The Premier League is back after two weeks of the International break. The Premier League game week 9 returns with a blockbuster fixture in the North London Derby. The North London derbies are always full of excitement and drama over the years.
In the North London derby, Arsenal comes up against Tottenham Hotspurs. The two premier league giants square off in an intense clash which results in an exciting match for the viewers across the continent.
Prior to the North London Derby, which pitted two teams against one another. For the first time in a long time, Arsenal’s Premier League season is off to a great start. They have won their first five consecutive Premier League games for the first time in 40 years. Arsenal appears to be a perfectly balanced team.
They are playing effectively from both ends of the field. The addition of Gabriel Jesus has changed the game for them offensively. Since his arrival, Jesus has added an entirely new dimension to Arsenal’s offense. The defense pairing between Gabriel and Saliba has been outstanding.
When it comes to Tottenham Hotspurs, Antonio Conte has led them to a fantastic start to the season. Conte has fundamentally changed the Spurs. Spurs are now among the top contenders for the championship this year thanks to Conte. At Spurs, Conte’s strategy has prospered well. The mindset and tactics of their management are completely shared by the players. Spurs have a golden chance to beat the Gunners in the North London derby this weekend.
Many well-known players from both sides have contributed to this ferocious rivalry. Players like Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, and Harry Kane have left their mark in this ferocious environment, but there have been many more as well. The top five goal scorers in this rivalry are shown below.
Top 5 Goal Scorers from North London Derby
5. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
Henry is arguably one of the biggest names in the world of football. He joined Arsenal back in 1999 and made a name for himself playing at Gunners. Henry for the Gunners was just outstanding. He use to pop up with insane goals time and again helping Arsenal over the years in their quest for glory. He was a brutal force front and was unstoppable during his Arsenal days. Henry has scored 175 goals for Arsenal. But Henry had so far disappointed North London Derby by his standard as he could only manage 5 goals in this iconic fixture.
4. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Next in line is none other than Wales man Gareth Bale. Bale in his first stint at Spurs was a complete beast. He exploited defense down the flanks and was troublesome to deal with. Bale enjoyed a lot of success at Spurs especially from 2007 to 2013. During those years he made 146 appearances for Spurs and managed to score 40 plus goals for Tottenham.
Bale again returned to Spurs on loan back in the 2020-21 season. Jose Mourinho was then Spurs manager and Bale initially enjoyed a lot of success but later diminished. He could only manage to get 20 appearances in that season and managed to net 11 times. Bale is always a big game player and he used to step up. His favorite fixture was the North London Derby. He scored 5 goals in this fixture during his time with Spurs.
3. Robert Pires (Arsenal)
Another big name from Arsenal history books is Robert Pires. Pires has been a phenomenal player throughout his career. He was the creative engine in the Arsenal team. He spent 6 seasons with Arsenal scoring 62 goals. The Frenchman has a good record in the North London derby, scoring eight goals.
2. Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur)
The only player on this list who has played for both teams is Emmanuel Adebayor. He’s experienced success on both sides. The striker, who was born in Togo, scored 46 goals while playing for Arsenal between 2006 and 2009. He spent two stints at Tottenham Hotspur, the first while on loan in 2011–12 and the second from 2012–2015. Adebayor did better at Arsenal, scoring eight goals in seven games, as opposed to just two with Spurs.
1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspurs)
The top scorer in the North London derby is none other than Englishmen Harry Kane. Kane has been a phenomenal player at Spurs. He has been the most reliable for Spurs. Kane is Tottenham’s go-to player during big games. Spurs count on Kane to step up in every big game and he doesn’t disappoint Spurs fans. Kane has scored 13 goals in this fiery North London derby. He is the only active player who is still playing in his fiery fixture.