It wasn’t so long ago that Arsenal had a Premier League hoodoo over arch-rivals Tottenham, although that became a thing of the past after Spurs beat the Gunners two seasons ago and last season’s amazing comeback at the Emirates Stadium meant that Harry Redknapp’s side took four points.
Seven places separate the two north London teams in the Premier League and Spurs will really fancy their chances of beating a side that have conceded 12 goals in their past two away matches, with an 8-2 drubbing at Old Trafford being followed by a 4-3 reverse at Blackburn.
The Arsenal defence continues to creak and it is hard to pass up on the 6/5 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) that Tottenham win their fourth Premier League match on the run, with Redknapp’s side tearing apart Liverpool a fortnight ago when Kenny Dalglish’s team had no answer to the home team’s performance.
Emmanuel Adebayor has been a controversial figure with Arsenal supporters after leaving the Emirates for Manchester City before running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of them the following season when scoring for his new club. He has looked a class act since completing a season-long loan at the Lane and can be backed at 5/1 (Victor Chandler – £25 free betting) to score first.
With Scott Parker and Luka Modric pulling the strings for Tottenham, it could be a difficult afternoon for the Arsenal, although they did achieve their best victory of the season when beating Bolton last weekend and they are a tasty 5/2 to win this match and silence the critics.
When you have Robin van Persie in the team, there is always a chance of scoring a goal and the Dutchman is 2/1 to get on the scoresheet just as he did when scoring his 99th and 100th goals for the Gunners last weekend.