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Chance for Spurs youngsters to forge north London derby legend

| 23.09.2015

The high turnover of players at White Hart Lane in the last few years creates a number of connotations for the squad, both good and bad.

On the one hand, Spurs have lost money on an array of signings and become an unsettled outfit since the sale of Gareth Bale prompted the sea change.

However, the youth-centric unit Mauricio Pochettino currently has at his disposal has the potential to propel Spurs to success – be that top-four finishes or cup wins – in the next five years.

Not only that, but there is a real opportunity for the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Ryan Mason to ink themselves into Lilywhites folklore in big matches, with the north London derby the pinnacle.

The fixture has been kind to a lot of players over the years and a list of its most prominent protagonists in the Premier League era can be found below. But Spurs current stars especially have a real chance to join that list.

A Capital One Cup tie provides them with the first of three chances to leave their mark, with Ladbrokes making them the 2/1 underdogs for the battle at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal, a collectively more experienced group in the rivalry, are rated at 11/8 with the draw priced at 13/5, but there are a host of special offers aside from the match betting that should pique interest.

Spurs to win with both teams scoring is out to 5/1 from 4s, while Arsenal winning in the same circumstances is extended to 4/1 from 3s.

Not only that, if Ladbrokes customers place a pre-play bet up to £25 on the game, then match the stake with an in-play selection, they will get the in-running bet refunded should it lose.

North London derby icons: Players with a positive past in Spurs v Arsenal meetings

Robert Pires , Arsenal: 12 games, eight goals


It would take some north London derby career to better the floppy-haired Frenchman’s, who never experienced losing against Spurs in his 12 outings against them between 2000 and 2006.

Not only did the man known as Bobby go unbeaten, but he rippled the net with regularity too, often scoring killer goals to sink Spurs’ hopes.

Samir Nasri, Arsenal: six games, four goals


The divisive Frenchman has relished lining up against Spurs during his whole career in England.

Starting off under Arsene Wenger, the midfielder scored four times in six games before following the cash to Man City, where he has added another two strikes in five.

Jermaine Jenas, Tottenham: 12 games, four goals


Although an easily forgettable name among Spurs’ history, Jenas certainly saved his best for the big games.

21 percent of his career Premier League goals came against Arsenal and Manchester United and the midfielder managed four in all-competitions for Tottenham against their local rivals.

Although he was rarely on the winning side – just three times in a Spurs shirt in fact – he notched in either leg of the Lilywhites 07/08 League Cup semi-final tie.

Gareth Bale, Tottenham: 10 games, five goals


The Real Madrid star had a decent strike rate against the Gunners in his time at the Lane, scoring in every-other appearance across his 10 outings against them.

Emmanuel Adebayor, both: 16 games, 10 goals


As a player who has had his feet in both camps, Adebayor has an unsurprisingly strong record in the fixture.

However it was as an Arsenal player that he enjoyed his time most, rippling the onion bag eight times in nine appearances.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.