Nine months ago, the Gunners got a pretty big tonking in the Carling Cup semi-final. The scoreline was 5-1 and what made it even worse was that Spurs dished it out to them. Arsenal aren’t used to getting beaten all that often, let alone by such a big scoreline against their arch-rivals, and it’s still pretty fresh in the memory for one of their forwards. He’s out to settle a score this evening!
The Daily Mail reports that Emmanuel Adebayor had a nightmare evening at White Hart Lane, especially as he nearly came to blows with Nicklas Bendtner during the drubbing. The Togolese striker managed to bag his fourth league goal of the season against West Ham on Sunday, yet he understands the importance of tonight’s North London derby, especially in light of what happened when these sides met last winter.
‘My last memory of Tottenham was very bad and I’m looking to change that and give them something special,’ said the striker who took his frustrations out on team-mate Nicklas Bendtner during the humiliation at White Hart Lane.
‘After the game, they were singing and dancing outside the stadium, they were so happy,’ recalled Adebayor, who scored Arsenal’s goal that evening.
‘That day, they played quite good football. Maybe we were not ready, they took their chances. If it was 2-1, you could have said they had luck but they won 5-1 so there’s no luck there. They deserved to win.
‘For them it was a big event but now we have a chance to take our revenge. We hope the result is the reverse and we can put it in the Arsenal shop on Friday.’
Despite Tottenham having a new manager in the form of Harry Redknapp, Arsenal are still massive favourites for tonight’s match, especially as they have steadied the ship after beating Everton and West Ham. Do Gunners fans expect their team to land another three points this evening, and are there really scores to settle after that 5-1 defeat last season?