Arsenal V Tottenham Hotspur: 8 Epic North London Derbies
Next Tuesday evening at 19:45 GMT, Arsenal visit White Hart Lane for a mouth-watering Carling Cup fixture that will see the great North London rivals recommence their football hostilities.
Although it is unlikely that either Arsene Wenger or Harry Redknapp will field his strongest team, both will desperately want to win a fixture which means more to most supporters of both sides than any other.
It will be a particularly interesting game for a certain William Gallas. The former Arsenal captain was a controversial summer signing sanctioned by Harry Redknapp and it will be interesting to see how warmly he is welcomed by both sets of supporters.
If he does receive the expected levels of abuse from Arsenal, he would be advised to call his former team-mate Sol Campbell, who received death threats and serious racial abuse from Spurs fans after his free transfer to The Gunners in 2001.
Much of the vitriol back then was due to the nature of Campbell's departure, with the England defending refusing to discuss a contract with Spurs only to sign for their biggest rivals for nothing. This after declaring in public that he was committed to the club and after stating in Spurs Monthly that he would ''never play for Arsenal''.
Last season, the honours were shared in the North London derby. In October 2009, some sloppy defending from Spurs gifted Arsenal two goals in the space of 50 seconds in a game which Wenger's men won 3-0. Towards the end of the season, a sensational Danny Rose volley and Gareth Bale goal handed Spurs a 2-1 victory which ended their rival's title aspirations.
Looking further back, Arsenal has the better record in all competitions: they have won 69 of 166 derbies compared with Tottenham's 51. In the Premier League, it is even more depressing news for The Lillywhites; Tottenham have won just SIX times in 36 matches.
In this slideshow, I take a look at the most memorable and exciting of the clashes between the great rivals of London football, a fixture which has not lost any significance since the time of the London League and Southern League back at the turn of the twentieth century.
3 May 1971: Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal
With the title on the line, Arsenal travelled to Tottenham on the last day of the 1970-71 First Division season needing either a goalless draw or win to triumph.
Cue an 87th minute Ray Kennedy winning goal which sparked wild celebration in the away section. The team would also lift the F.A. Cup later that season.
23 December 1978: Tottenham 0-5 Arsenal
What a perfect Christmas present for the red half of North London!
Arsenal's biggest post-war triumph over Spurs came courtesy of an Alan Sunderland hat-trick, a goal from Frank Stapleton and a spectacular swerving effort from Liam Brady against a newly-promoted Tottenham team which had been bolstered by the arrivals of famous Argentine duo Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa.
Arsenal finished the season in seventh, Spurs in eleventh.
4 April 1983: Tottenham 5-0 Arsenal
Revenge was sweet for Spurs less than five years later.
Current Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton scored two (including the first above), Marco Falco also netted two with the other goal scored by Alan Brazil.
10 September 1988: Tottenham 2-3 Arsenal
A sensational and surprising build-up between would-be England defensive stalwarts Tony Adams and Nigel Winterburn led to the first of five goals in the space of eleven extraordinary minutes at White Hart Lane.
Firstly, Winteburn cooly slotted home from Adams's through pass. Chris Waddle punished a lapse of concentration in Arsenal's midfield. Alan Smith set up Brian Marwood and then headed Arsenal into a 3-1 lead. Paul Gascoigne got Spurs back into the game with a close-range finish despite losing a boot in the process. But Arsenal held on for a deserved victory in the second-half.
14 April 1991: Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal
Justin Edinburgh, David Howell, Vinny Samways. It's hard to imagine how a team featuring these three players put on such a great show to down rivals Arsenal 3-1 at Wembley in the semi-final of the 1991 F.A. Cup.
Nevertheless, a sensational 30 yard-free kick from Paul Gascoinge set Tottenham on its way to an impressive victory in front of more than 77,000 people. Gary Lineker scored the other two to put his team into the final, where they would defeat Nottingham Forest 2-1despite Gascoigne rupturing his cruciate ligaments in an ugly tackle.
23 November 2004: Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal
A truly remarkable league encounter which the grainy video above does no justice to.
Thanks to Nourredine Naybet's close-range goal, Spurs led 1-0 at the break. Then an explosive second 45 minutes saw Arsene Wenger's troops build a 3-1 lead through influential French duo Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, goals which cushioned Lauren's penalty. A t rocket from Jermain Defoe gave the home fans hope briefly, but a cute Cesc Fabregas assist set up Freddie Ljungberg to make it 4-2.
Ledley King headed a lifeline for Spurs but, moments later, Robert Pires found himself in space on the left byeline to score Arsenal's fifth and Freddie Kanoute's last-gasp header proved to be a consolation goal. A record match and possibly the second most enthralling to have ever been played between the two clubs.
22 January 2008: Tottenham 5-1 Arsenal
Tottenham were high in spirits entering into the second leg of the 2008 Carling Cup semi-final. They had completely outclassed and young second string Gunners side at The Emirates stadium but had only managed a draw.
But Jermaine Jenas scored low into the corner to give Juande Ramos's side a third-minute lead. His wicked free-kick then led to a Niclas Bendtner own goal before Robbie Keane latched onto an exquisite ball from the outside of strike partner Dimitar Berbatov's boot to make it 3-0 at the start of the second half.
A sweeping counter-attack saw Aaron Lennon score a fourth goal with 30 minutes still remaining. Togan international Emmanuel Adebayor reduced the arrears with a skilful consolation goal but Jenas capped a Man of the Match performance to set up a fifth for Steeb Malbranque in injury time.
Tottenham would win the final against Chelsea 2-1.
29 October 2008: Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham
The best Premier League football match you could ever wish to see. Unfortunately due to media regulations, it is now virtually impossible to watch highlights of this.
If you click the following link, you can enjoy some sensational goals and drama:
To recap, this was Harry Redknapp's first match in charge of the Spurs. The team was struggling, Arsenal started the season strongly.
But David Bentley gave the away fans a moment to dream of with a stunning 40-yard volley to put Spurs 1-0 up. Silvestre, Gallas and Adebayor then scored three goals without reply around the interval to put the Gunners in control of the match.
Darren Bent then pounced on a rebounded shot to bring the score to 2-3, but just one minute after that Robin Van Persie punished some sloppy marking to seemingly end the contest. So Jermaine Jenas's excellent individual goal seemed in vain.
Cue a skilful Luka Modric left-foot shot which cannoned off the post into the path of the onrushing Aaron Lennon who sent Spurs fans into ecstasy with an injury-time equaliser (including M. Tubby up in SKY's Fanzone).
It has since been described as the greatest ever Premier League match.