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Premier League Rivalries: North London derby

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One of England’s longest-running and most competitive encounters, the North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal makes for one of greatest rivalries in Premier League.

The matchup dates back to the early 20th century and has added tons of thrilling chapters to its book of history. Since the start of the Premier League era, both clubs are constantly competing not only to outdo one another but to make a name for themselves at the top echelons of European football.

The North London derby is much more than two rivals facing off for 90 minutes, it’s the dichotomy between the two ways of living in modern-day north London.

Pro Soccer Talk’s Joe Prince-Wright dives into the derbies origin, its development and its actual reality.

Bergwijn keeps Tottenham’s Champions League hopes alive

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In one fell swoop, Steven Bergwijn showed why he could be the key to keeping Tottenham’s hopes alive in the UEFA Champions League, both this season and next.

After joining Tottenham from PSV Eindhoven in a $33 million transfer earlier this week, Bergwijn dazzled and delighted in his debut at the renovated White Hart Lane, scoring a goal on the half-volley as Spurs took out Man City, 2-0. With the win, Tottenham now sits just four points behind Chelsea and fourth place in the Premier League.

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More important than the win however was that the 22-year-old’s performance on Sunday showed exactly the kind of skills, ability, and work rate he brings to Tottenham. With Harry Kane out long term and Tottenham still searching for reliable attacking options who can score, you can do much worse than sign Bergwijn, who has lit up the Netherlands’ Eredivisie and Europe for the past three and a half seasons.

Bergwijn scored 14 goals in the Eredivisie last season, and after playing for the Netherlands National Team and in the Champions League for PSV, he’s battle tested against the best teams and players in Europe. With crunch Premier League matches coming in the weeks ahead, Tottenham will have to rely on Bergwijn to create goal-scoring chances and even score a few from his wide position to make up the four-point distance between them and the final Champions League place. In addition, he’ll be eligible to play for Spurs in the Champions League this season, including matches against Bundesliga front-runners RB Leipzig.

Spurs will also have to hope that Bergwijn doesn’t need much time to fully adjust to the pace and physicality of the Premier League. Based on Sunday’s performance, it looks like he’s ready to go.

Transfer rumor roundup: Rose in demand; Matviyenko to Arsenal

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With just one week to go until the January transfer window shuts, things are heating up across the Premier League as clubs prepare to shuffle their packs and have a roll of the dice ahead of the final months of the season.

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Here’s a look at some of the latest rumors popping up around the PL.

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Danny Rose is a man in demand as the Tottenham left back has reportedly fallen out with Jose Mourinho.

Rose, 29, has just over a year left on his current Spurs contract and has already publicly stated that he intents to run it down as chairman Daniel Levy hasn’t offered him a new deal.

Given his current situation as youngster Japhet Tanganga has held down the left back spot in recent weeks, multiple reports claim that Newcastle, Bournemouth and Watford are all said to be interested in Rose’s experience at left back. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was very complimentary of Rose when asked about a possible loan move for the man who has been at Spurs for 12 years.

The England international will be keen to play in the second part of the season as he tries to seal his spot in Gareth Southgate‘s Three Lions squad for EURO 2020 and although giving up Champions League action and a top four push will be tough, playing regularly has to be his aim and it doesn’t seem like that will happen at Spurs.

Watford have Adam Mesina filing in at left back with Jose Holebas out injured, while Newcastle have big injury problems in that area with Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett both out for the rest of the season. As for Bournemouth, Charlie Daniels remans out and Sergio Rico has had an up and down time.

Newcastle would seem like a smart move for Rose who could play as a left wing back and he would be urged to get forward and join attacks whenever he felt like it. The Magpies are also well clear of the relegation scrap which would mean he could enjoy himself a little more and provide an attacking outlet for Bruce’s side.

At this stage of his career whoever does sign Rose, if he leaves Spurs, would be getting a vastly experienced professional who is solid defensively and capable of delivering moments of quality in the final third, even if his best days seem long gone.


Heading across north London and Arsenal have been linked with Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine center back Mykola Matviyenko.

The 23-year-old can operate as a left-sided center back and Arsenal certainly need an extra option in that area of the pitch after Callum Chambers’ season-ending injury and the erratic form of Shkodran Mustafi, David Luiz and Sokratis.

According to his agent Matviyenko would be available on loan for the rest of this season and Shakhtar are reportedly asking for a transfer fee in excess of $40 million for the defender who has been key to their success and Ukraine reaching EURO 2020 this summer.

Mikel Arteta remained tight-lipped when asked directly about Matviyenko in his latest press conference but he has confirmed all January long that the Gunners are looking to sign new central defenders. Jerome Boateng, John Stones and Dayot Upamecano have all been linked with a move to Arsenal but maybe Matviyenko is the best fit for Arteta’s men.

Premier League issues statement supporting Tottenham, Chelsea

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The Premier League is giving it’s backing to its clubs, Tottenham and Chelsea in particular, as investigations continue into alleged racist abuse from White Hart Lane on Sunday.

In a statement released Monday, the Premier League re-iterated its support for whatever punishment Tottenham and Chelsea decide for their supporters who are proven to have committed racist abuse during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham.

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“The Premier League and our clubs will not tolerate discrimination in any form,” the Premier League wrote. ”If people are found to have racially abused Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger or Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, they deserve to be punished.

“We will support Tottenham Hotspur FC and Chelsea FC in their pursuit of any perpetrators and call for appropriate action to be taken by the authorities and the clubs. We appreciate the millions of supporters who help create a positive Premier League matchday atmosphere and have made it clear that racist conduct or language is unacceptable.

“The Premier League uses a protocol specifically designed to support players, managers and match officials who believe they are being subjected to discriminatory abuse during a match. This protocol is intended to ensure that abuse is stopped and offenders dealt with efficiently by clubs and police.”

Tottenham issue statement on alleged racist abuse

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Tottenham are investigating the alleged racist abuse aimed at Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger during the Blues’ 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

According to Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Rudiger expressed to him that racist chants were being aimed at him during the second half of Sunday’s match, shortly after his incident with Son Heung-min.

“It is made very clear to us all that if we have heard any racist incident to report it. Tony came to me and told me he was listening to racist songs towards him so I reported it to the referee,” Azpilicueta said. “We are very concerned and aware of this behavior. Altogether we need to make it stop. I hope everything gets clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible. It‘s an issue not just in football but in life.”

The alleged incident caused the match to be paused momentarily by referee Anthony Taylor, in accordance to official protocol issued by FIFA.

Following the match, Spurs confirmed through a statement that they have launched an investigation and are ready to “take the strongest possible action” against anyone found guilty of the alleged racist abuse.

The club’s statement reads: “We are now conducting a thorough investigation which will include liaising with Chelsea and their players for their observations. Any form of racism is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our stadium. We take any such allegations extremely seriously and shall take the strongest possible action against any individual found to be behaving in such a way, including stadium bans.”