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Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur: H2H, North London Derby Rivalry, Watch Live & More

The north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is one of the most long-standing rivalries in English football and can be tracked back to the 19th century.

While the sides first met in 1887, the resentment that exits today stretches back to 1913, when the Gunners left Plumstead to move to Highbury, only four miles away from Spurs’ White Hart Lane. 

Endorsed by League president and chairman of Liverpool John McKenna, Arsenal won the First Division status in 1919 at the expense of Tottenham, which initiated the feud between the two clubs and their supporters.

We take a closer look at Arsenal vs Tottenham including the H2H (stats correct – January 25, 2023), how to watch the Premier League live, the history of the North London derby and more.

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur H2H

Excluding their meetings before their maiden clash in the First Division in 1909, Arsenal and Tottenham have locked horns on 193 occasions, with the Gunners boasting 81 wins over Spurs’ 61, coupled with 51 draws.

Arsenal also hold a clear-cut advantage in terms of silverware, picking up 47 major titles, including 13 in the First Division/Premier League, against 24 for their bitter rivals. 

The Gunners’ overwhelming 6-0 triumph at White Hart Lane in 1935 remains the biggest winning margin in a north London derby fixture to date. 

Notable Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Results

  • Tottenham Hotspur 0-5 Arsenal – First Division – December 1978
  • Tottenham Hotspur 2-4 Arsenal – First Division – December 1983
  • Tottenham Hotspur 4-5 Arsenal – Premier League – November 2004
  • Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – October 2008
  • Tottenham Hotspur 3-3 Arsenal – Premier League – April 2011
  • Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – February 2012
  • Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – November 2012
  • Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – December 2018

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Live Streams

Sky Sports is the best place to watch Premier League matches, with live streams available to subscribers via the Sky Go app on either desktop or mobile.

If you don’t have a subscription, fans can take advantage of the flexible option of daily or monthly passes through NOW TV.

There are loads of other streaming platforms that cover live EPL games, but you will need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to gain access.

One of the best services is Express VPN, which can be downloaded to various devices including Android, iOS, Fire TV, PC, Mac and smart TVs.

North London Derby History

As mentioned above, Arsenal’s switch from Plumstead to Highbury brought the Gunners in close proximity to Tottenham in 1913, kickstarting an eternal football rivalry.

The animosity escalated in 1919 when the First Division was to be expanded by two teams after World War I, with the Gunners besting Spurs to the one remaining top-flight spot in controversial circumstances.

But the year later, Tottenham won promotion back to the top flight and went on to beat Arsenal 2-1 in their first fully competitive derby match at White Hart Lane in January 1921.

Spurs’ inability to regularly hold onto their elite status in a 20-year period between 1928 and 1950 eased the bitterness between the clubs and cooled passions.

However, since 1950 onwards, only one season has not featured Arsenal and Tottenham in the same division, which has helped to reignite the old flames and maintain the rivalry to the present day.

The first of Spurs’ only top-flight titles came in 1950/51, with the second coming ten years later, but the Gunners have since developed into the dominant force in the rivalry.

While it’s been over 60 years since Tottenham last conquered England’s premier competition, their fierce rivals claimed six titles since Spurs’ last triumph, most recently in the famous 2003/04 season.

However, neither side had a genuine chance in the Premier League title race for almost two decades before Mikel Arteta’s men delivered an impressive 2022/23 campaign.

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Controversies

Controversy has always been an integral component of every fierce football rivalry, with the North London derby providing numerous contentious moments.

Arsenal had a habit of losing it at White Hart Lane in the late 1990s and early 2000s, regularly picking up red cards, including their infamous 2-1 defeat in November 1999.

Reduced to nine men for the expulsions of Freddie Ljungberg and Martin Keown, who took matters into his hands, scything Jose Dominguez down despite being on a yellow card, the Gunners stood no chance that day.

Speaking of red cards, Emmanuel Adebayor, at the time North London’s resident ‘Judas’ after joining Tottenham in 2012 following his three-year stint at Arsenal, made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in November 2012.

Adebayor moved the Emirates Stadium crowd off their feet with an early deadlock-breaker but lost his temper and earned his marching orders for a cynical challenge on Santi Cazorla midway through the first half.

In addition to living up to his villain reputation, the former Togo international spent the rest of the game in the stands watching his Tottenham side go down 5-2.

During his time at Arsenal, Adebayor left his mark in another North London derby as he and his teammate Nicklas Bendtner were caught in a tense altercation during a 5-1 League Cup defeat in January 2008.

The Togolese striker struck out at Bendtner, who decided not to retaliate, while captain William Gallas and then referee Howard Webb attempted to separate the two clubmates.

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