were causing Arsenal problems; something that is difficult to do, especially away from home. We can be proud of a good point and even better performance. It gives us more confidence in big games that we can go to difficult places and get results, stick games out, hang in there, use our grit; something we have lacked in recent times. It’s important we take this result forward and improve even further. We are a good side and under Pochettino we can develop and have a good season; I truly believe that.

In the first half, it took us a while to acclimatise to the situation, but we were still keeping Arsenal out, while trying to find our own passing rhythm. Arsenal were a little sluggish, and so were we. It was scrappy football, but passionate with a lot of tackles, interceptions and blocks being made. Defensively we were superb, composed and full of fight which is extremely pleasing as it’s been one of our main downfalls this season. We had chances in the first half, that’s for sure. On the counter attack we looked able to cut through Arsenal’s defence. Nacer Chadli and Emmanuel Adebayor having chances that really should have been goals, but as I say, we weren’t clinical in taking our chances. Arsenal had opportunities too, but they were long range efforts without really looking terribly threatening. To go in 0-0 at the break was good, we did well.

The second half was much more open, entertaining and exciting. Both teams were attacking with much more intent, and the game was being stretched with the pace of the attacks. Then, a mistake in the Arsenal ranks led to Christian Eriksen intercepting the ball, offloading it to Erik Lamela who composed himself and threaded a ball through to Nacer Chadli who picked his spot past Sczezney. 1-0, 56 minutes. An amazing moment, with the away section going mental. After the goal, it was all about holding on and getting the result. After a goal, it is subconscious to sit back and that’s what happened, Arsenal pushed and we continued to get pushed further and further back, and when that happens you need a hell of a lot of luck and grit to get through with 3 points. The goal came a little early in the end. Score at 70 or 80 minutes and I think we come out victorious but that’s not in our control, and the goal sparked Arsenal into life and the introduction of Alexis Sanchez gave them more pace and directness, making it difficult for us. Unfortunately, on 74 minutes, the ball squirmed it’s way into the box, Danny Welbeck air-shotting and then Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain behind him to power the ball into the top of the net, maybe too easily. We ended up with a point, working very hard and making sure we saw out at least a point, despite intense Arsenal pressure. I’m pleased with the players, the performance and content with a point.

There were a lot of stellar performances out on the field in this match. Non more so than captain Younes Kaboul. His performance was of a typical Tottenham captain; he led by example, giving everything, led with his mouth, ordering and organising, and played magnificently, saving the team on numerous occasions. I can’t express enough how happy I am to see him performing like Younes Kaboul again, the one we all know and love, pre-injury. If he can continue to perform like that, he can be a legendary captain of Tottenham Hotspur. Another incredible performance was from Hugo Lloris; he is a true leader in the team and shows every game that he is worth at least 15 points a season to Tottenham Hotspur, with his incredible agility, quick thinking and control of his box. Without a doubt the best Tottenham goalkeeper in recent history, and one of the best ever. The defence was just brilliant, every single one of them. Jan Vertonghen returned to the Premier League defence and added such composure, quality and fantastic communication with the rest of his defenders. He is in my opinion, very close to being World Class and he backed me up today. Danny Rose has improved incredible amounts this season, and he reached a level I didn’t think he was capable of in his defensive game – he made tackles, blocks, interceptions and everything in-between, a complete left back performance in my view, the addition of Ben Davies has pushed him into new realms of quality I’m sure a lot of people didn’t think he was capable of. Kyle Naughton and substitute Eric Dier were also brilliant, giving everything in such an important game.

A good point! A performance we can be proud of. There is still room for improvement, especially upfront, being more clinical. Let’s use this good point as a springboard to future success now. Starting with Besiktas in the Europa League on Thursday at White Hart Lane, a difficult, intense game on the horizon. Then, in the Premier League, on Sunday we face Pochettino’s old side Southampton at the Lane. Looking forward to it! COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Arsenal:
Lloris – 9
Naughton – 8
Kaboul – 9 – Man of the match.
Vertonghen – 8
Rose – 8
Capoue – 8
Mason – 8
Lamela – 6
Eriksen – 6.5
Chadli – 7
Adebayor – 5.5.

Dier – 7.5
Lennon – 6
Bentaleb – 6.5.

Mauricio Pochettino’s post match press conference:

Ryan Mason Arsenal reaction:

Match Preview, Arsenal vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Saturday 27th September 2014. 5:30pm GMT KO.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: Emirates Stadium.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1. World wide TV listings HERE.

Here it is, the North London Derby. The most intense and nerve wracking game of the season, where expectation, blind hope, support & anxiousness all merge into one. A game with incredible history, which never fails to excite the neutrals and make the fans go grey with stress. Apart from bragging rights for the fans, this game brings a massive opportunity for Tottenham, not only to return to winning ways in the Premier League, but sparking our season into life, bringing confidence to the squad and Mauricio Pochettino instant heroism with the Tottenham fans. This game always brings an opportunity to unite the club as one, no matter what is happening around the club at the time. We all know how tough this game will be, Arsenal are an incredibly talented outfit who are very difficult to beat, especially at the Emirates, but, the players have to be confident in their ability, play their own game and play with aggression, passion & grit, if all that happens, I’m confident we’ll bring home the 3 points. We’ve got to support, and hope that the players and Mauricio Pochettino perform, and bring home the three points that can go into history.

Arsenal have a good team – they are without a doubt one of the best teams in the Premier League, and will challenge at the top of the table, as they always do. Their start to the season hasn’t been perfect, far from it, they have a record of 9 games, 3 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. They haven’t found their rhythm as of yet, and have shown that they are definitely beatable, with defence seemingly their biggest downfall, conceding 10 goals in those 9 games. This is a North London Derby, though, and Arsenal will try their best to bring their A game for this match, as they so often do, so we need to call & then raise their hand. Last time out for Arsenal, they were beaten by Southampton at the Emirates 2-1 in the Capital One Cup. Arsenal were frustrated, and Southampton got their tactics spot on. If we can defend well, and be clinical in front of goal, we can get something at least from this game. In the Premier League, they beat Aston Villa comfortably 3-0 at Villa Park, where they were much more clinical and impressive. It’s going to be very tough for us.

The Team news for Arsenal is that Yaya Sanogo (hamstring), Nacho Monreal (back), Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), Olivier Giroud (ankle), Theo Walcott (knee) and Serge Gnabry (knee) are out of the game, while Mathieu Flamini (dead leg) is a doubt, but expected to return to the squad. There are quite a few important players in that injury list for Arsenal, but they will still put out a strong side, that’s for sure. Danny Welbeck looks to be the man to start up front, with Alexis Sanchez on the wing. They have a lot of attacking threats, especially from midfield. It looks as though Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere & Alexis Sanchez will line up as a the attacking midfielders, with Mikel Arteta holding, which is a very threatening midfield with a lot of quick, talented players that can cause us problems along with Danny Welbeck making runs ahead of them. Our defence will have to be on top form. In defence for Arsenal, they have had some problems, but Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are 99% sure to be their centre back duo, with Keiran Gibbs on the left and former player of Mauricio Pochettino Calum Chambers on the right, which is very strong and they will have a good understanding of each other.

The team news for Tottenham is that we have a fully fit squad to face Arsenal, with the exception of Kyle Walker (abdominal) who remains out after surgery. Great news! It’s a rarity to have a fully fit squad, and hopefully it can give us the opportunity to go to the Emirates and get a positive result. After being rested for the Capital One Cup game against Nottingham Forest, Hugo Lloris, Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele will all return to the squad, hopefully fresh and raring to go against the Gunners.

As a team, we haven’t hit full throttle. And that’s down to a lot of factors; the team not fully knowing Mauricio Pochettino’s style completely, players still adapting to the Premier League and the players all finding out each other’s games and style. But, it is also down to key players not hitting the ground running, no more so than Christian Eriksen, who was instrumental to any glimmer of success last term, but has yet to find his old form, and improve on that. As a team is difficult, because as the old saying goes, when he plays, we play. Hopefully, on the big stage against Arsenal, Christian can find his top form and be our main man once again. In the centre of midfield, debates are rife throughout the fan-base, all we know is that Etienne Capoue is, more or less, a key player in that central area, but it is who partners him which causes confusion. Mousa Dembele, Paulinho, Nabil Bentaleb and Benjamin Stambouli are fighting it out for that role, and at the moment it seems Mousa Dembele has caught the fancy of Pochettino alongside Capoue, closely followed by Nabil Bentaleb and Benjamin Stambouli, with Paulinho seemingly seen as back up for the number 10 role. In this game, I would partner Capoue with Dembele once again – I think Mousa is a fantastic player and on form is a terrific passer and controller of the game, he pips Bentaleb & Stambouli because of that, but also because he is more experienced in these situations, and more likely to keep his head! Upfront, the discussion is still whether Emmanuel Adebayor should continue up front, or should Roberto Soldado get his chance in the Premier League, with his link up play seemingly better than Adebayor’s. My view is that Adebayor continues for this game, against his former club. He’s sure to be very pumped up and I think he’s more likely of a goal than Soldado. It is a tough choice though for Pochettino. Finally, at right back, I’d play Kyle Naughton instead of Eric Dier after Kyle’s performance in midweek and I think he’s more suited to the right back role than Dier.

Match Stats & Facts provided by Opta:

– Arsenal have won four of their last five Barclays Premier League games against Tottenham (two 1-0 wins and two 5-2 wins).

– Tottenham have won just one of their last 21 Barclays Premier League games away at Arsenal.

– Arsenal last failed to score at home to Spurs in the Premier League in November 1998. Since then the Gunners have scored 38 times in 15 games.

– Tottenham have conceded six penalties in the Premier League in 2014, only Manchester United have conceded as many.

– Arsenal took 25 points from their 10 London derbies in the Premier League last season (W8 D1 L1) and defeated Crystal Palace on the opening weekend this season.

– Six of Tottenham’s seven league points this season have come in London derbies.

– If there are four goals in this game then it will become the outright highest scoring fixture in Premier League history (currently 126 goals).

– Seven points from five games is Tottenham’s slowest start since gaining just two under Juande Ramos in 2008-09.

– Arsenal (154) and Tottenham (125) are first and third respectively for dribbles attempted this season.

– Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more goals than any other player in north London derby history (8 for Arsenal and 2 for Spurs).

There’s no bigger game in the Premier League for Tottenham than facing Arsenal. A game with rich history, fierce rivalry & exciting games all in one. This match is important for our season, not only for the three points but to show we can match the top teams and compete at the top this season. It’s going to be very difficult to get three points, but all I ask from the players is that we the fans don’t come out embarrassed and ashamed; that would be nice. Three points is always the main goal though. The game is televised live on Sky Sports 1, but I’ll be giving match updates, videos, pictures and much more from my Twitter account. Follow me here: @AddictedToSpurs. Nerves are here already! Let’s get three points! COYS!!

My predicted/preferred team to face Arsenal at the Emirates:
Naughton – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Rose
Capoue – Dembele
Lamela – Eriksen – Chadli

Mauricio Pochettino previews the trip to Arsenal:

Match Preview, Arsenal vs Tottenham.

Match date and time: Saturday 4th January 2014. Kick off 5:15pm GMT.

Venue: Emirates Stadium.

Competition: FA Cup Third Round

TV: Live on ITV 1.

Ah, the North London Derby. A game to savour for all football fans, it’s very rarely a boring game, and the way both teams are now playing it looks like the game will be full of offensive flair, good football and goals. Last time out against Arsenal, we lost 1-0 at the Emirates, in a game which was overshadowed by the departure of Gareth Bale the same day. That wasn’t a good day, but we weren’t at full strength and that was very early in the season, where our players had hardly played together since coming in, in the transfer window. Since that game, a lot has changed, we have a new manager and we are now playing some really good football. But as the old saying goes, League form goes out the window in the Cup. It’s all about who performs on the day, and we have to make sure that it’s us, and we go through. It’s going to be difficult, it’s never easy at the Emirates, but our away from has been brilliant and we’ve won 4 on the trot away from home, so it gives us confidence, especially as our last game was against Manchester United, which we won. I’m looking forward to this. I feel confident, which I didn’t feel when it was announced. With our current form, why can’t we beat them?

Arsenal have obviously had a stunning first half of the season, they are top of the Premier League, much to our annoyance, but you have to give them credit, they’ve deserved it. But it’s not something that matters, they’ve found it more tough in recent weeks, only scraping past Newcastle at St James’ and manager-less Cardiff at the Emirates. I think it shows they are finding it more difficult, but it also shows their determination to get through difficult hard fought games. The team news for the Gunners is that Ozil (shoulder), Bendtner (ankle), Ramsey (thigh), Gibbs (calf), Sanogo (back), Diaby (knee) and Oxlade-Chamberlain (match-fitness) are all out, while Olivier Giroud is a doubt through sickness. You can see that Arsenal have quite a few out through in injury, but they still have quality players all over the park, Theo Walcott being one who is in great form, as well as Santi Cazorla who is a brilliant player.

The Team news for Spurs is that Naughton (hamstring), Lamela (hip), Sigurdsson (calf), Paulinho (ankle), Vertonghen (ankle) and Kaboul (quad) are all out, while Jermain Defoe, Lewis Holtby and Andros Townsend are in contention after injuries. Emmanuel Adebayor is confirmed as fit and Tim Sherwood says he will start against his former club, despite being stretchered off at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Tim Sherwood has promised a very strong line up for the game against Arsenal, saying he’d love to play the youngsters, but as it’s Arsenal he simply can’t because it means so much to the fans! So, we are expected to line up similar if not the same as we did at Old Trafford in our 1-2 win, and I’m not against that at all! We are in great form and so is Emmanuel Adebayor, he has been our outstanding player under Sherwood and it’s massive that he’s back for this game against Arsenal, I’m sure he’ll be full of confidence and raring to go against his former club, he’s loving football again and when Adebayor is loving it, he’s one of the best in the business. Having Lewis Holtby and Andros Townsend back are two big boosts as well, Andros has been missed, and I think playing him on the left with Lennon on the right is a definite option, as Eriksen although being brilliant in recent games on the left, doesn’t offer a lot of protection to Danny Rose, and he’s better in the middle. Holtby is a great squad player, news he wasn’t rated by Tim was disappointing to me as I believe he can become a really good player, at only 23, he’s already very talented. The 4-4-2 formation looks to continue against the Gunners.

There aren’t many bigger games in England than the North London Derby, if any. We all want to win this one, from the fans, players, manager, board, right up to the White Hart Lane Janitor. Bragging rights in North London, and make it another failure for Arsenal in the cups. You can follow all the action from my twitter account @AddictedToSpurs, where I’ll provide match updates, videos, pictures and all the news from the game. Let’s ‘ave it! COYS!!

My predicted team to face Arsenal at the Emirates:
Walker – Dawson – Chiriches – Rose
Lennon – Capoue – Dembele – Eriksen
Adebayor – Soldado

Tim Sherwood’s full pre match press conference ahead of Arsenal in the Cup:

Match Review, Arsenal vs Tottenham.

Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham.
Giroud 23′

Obviously a more than disappointing day. Losing to Arsenal is never, ever good. I think both teams played quite poorly. Sloppy with the ball, no cutting edge and if you were a neutral, not a very entertaining game. They took the lead through Giroud after some really poor defending from Dawson and Vertonghen. First half, we were really poor and they deserved to be leading. Second half, we tried to push for the equaliser and dominated most of the half, but we still couldn’t find that cutting pass to open up Soldado or Defoe for a clear cut chance. The creativity is needed, that man can be Eriksen. A late push and a lot of nerves didn’t push an equaliser, and we lost the battle.

There were not really any players that stood out as being great, overall a poor and not an exciting performance. We really need to improve, but it’s really early days and the team need to settle in. Townsend was impressive first half, but was a little too greedy. Still our only real threat going forward. Dembele needs to up his game if he wants to keep his place, with the midfield prowess we have. Dawson looks out of his depth in the high line and I can’t wait for Kaboul to be back fully fit. Erik Lamela came on and showed his class already, getting a few shots away and on the ball he looked a threat. Exciting. We can’t dwell on this at all. We move on. It’s a long season. Our next game is against Norwich at the Lane on the 14th September. COYS!

My player ratings for today’s team that faced Arsenal:
Lloris – 9 Man of the Match
Walker – 5
Dawson – 4
Vertonghen – 7
Rose – 6
Townsend – 6
Capoue – 5
Paulinho – 7
Dembele – 4
Chadli – 5
Soldado – 6

Defoe – N/A
Sandro – 6
Lamela – 6

Match Preview, Arsenal vs Tottenham.

The North London Derby is a thing of beauty. The most exciting league game we are involved in all year. The ups and downs we’ve had with these games, the classics. It’s all just brilliant. Up there with the best derby’s in the world. The passion from the players, the passion from the fans, the awe that the neutrals look on in. I’ve experienced my fair share of North London Derby’s, you cry, you laugh, you scream, you celebrate. The emotion you go through is something special. Can’t wait to get stuck in once again. The tide is turning. Time to show them that North London is WHITE.

We’ve started this season really well. Two wins from two against Swansea and Crystal Palace. Hard fought victories for sure, but our first real test comes now. Arsenal at the Emirates. It’s the fixture that jumped up when the game’s were announced, and it’s now upon us. It’s going to be an extremely difficult game and a game that could go either way. It’s going to be end to end, nerve wracking and a great contest of two top notch teams. Even without signings, Arsenal are a very strong team, with some emerging talent. Aaron Ramsey has been great for them this season and is full of confidence, so he’ll be a threat for this match. The obvious threats of Walcott, Cazorla and Olivier Giroud. Defensively, I think we could take advantage. I’m really looking forward to a cracking game.

We’ve signed three new players in Eriksen, Lamela and Chiriches this week and they are eligible to play against Arsenal, but after only one training session, they are unlikely to start. During the week we played very well against Tbilisi, and a lot of players impressed, most of all Lewis Holtby and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start. Soldado needs a goal that doesn’t come from the penalty spot, and so I hope tomorrow is the day! Haha. I think Lamela will make an impact from the bench, he is fully fit after training and having pre season with Roma. I think Capoue will start over Sandro, so I really hope he keeps his cool and plays how well he has in the previous games. Townsend doesn’t deserve to be dropped so I fully expect him to start again. Make a name for yourself Andros. I’d like to see Kaboul and Vertonghen start at the back, but I think Dawson will regain his place as Kaboul played in mid week. It’s going to be a brilliant game. It’s being shown live on Sky Sports with coverage starting at 3pm on Sunday 1st September. COYS!!

My preferred/predicted team to face Arsenal at the Emirates:
Walker – Dawson – Vertonghen – Rose
Paulinho – Capoue – Dembele
Townsend – Soldado – Chadli

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Sunderland.

The last day has finally come. It’s going to be a very exciting end to what has been a very good season. We have to win, and do our job to have a chance of finishing in the coveted top four position. Sunderland will prove to be a tricky opposition, they have good players, and can play without pressure now that they are safe from relegation. Newcastle face Arsenal, and if they can pull off a shock and grab a point or maybe even three points, what every Spurs fan is hoping for, we will get top four with a win. We’ve had a great season, whatever happens, and if we win we have broken our record points in a Premier League season, 72. Awesome.

We’ll be hoping to be seeing more scenes of jubilation from André on Sunday, we have to hope, it’s possible, we can do it. Gareth Bale could produce more magic, he’s been named Barclays Player the year, his fourth award this season, unbelievable season from him, but his greatest achievement would surely be taking us into the Champions League. Emmanuel Adebayor has had a great end to the season, and hopefully he can continue this and bag another goal! Mousa Dembélé is fully fit now, and should start, this is great news as he brings a flow to our game that we don’t have when he doesn’t feature. I believe, and a slip up from Arsenal is definitely not out of the equation, whatever happens, I’m proud to be Spurs. The game is televised live on Sky Sports from 4pm. COYS, and for now, Come On Newcastle!

My preferred team to face Sunderland at the Lane on the last day:
Walker – Dawson – Caulker – Vertonghen
Lennon – Huddlestone – Dembélé – Dempsey

Match Review, Tottenham vs Arsenal

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

Yes! We won! We did it! All the hype, all the excitement, all the pressure, and we pulled it off! What a great team performance, the team put in an absolutely amazing shift and it pulled off, 3 points. Our defending was sublime, we were solid and showed extreme experience at the back, Arsenal couldn’t break through! Brick wall. When we got the first goal, we looked super confident, and then 2 minutes later, we got the second goal, the winner. Arsenal are nothing special, they were very average in attack, and in defence, they were a shambles, a disgrace to Premier League defending. Jack Wilshire had a poor game, he was poor, Dembele had him in his pocket all game. In my opinion, he is very over rated.

Jan Vertonghen was phenomenal, his tackling was brilliant, as usual, he also showed composure under massive pressure, and even his passing was spot on! He saved us on many occasion, and some people have said ‘He’s Ledley King, with two knees.’ and I completely agree! Michael Dawson alongside Jan, was brilliant, he is a true leader, and he really showed why we should have never even doubted his ability, and loyalty to the club. What a brilliant guy. Gareth Bale, he is world class, even if he wasn’t at his best all game, he came up with the goods, his first goal was sensational. What a finish. Aaron Lennon, so loyal to the club, and he always gives his all for the team, and he got a great goal today, and what turned out to be the winner, he’s just brilliant! Our full-backs were great today, they have had their critics, but today they showed what class they both had, Walker and Assou-Ekotto, brilliant. What a win, we go 7 points clear of Arsenal in 5th, and up to 3rd! We are now only 2 points off Man City in 2nd! It’s a great day for Tottenham Hotspur. Our next game is in the Europa League against Inter Milan at The Lane on Thursday! Our next Premier League game is against Liverpool at Anfield, on Sunday. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Arsenal at the Lane:
Lloris – 9
Walker – 9
Dawson – 9
Vertonghen – 10 Man of the Match
Assou-Ekotto – 8
Lennon – 9
Parker – 8
Dembele – 9
Sigurdsson – 8
Bale – 9
Adebayor – 7

Livermore – 7
Defoe – 7
Gallas – N/A

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Arsenal

This is it, probably our biggest league game of the season, so much riding on this game. Passion, desire and skill will all be involved in this kind of game, anything can happen. In my opinion, it’s the biggest derby in the Premier League, constantly brings up classics, and this one could definitely be another storming game. Arsenal beat us at the Emirates, and it was a thrashing, we want revenge and we have to get it, for the good of our season! Arsenal are a good side, there is no disputing that, but we are better, and we can certainly beat them.

Gareth Bale will be key to our success in this game, he needs to play well, and if he does, he is unstoppable, Arsenal won’t be able to deal with him, as nobody can. Lewis Holtby will be so up for this game, he has been so passionate since he’s been here, and if he scores it would be unbelievable, and personally, I think he can do it! Jermain Defoe is in contention to start, and hopefully he will as Adebayor has been poor and Defoe, if he’s given an opportunity he will finish it, has to play if he’s fit. Adebayor, if he does start, could either have a great game, or an awful one, it could go either way, he could be up for it, we never know with North London Derby! We need to win this game, so to go 7 points clear of Arsenal. Lets get this win! The game is televised, it is live on Sky Sports with coverage starting at 3:00pm. COYS!!

My preferred team to face Arsenal at White Hart Lane:
Walker – Dawson – Vertonghen – Assou-Ekotto
Lennon – Parker – Dembele – Bale