The north London derby. One of the fiercest battles in the Premier League. One of the great struggles between two clubs who, traditionally, have been at the top end of English football. The stage for ferocious and often controversial encounters.
Who could forget the return of Sol Campbell? Spurs' injury-time comeback in that 4-4 draw at the Emirates? Or Arsenal fans celebrating their title triumph at White Hart Lane?
Spurs may have won a few famous victories but there can be little doubt that - using the yardstick of league placings - Arsenal have won the war.
Manchester United look to have missed out on yet more summer transfer targets with Athletic Bilbao turning down a £25million offer for midfielder Ander Herrera and Roma knocking back an enquiry for Daniele De Rossi.
The 24-year-old Spaniard, who impressed against United in the Europa League two seasons ago, is arguably Bilbao's star man and has been linked with a move away from the Spanish club.
And De Rossi, 30, is a World Cup winner with 91 caps for Italy and is one of the most coveted and highly paid players in Serie A.
Gordon Taylor was fighting for his future on Wednesday night after details of his extraordinary gambling habit emerged.
His fate will be sealed by a vote of the PFA’s management committee today.
The PFA chief executive, who earns just over £1million a year, was locked in emergency talks with his deputy John Bramhall, chairman Clarke Carlisle and PFA lawyers at their Manchester office yesterday afternoon.
Exit: Taylor leaves the PFA offices in Manchester just before 6:30pm
Manchester City face the prospect of a horror draw on Thursday afternoon for the group stage of the Champions League.
Following two consecutive exits from the group stage and after their dismal bottom-place finish last season they are in the third of four pots meaning they could face the current champions Bayern Munich or either of the Spanish giants Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Tough task: Manuel Pellegrini's men could face Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich
Neymar collected his first trophy in Barcelona colours as the Catalan giants secure a fourth Spanish Super Cup in five years on away goals after a 0-0 second leg draw at the Nou Camp.
After last week's first leg at the Calderon ended 1-1, expectations of an entertaining spectacle were high when new signing Neymar, who came off the bench to head the equaliser in Madrid, was included in the starting lineup for the first time since joining from Santos.
World Player of the Year Lionel Messi was also back from injury but both struggled to cope with the visitors' muscular tactics in what turned out to be a poor quality game littered with fouls including the dismissal of Atletico fullback Filipe Luis in the 81st minute.
Chelsea will sign Samuel Eto’o on a stunning £7million one-year deal on Thursday after admitting defeat in their pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
Eto’o, the 32-year-old Cameroon forward, is taking a huge pay cut from the £17m a year that made him the world’s best paid footballer at Anzhi Makhachkala and will sign on a free transfer.
However, Anzhi are understood to have sweetened the deal by giving Eto’o a multi-million-pound lump sum to get him off their wage bill.
Eto'o arrived at London's St Pancras station on Wednesday night, where he was pictured with super-agent Pini Zahavi, and is due to have a medical at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground before finalising terms after his advisers held talks on Wednesday.
Willian has completed his £32million move to Chelsea after being granted a work permit.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gave evidence on the Brazilian’s behalf for his hearing today. The 25-year-old had a medical at Stamford Bridge at the weekend. The Blues hijacked Tottenham’s bid to sign Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala last week.
Speaking on the Chelsea club website, Willian, who has signed a five-year deal at the club, said: 'I'm very happy to be here, it's been a dream of mine to come and play here.'
Dream move: Willian has signed for Chelsea on a five-year deal
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will miss Sunday's North London derby with Tottenham after suffering a hamstring injury in the Champions League qualifying defeat of Fenerbahce.
The Germany international is expected to be out for three weeks after pulling up in the opening minute of the second half of the 2-0 second leg win over the Turkish side which completed a 5-0 aggregate triumph.
Manager Arsene Wenger said: 'We paid a heavy price on the injury front because we lost Podolski.
Blow: Lukas Podolski added to Arsenal's injury woes as the striker was taken off on a stretcher
Liverpool have been rocked by injuries to three stars ahead of their weekend game against Manchester United.
Kolo Toure, Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen all limped off during the 4-2 Capital One Cup win over Notts County at Anfield.
Toure looked to be the worst case, being carried off on a stretcher with a groin problem while Cissokho was forced off early on due to an ankle complaint and midfielder Joe Allen also had to be substituted having sustained an apparent hamstring problem.
From sulky outsider to team talisman, the transformation in Wayne Rooney in the space of a week has been remarkable.
The man who could not be bothered to celebrate a goal with the rest of his team-mates at Swansea was back on song at Old Trafford on Monday night, commanding centre stage once again and dictating Manchester United’s play.
So what has changed in Rooney’s mind to make such a difference? The answer, quite simply, is an acceptance on behalf of the England striker and his representatives that he is going nowhere for now; that United mean it when they say he will not be sold to Chelsea under any circumstances.
Expressing their opinions: Wayne Rooney was backed by fans at Old Trafford on Monday
From the creaking boards of the temporary stage erected to present Gareth Bale to his new audience it is not hard to understand why the Welshman has set his heart on this move to Real Madrid.
Five tiers of blue-and-white seats steeple towards a clear blue sky and when he steps out on to the canvas-topped scaffold, perhaps later this week, thousands will be there to acclaim his switch from the lilywhite of Tottenham to Los Merengues.
When the time comes for him to pull on the famous white Real shirt for real and leave the home dressing room, turn left, down 24 steps into the tunnel before climbing 14 steps on to the turf, the place will be packed, dripping with adulation, excited to see their latest Galactico.
Relaxed: Gareth Bale was pictured on Sunday in his rented apartment in Marbella
Jose Mourinho has given Wayne Rooney 48 hours to make a public declaration that he wants to quit Manchester United for Chelsea.
In a stunning move following the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, the Chelsea manager told the player ‘who started the story’ that ‘he now has to finish it’.
Chelsea have tabled two bids for the England striker and will make a third if Rooney publicly asks to leave. United fans sang Rooney’s name throughout the game and Mourinho claims he is unlikely to make another move.
Ultimatum: Mourinho wants Rooney to make his mind up within the next 48 hours
Thrills, intrigue, mystery — and that was just the team-sheet. A pity the show didn’t live up to the cast list.
Manchester United picked Wayne Rooney. Chelsea picked what is known in modern football parlance as a false nine. The crowd might as well have picked fluff out of their navels. A game that promised plenty, at the very least a compelling tactical battle, delivered less than the sum of its parts.
There were talented players here, but they were smothered by efficient resistance and Jose Mourinho’s gambit of coming north without a conventional starting striker. As a consequence, this wasn’t even one for the purists, for those that love the subtlety of the chess match. This was a failure, pure and simple.
Back in the fold: Rooney started for United but was unable to break the deadlock at Old Trafford