Great north reign
September 30 1996, and with Deep Blue Something’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s sitting pretty at the top of the UK music charts, Arsene Wenger arrives at Arsenal to take over from Bruce Rioch.
Sixteen years later, the Frenchman has three league titles, four FA Cups and 918 games in charge to his name – and, incredibly, he’s outlasted nine Tottenham managers (not to mention Deep Blue Something, who disbanded in 2001) during his time in charge.
On the eve of his 39th north London derby, however, it’s worth taking note of our table above. Twitchy trigger finger aside, Daniel Levy has overseen a steady increase in Tottenham’s fortunes, and his latest head coach arrives at the Emirates tomorrow with a one-point advantage over the Gunners.
Can Andre Villas-Boas mastermind what would be Wenger’s sixth derby defeat? Is the north London tide about to turn? Can anyone actually remember the verses to Breakfast At Tiffany’s? All but one of these questions will go a long way to being answered tomorrow. In the meantime, we've pulled out pictures from a few classics:
(Picture 2) November 1999: Spurs win 2-1
After six successes, Arsene Wenger loses a north London derby for the first time.
(3) November 2004: Arsenal win 5-4
Spurs go ahead but lose a rollercoaster of a game.
(4) October 2008: 4-4 draw
Spurs score twice in the dying moments in Harry Redknapp’s first game in charge.
(5) April 2011: 3-3 draw
Spurs come from 3-1 down to seriously dent Arsenal’s title hopes.