Defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon will leave Arsenal seven points behind their fiercest rivals. Tottenham have lost the past two North London derbies 5-2, but Emmanuel Adebayor’s early dismissal in the reverse fixture this season certainly didn’t help their cause.
Andre Villas-Boas has guided his side into third place on the back of 11 games without defeat in the league. Much of Spurs’ good work has come from recently named player of the month Gareth Bale. The Welsh wizard has bagged eight goals in his last six games and has 19 for the season in all competitions.
The Gunners have also not won at the Lane since 2007, while the last three fixtures between the two sides, the team that scored first lost the match. There have been two red cards shown to Spurs in the previous three clashes.
Spurs versus Arsenal is the highest scoring fixture in Premier League history.