MATCH PREVIEW: Spurs eye Emirates encounter, but will Juande make it?
PUBLISHED: 14:34 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 07 September 2010
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Wednesday October 29 Emirates Stadium Kick off: 8pm Sky Sports 2. Sympathy for Tottenham s plight is pretty thin on the ground south of the Seven Sisters Road. While Arsenal s title challenge has begun in satis
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Wednesday October 29
Kick off: 8pm
Sky Sports 2.
Sympathy for Tottenham's plight is pretty thin on the ground south of the Seven Sisters Road.
While Arsenal's title challenge has begun in satisfactory fashion, their close neighbours remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
After the Euro flop against Udinese, hether Juande Ramos remains in charge at The Lane by the time his side make the short trip to Islington remains to be seen.
Defeat against Bolton this weekend could spell a loud and clear 'Adios' for the former Seville boss.
Arsene Wenger offered some words of comfort this week: "Football is a strange thing. When you lose confidence you become average quickly. Tottenham have a good team and good players. I am sure they will bounce back."
But his side are red-hot favourites to continue their home dominance over Spurs, who have failed to record a win at their hated rivals since May 1993, a statistic Tottenham fans are desperate to see end.
They nearly managed it last season, when they outplayed the Gunners for much of the game.
With the score at 1-1. Robbie Keane then had a golden opportunity to give Spurs a late advantage, only to see Manuel Almunia save his spot-kick.
Minutes later, to compound the Irishman's misery, Nicklas Bendtner came off the bench to head Arsenal's winner with his first touch. Even the most biased Gooner would concede it was rough justice on the visitors.
Keane, of course, has now left north London, as has their scorer that day Dimitar Berbatov. Another striker, Jermain Defoe, is now at Portsmouth, leaving their attacking options thin on the ground.
New signings Roman Pavyluchenko and Luka Modric have yet to find their feet while former Gunner David Bentley has failed to reproduce his Blackburn form since moving back south.
Bentley - and Ramos - would simply love to kickstart their season at the Emirates...