Arsenal have lost just once to Tottenham Hotspur at home in all competitions since 1993, so why was anyone in doubt that they could get a result on Saturday?
With the all pre-game build-up focusing on power-shifts and the ever-decreasing gap between the two sides, one crucial fact was ignored.
When it comes to home North London derbies, Arsenal’s record is fantastic. In fact, the Gunners have lost just twice at home to Tottenham in nearly 25 years: in 2010 and in 1993.
In 29 encounters between the two sides at either Highbury or the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal have won 16 times and drawn 11.
With such an imperious home record, nobody should have doubted Arsenal’s ability to win the game. Home North London derbies have rarely been a problem. The optimism surrounding Tottenham’s chances perhaps came from their recent results against Arsenal.
Their last three visits to the Emirates saw them come away with 1-1 draws, while they’ve won two of their last three derbies at White Hart Lane. Yet, playing away to Arsenal is something they’ve yet to crack.
The last manager to do so was Harry Redknapp, with a squad not as talented as the one at Mauricio Pochettino’s disposal. Before then, you have go back to 1993 for another Spurs win.
Before last season, that was the last time Spurs finished above us in the league. Arsenal aren’t as strong as they used to be, but at home they shouldn’t be underestimated, no matter the narrative surrounding the rivalry.