Three surprise stats from Arsenal V Spurs

Last weekend’s North London Derby was gripping but not full of enduring quality.

Arsenal came into the match as big favourites as Spurs were winless in their previous three Premier League games, having drawn each of them.

However, a frenetic start to the game was finally controlled by Spurs who found themselves unlucky to go into the break behind.

The Lilywhites continued to fight in the second period though and deservedly equalised from the spot as Harry Kane netted on his return from injury.

Christian Eriksen hit the post from a free-kick with minutes left on the clock but in the end, a point was probably the fair result as the Gunners had a few chances of their own.

Whilst the game won’t live long in the memories, there were still some fascinating stats to come out of the clash.

Pochettino first Tottenham manager to remain unbeaten in first five North London Derbies in Premier League

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochetten is one of the most popular managers Tottenham have ever had. He has not only reinvigorated the style of football but he’s done it with an English core which makes their success all the more sweet.

Putting the great football aside momentarily though, Poch has a fantastic record against Spurs’ North London rivals.

Apart from their win in the League Cup last season, the Gunners have had no success against Pochettino’s Spurs and were very fortunate to draw the two league games in 2015/16.

He’s on his way to becoming a legend at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham unbeaten in first 11 games for first time since 1960-61

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Tottenham’s draw at Arsenal means they are now unbeaten in eleven straight Premier League games.

It is the first time they have done that at the start of a season since 1960/61, which is incidentally the last time Spurs became champions of England. Omen?

Perhaps, but Pochettino will be aware that Spurs need to convert more of their draws into wins if they have a realistic chance of stopping Manchester City, Chelsea and the other impressive title rivals.

Laurent Koscielny conceded twice as many fouls in this game then he did in his nine previous games combined

Laurent Koscielny

Alongside Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld, Laurent Koscielny is seen as one of the best centre backs in the Premier League and remains absolutely paramount to Arsenal’s successes – as the opening day of the season proved.

Arsenal were humbled by Liverpool,who cruised through the game and should have won by a bigger margin in the Frenchman’s absence.

Since his return, Arsenal have found clean sheets much easier to come by.

Interestingly though, Koscielny was forced to make more fouls against Spurs than he had in his previous NINE Premier League games combined.

But he actually only made four fouls against Spurs, which kind of highlights how magnificent a defender he truly is.

 


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