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Rose Set To Repeat Glory Days Against Arsenal

Posted: Mar 6, 2016 at 5:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Spurs defender has pleasant memories of visit of Arsenal to the Lane. “What a derby!’ We recall when Spurs came back from the brink to draw with the Gunners in 2011.”
The north London derby takes on even greater significance this Saturday as both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have the Barclays Premier League title in their sights.
Coming after midweek defeats, the two will attempt to keep the pressure on leaders Leicester City as well as get one up on their fiercest rivals in the early kick-off at White Hart Lane.
Spurs boast the superior head-to-head record on home soil, winning eight to Arsenal’s five to help redress their inferior overall record in the Barclays Premier League.
Arsenal have won at White Hart Lane this season, claiming a 2-1 League Cup triumph in September, and have 18 BPL victories against Spurs, in comparison with 10 triumphs for the Lilywhites. But Spurs have the edge in recent encounters, winning five of the past 12 in the league.
Danny Rose’s introduction to the north London derby was a spectacular one, a stunning 30-yard volley marking his top-flight debut in style as Spurs won 2-1 in April 2010.
The left-back has since become an established first-team star at White Hart Lane and has played a key role this season with his industrious displays, covering more than 10 kilometres per match.
Even if he has had to share time on the pitch with Ben Davies, who started in the defeat by West Ham United in midweek, Rose’s 1,342 minutes of BPL action this season have been productive, yielding a 79% pass completion rate and 13 chances laid on for his team-mates.
The 25-year-old even chipped in with the winning goal against Swansea City last weekend, opening his account for the campaign.
Arsenal’s season was grinding to a halt when they arrived at White Hart Lane in April 2011. Arsene Wenger’s side had been knocked out of the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League the previous month, having suffered a shock League Cup final loss to Birmingham City in February.
A return of seven points from their last five Barclays Premier League matches also meant they could not afford to slip up against their rivals, who had won at Emirates Stadium in November.
But Arsenal’s title hopes were dashed as they squandered a two-goal lead in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Theo Walcott and Rafael van der Vaart exchanged goals in the opening 10 minutes, before Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie made it 3-1 to Arsenal. Van der Vaart’s penalty on the stroke of half-time gave the home fans hope and Tom Huddlestone’s wonderful half-volley kept Arsenal six points behind Manchester United, the leaders.
The north London divide is not commonly crossed, but Sol Campbell, William Gallas, Emmanuel Adebayor and David Bentley have played for both Arsenal and Spurs in the competition.