Tag Archives: Tottenham

Could Tottenham’s relegation form see them relegated?

15 games, 15 points.

That is not the form of a title chasing team. It is not the form of a mid-table team. It is the form a team in the midst of a relegation battle.

LLDLLWWLWLLDWDL is Tottenham’s form over the last 15 games. Just Watford and Brighton are in worse form.

Even my basic maths tell me that 15 points from 15 games is a point a game. Over a 38 game season that would multiple up to 38 points. Last season Cardiff went down with 34 points.

It is actually surprising that Arsenal have the 3rd best form in the league, taking into account how they fell away in the closing stages of the season.

If Tottenham find themselves in the relegation after half a dozen games, surely they have to be considered relegation contenders rather than Champions League challengers?

Keenos

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Rare Early North London Derby

29th August 1925.

It was the opening day of the 1925/26 season and the first day in the job for a certain Herbert Chapman.

The opponent that day was Tottenham Hotspur, who won 1-0 with a goal from Jimmy Dimmock.

That was 94 years ago and is the earliest Arsenal and Tottenham have ever played each other.

The last time Arsenal and Tottenham faced each other in August was back in 1997. It was a dull 0-0 draw. This weekends fixture is the earliest between the 2 sides since then.

In recent history, fixtures between Arsenal and Spurs have followed the same pattern.

They play in Middlesex in November before the return game in North London in March or April.

The fixture is also unusual due its 4:30pm kick off.

Usually, under police orders, games between the two sides happen around lunch time, previously as early as 11:30am. To have an early evening kick off on Sunday will be odd.

It will enable fans to get in a good few hours drinking prior to the match (unlike the hour or two we usually get) but will cut short the evening (unless you have the day booked off work on Monday).

Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways following defeat to table topping Liverpool, whilst Spurs will be attempting to reverse their relegation form.

LLDLLWWLWLLDWDL is not the name of a Welsh town but Tottenham’s Premier League form over their last 15 games.

That form over 38 games would see them pick up just 38 points. Could Spurs really be in for a relegation battle this season?

Regardless of the result, North London is Red.

Keenos

The Top 6: Who is still left from 2012/13?

With the transfer window slamming shut, Arsenal’s activity has left them with just 2 members of the squad who have been with the club since the 2012/13 season. Nacho Monreal and Damián Martinez.

This summer we have seen Carl Jenkinson and Laurent Koscileny both leave. They were the only two remaining players from the 2012/13 squad picture, with Monreal joined us in the January transfer window.

It feels like a huge squad turnover, that out of the 35 players to have pulled on an Arsenal shirt during that season, just 2 remains.

How does this compare with the rest of the top 6?

Liverpool – 1

Just Jordan Henderson remains from Liverpool’s 2012/13 squad. They have the highest turnover over all of the top 6. Not a surprise considering they finished 7th that season.

Chelsea – 1

following David Luiz joining Arsenak, just 1 member of the Chelsea squad of 2012/13 remain. Club captain César Azpilicueta.

Arsenal – 2

The aforementioned Nacho Monreal is still at the club having signed a 1 year extension a month or so ago. Damián Martinez played twice in the League Cup that year.

Manchester City – 2

David Silva and Sergio Aguero are the only 2 players left from a Manchester City team that finished the 2012/13 season behind their big rivals Manchester United

Manchester United – 4

The 2012/13 league champions have kept hold of Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling and David de Gea. Although many Manchester United fans will question how the 1st 3 are still at the club, and David de Gea probably wonders how he has not yet secured a move away.

Tottenham – 4

Harry Kane played just 4 minutes in the 2012/13 season. Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Danny Rose are also still with the club.

Keenos

Just 20 left – never to be repeated