So. It’s that time again. The great North London derby. The mighty Tottenham Hotspur take on our greatest enemy. That team from down the road. Arsenal. <spit>
Yes, I’m a football nut. Or soccer nut, if you’re American or Canadian. Football. The real football. You know the one. The game where the ball is actually played at your feet, and nobody can pick the ball up. Well, except the goalkeepers. And, of course, for throw-ins.
For the benefit of any American readers, take the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Now times that rivalry by oh, say, 100. Add in some pure hate. Now you’re close to the rivalry between Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs for short) and Arsenal. The game both sets of fans anticipate eagerly and dread at the same time. There a few games in the English Premier League that come close to this intensity. Like Manchester United versus Manchester City. Or Manchester United versus Liverpool. Or Liverpool versus Everton. But none can quite match up to the explosive animosity between the two North London sides.
To be honest, Arsenal have been dominant for a few years now, ever since a certain French man took charge of them. But that is changing. Two seasons ago, we won 2-1 at home. Last season we were 2-0 down at half time on Arsenal’s ground, but stormed back in the second half to win 3-2. A fantastic result! At home last season we ground out a 3-3 draw in a spectacular and hugely entertaining game. We’re no easy team to beat these days. We have som great players. The explosive pace of Gareth Bale. The predatory goal scoring instincts of Jermaine Defoe and Emanuel Adebayore.
This season, after a bad start, we’ve won our last 3 league games. Meanwhile, that team have endured a tortuous start to the season, not least of which they lost 8-2 to Manchester United. Hehehe. Good result, that! Though they did win their last game. So Sunday’s match will be interesting, to say the least. But then, our games always are.
So, on to Sunday. Spurs play host to that team. Here’s hoping for a good win for the mighty Spurs!