Three interesting stats ahead of Arsenal v Tottenham

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A bonus North London derby takes place this weekend as Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Emirates.

The Gunners downed their local rivals 1-0 at their home ground in Premier League action back in September, kickstarting Arsenal's season, handing Spurs an unwelcome early setback.

Whilst the two weren’t due to face off again until March 15, the FA Cup third round draw saw them brought together, causing Arsene Wenger to sarcastically quip that it was just what his side needed.

A spectacle for supporters and neutrals, the nature of the fixture may allow some faces on the fringes to rack up minutes to add a bit of intrigue and make themselves terrace heroes.

Here are three interesting stats ahead of Spurs' visit to the Emirates at the weekend.

- Eight: Eight nations have been represented on the scoresheet in the last four North London derbies, with players from France, Wales, England, Germany, Togo, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic all doing the business. Twelve different players have been responsible for rippling the net during this stretch.

- Thirteen: Tottenham and Arsenal haven’t met in the FA Cup since April 8, 2001. Current Spurs boss Tim Sherwood was in the starting eleven that day as his club fell to a 2-1 defeat at Highbury. Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires each struck for the Gunners to secure the victory after Gary Doherty gave the visitors an early lead.

- Eighteen: Spurs and the Gunners have combined to win 18 of the 132 contested FA Cup finals, nearly 14% of the titles on offer, and rank third and second respectively behind Manchester United for most triumphs in the competition.

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