North London derby: Everything you need to know about the rivalry between Arsenal & Tottenham

2/10/2018 4:22:00 PM
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Tehran(KNA): Goal looks at some of the key details of one of the Premier League's biggest derbies, which has conjured up plenty of spectacles over the years

It is one of England's longest-running and fiercest rivalries, dating back to the early 20th century and there have been plenty of full-blooded battles between the teams.

But how did it come about and who has been more successful? Ahead of the game, Goal takes a look at some of the key details about the north London derby.

The first ever league meeting between Arsenal and Tottenham came on December 4, 1909, with Arsenal winning the game 1-0 thanks to Walter Lawrence goal. The game was not then known as a north london derby, because it was played at Arsenal's old home of the Manor Ground in Plumstead, an area of south-east London.

A rivalry between the teams began to develop in earnest four years later when Arsenal moved from Plumstead to Highbury in 1913. Their new home put the Gunners within four miles of Spurs' home ground White Hart Lane and a natural local rivalry sprang up.

Since then, supporters have cultivated a lively, but largely friendly, sense of competitiveness between each other. Overall, Arsenal fans have had much more to celebrate than their Spurs counterparts in terms of major honours and they have enjoyed greater head-to-head success.

The Gunners have won 13 league titles, 13 FA Cups, two League Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Spurs, on the other hand, have won two league titles, eight FA Cups and four League Cups. They do boast more continental silverware though, having won the UEFA Cup twice and the Cup Winners' Cup once.

In 181 games between them, Arsenal have won more, beating Tottenham 76 times. Spurs have won 56 of the matches and there have been 49 draws. The Gunners won the last meeting - their 76th victory - on November 18 2017 when they won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, with goals coming from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez.

What is St Totteringham's Day?

Arsenal fans have created a tongue-in-cheek day of celebration for when it is mathematically impossible for Tottenham finish above them in the league.

The unofficial 'holiday' is known as St Totteringham's Day and it is basically an excuse to lord it over their rivals.

The concept first appeared on fan websites in the early 2000s and subsequently gathered notoriety through the decade before gaining mainstream recognition in 2010.

St Totteringham's Day famously did not occur in 2017. On April 30 of that year Spurs defeated the Gunners 2-0 in the final North London derby at White Hart Lane, a result which ensured that they would finish above their rivals for the first time in 22 years.

Spurs fans had similarly dubbed 14 April St Hotspur Day following their FA Cup semi-final win over Arsenal in 1991.

Players who played for both Arsenal & Tottenham

Much has been made in recent weeks of the fact that Tottenham's current star man Kane was released by Arsenal when he was a youngster. It is a source of fun for Spurs fans to point out the fact that their bitter rivals let one of the best strikers of his generation slip through their grasp.

However, Kane is just one of a number of players who has either played for or had an association with both clubs. Pat Jennings famously starred for Spurs from 1964 until 1977 before crossing over to Arsenal, while Sol Campbell became a figure of hate among Spurs fans for leaving the club for free to join the Gunners.

Many have gone the other way too, with William Gallas swapping the red of Arsenal for the white of Tottenham, while the most prolific striker in the derby's history, Adebayor also ended up at Spurs via Manchester City.

Below is a collection of players who have played for both clubs.


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