Arsenal V Tottenham Hotspur: 8 Epic North London Derbies

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Arsenal V Tottenham Hotspur: 8 Epic North London Derbies
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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. 

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