Forever in Arsenal's shadow - why Tottenham is just another game

By Avenell Dave

Is tomorrow's North London derby just another game?

Certainly we all know that T*tt*nh*m fans see it as their cup final - that mighty chip on their shoulder always prompting them to make daft comments about us, particularly if we don't do well.

Funny really, isn't it, given the chasm in success.

I reckon that you'd have to have been born in 1955 at the latest to really remember the last time T*tt*nh*m won the title in 1961- one of a whole TWO that they have won in their history.

It's incredible really that they manage to get many fans at all and the prospect of them moving to a new stadium, be it the Olympic stadium or an upgraded Shite H*rt L*ne will only serve to cripple them and underline their status as a small club whose legend is far greater than its trophy haul.

Tottenham have failed to win in 68 matches against the supposed big four teams - and even if they were to beat us tomorrow, that won't change the fact that they are never going to reach our heady heights. 

As for derby games, the Spuds have not won at our place since 93.

And we should expect goals as Tottenham have only kept one clean sheet against us in 23 games and have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier Lague sine the first game of the season.

Thankfully all our players came back from international duty in one piece so the only question mark is over Jack Wilshere.

However, the club today said the Wilshere has passed a fitness test, which is great because I would love to see our new starlet get a start in what is certain to be a heated atmosphere.

We'll find out tomorrow if that's the case, but elsewhere the side picks itself, with only Andrey Arshavin's position in doubt after he played a full 90 minutes for Russia on Wednesday.

I don't think it's time to bring RvP back yet, but what greater incentive to win and remind our neighbours who are the Kings of North London than to go top, perhaps temporarily, if we take all three points.

Addict XI

              Fabianski

Sagna Squillaci Djourou Clichy

     Song Fabregas Wilshere

Walcott Chamakh Nasri

A final word on William Gallas.

I was never his biggest fan and I thought that his reputation and occasional goalscoring exploits hid his defensive deficiencies.

Was he a good captain? Not in my opinion, and the reports of him unsettling the dressing room are not without foundation.

He deserves the same treatment as any other player - he left us because we let him go and he got too the best/only offer he could.

To boo him would be to inspire him and highlight him as someone we regret losing or who we loved, which is not the case.

So let's show some class tomorrow, something T*tt*nh*m fans will never do.