North London Derbies prompt retrospective thought like no other Arsenal fixture. A glance across the mainstream media over the next few days will confirm this, as a deluge of articles are produced with the sole purpose of recounting previous encounters. ‘Top Ten Goals’, ‘Top Five Games’, or ‘Best Seven Comebacks’. I’m sure you’re all familiar with these Buzzfeed style, easily consumed, bite-size pieces of content. Amid the lapses into nostalgia however, a glance at past encounters can allow one to identify certain trends. Though many accept the mantra that ‘form goes out of the window’ on derby day, games against Tottenham Hotspur have taken on a marked change in character in recent times. Simply put, the goals have dried up and the madness of the fixture has subsided a touch.
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William Benn is an attractive and well-built Arsenal fanatic living within pie-throwing distance of the Emirates. Supporter 1995-2013. Football-ignoring idiot 1998-2005, so managed to dramatically escape enjoying the greatest moments of our recent history. Made it back just in time for the CL final, thank goodness. Still an optimist, if a touch more cynical as the years go by. Will, will be writing about Arsenal as only Will can. Did we mention attractive?
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Barnaby is a mere stripling in terms of life and footballing experience, but a lack of much resembling a social life has given him great insight into the world of football, from both a tactical and a fan's viewpoint. He's also fond of a nice soapbox, telling fans how best to get behind the team and respond to the mind-crushingly dull tide of transfer rumours that fill everyday Gooner life.
This boyhood Arsenal fan enjoys writing about the beautiful game and Arsenal in particular. Lewis writes match previews, statistical analyses and opinion pieces.
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Christopher is a man so obsessed with football he started writing academic papers about it. Christopher has been an attendee of the Arsenal for 20 years and it's safe to say he has enjoyed several minutes of it. Writing for Goonersphere about the business of football, the law around it, and anything else that piques his interest.
Andy is an Arsenal fan who attends as many first team games as he can, as well as frequently going to youth games. He's a firm believer in Arsene Wenger, and despises people who have 'always loved watching Borussia Dortmund'! Achievements: Once nearly bought Marc Overmars' house...
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In this article we will be exploring the mercurial Jose Mourinho and enigmatic Arsene Wenger.
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