Match Preview: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Emirates Stadium, Holloway, Islington, London N5
Saturday 31st October 2009, Kick Off 12:45
Premier League, Match 11 (10 for Arsenal)
Arsenal: 3rd in Premier League, 19 points from 27
Tottenham Hotspur: 4th in Premier League, 19 points from 30
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant referees: Peter Kirkup & Stephen Child
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell
Tottenham Hotspur visit Arsenal in the early Saturday match for the first of this season's North London Derbies fresh from a good 2-0 win over Everton in the League (Carling) Cup on Tuesday night, which saw Spurs safely through to the Quarter-Finals. Tom Huddlestone and Robbie Keane were the scorers in a very comfortable Spurs performance. Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 in the League Cup on Wednesday with goals from Fran Merida and Nicklas Bendtner.
Both teams are level on 19 points at the top end of the table with Arsenal in third, having played a game less than Tottenham Hotspur in fourth. Spurs are unbeaten against Arsenal in the last four meetings between the clubs with a win and three draws. The last meeting in February ended in a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski picked up a thigh injury in midweek so Manuel Almunia could return for the first time since September. Manager Arsene Wenger is still without the midfield trio of Tomas Rosicky, Denilson and Theo Walcott.
Harry Redknapp reports that Ledley King is fit to face Arsenal and David Bentley will start at the Emirates on Saturday.
Ledley has missed the last two games against Stoke and Everton through illness but was back in training on Friday.
He was joined by fellow central defender Jonathan Woodgate, back in training after a nasty clash of heads against Stoke last weekend and Peter Crouch, who was kept out of the Everton by a slight groin strain.
"Crouchy's fine and both Ledley and Jonathan are training again," said Harry at Spurs Lodge on Friday afternoon.
"We're still without Aaron Lennon, Luka Modric and Giovani and Jermain Defoe is suspended, but other than that, we're okay."
David turned in a fine display on his return to the side in the Carling Cup victory against the Toffees on Tuesday.
Playing wide right, David delivered the cross for Tom Huddlestone's opening goal at the Lane and was first on the scene when Tim Howard saved Robbie Keane's penalty for the second goal - his follow up was saved before Robbie finally found the target.
"David has so much ability and he was outstanding on Tuesday," added Harry. "He looked bright in training this morning (Friday) and his delivery from set-pieces was fantastic. "He's a quality football and we need David Bentley playing well, because when he plays well he's a real asset to the club. "He's looking forward to the game, going back to Arsenal again and it's a big game for him. He scored a great goal there last season and I'm sure he'd love to score another goal on Saturday. "He looks in the right frame of mind and very sharp. "We now need a run of performances from him. We've got Aaron Lennon, Modric and Defoe to all come back, good players here and we need them all playing well. "He will play tomorrow, David, he will go back there and play."
Suspended: None Doubtful: None
Injured: Denilson (back), Djourou, Rosicky and Walcott (all knee), Fabianski (thigh), Wilshere (ankle)
Suspended: Defoe (1 game)
Doubtful: Lennon (ankle); Woodgate (concussion)
Injured: Giovani (ankle), Modric (broken leg)
• Arsenal are undefeated in their last 19 meetings with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. Spurs' last victory over their North London rivals in the top-flight came in November 1999 and their last away win at Arsenal was in May 1993.
• The Gunners have dropped only four points from a possible 30 in their last 10 Premier League home meetings with the Lilywhites.
• But Tottenham are unbeaten in their last four matches against Arsenal (two league, two cup).
• The Gunners have taken only 14 points from a possible 33 in their last 11 London derbies in the Premier League.
• Arsenal have conceded 13 league goals so far this season, which is their worst-ever defensive record in the Premier League after nine games of the season.
• A league high of 12 different nationalities have scored for Arsenal this season.
• Arsenal currently have 997 points under the management of Arsene Wenger in the Premier League.
• Tottenham have scored nine goals in their last three matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
• Spurs have twice scored four goals in a match against Arsenal in the last five years, but haven't ended up on the winning side in either game.
• 11 of Spurs' goals this season have come from English players, a joint-league high along with Sunderland.
Van Persie: 6 goals (5 league);
Vermaelen & Fabregas: 5 goals (4 league)
Defoe: 7 goals (6 league); Keane: 6 goals (4 league)
LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS
Arsenal (D 2-2 v West Ham, a):
Mannone, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Eboue (Bendtner 82), Song Billong, Fabregas, Diaby (Eduardo 88), Arshavin, van Persie.
Subs Not Used: Almunia, Nasri, Ramsey, Silvestre, Gibbs.
Tottenham Hotspur (L 0-1 v Stoke, h):
Gomes, Corluka, Woodgate (Dawson 14), Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone (Jenas 71), Palacios, Kranjcar, Keane (Pavlyuchenko 63), Crouch.
Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Hutton, Bale, Naughton.
MARK LAWRENSON'S PREDICTION (BBC):
Arsenal have been swotting teams at home and have a fantastic record at the Emirates. Spurs would have wished this match came a month ago, the hiccup last week against Stoke left us thinking 'is this the old Tottenham?' With no Defoe and probably no Lennon there is a lack of cutting edge.
Verdict: Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday afternoon's match will be the 235th meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Here are the results of all the previous 234 games with Spurs' score shown first:
19-Nov-1887 Friendly - H W 2 - 1 unknown scorers 04-Feb-1888 Friendly - A L 2 - 6 unknown scorers 22-Sep-1888 Friendly - A W 1 - 0 Baldock 09-Mar-1889 Friendly - H L 0 - 1 21-Sep-1889 Friendly - A L 1 - 10 Parker 01-Oct-1892 Friendly - H W 3 - 0 Jull, Harston (2) 16-Mar-1896 Friendly - A W 3 - 1 Hunter, Brown, Gilmer og 30-Apr-1896 Friendly - H W 3 - 2 Almond, Clements, Payne 11-Mar-1899 United League6,000A L 1 - 2 Meade 29-Apr-1899 United League5,000H W 3 - 2 Smith, Joyce, Ord og 17-Apr-1900Sth Dist Comb Lge4,000H W 4 - 2 Smith, Pratt (2), Kirwan 24-Apr-1900Sth Dist Comb Lge500A L 1 - 2Pratt (Abandoned after 75 minutes - bad language) 16-Sep-01London League4,000A W 2 - 0 Gilhooley, Brown 23-Apr-02S/CharityCupSF 3,000H D 0 - 0 17-Nov-02London League- A L 1 - 2 Morris (pen) 01-Sep-03London League- H L 0 - 1 10-Oct-04S/CharityCup1 - A W 3 - 1 Brearley, Woodward (2) 28-Apr-06S/CharityCupSF Replay 8,000H L 0 - 5 22-Aug-14War Relief Fund - H L 1 - 5 Minter 04-Sep-15London Comb1 14,879A L 0 - 2 13-Nov-15London Comb1 7,000H D 3 - 3 Travers, Bliss, Steel 04-Mar-16London Comb2 6,000A W 3 - 0 Barton, Banks, Bliss 08-Apr-16London Comb2 7,000H W 3 - 2 Clay (pen), Bassett, Bliss 09-Sep-16London Combination 6,000A D 1 - 1 Bassett 02-Dec-16London Combination 11,000Hi W 4 - 1 Bassett, Banks (3) 06-Apr-17London Combination 5,000Ho D 0 - 0 09-Apr-17London Combination 12,000A L 2 - 3 Rance, Banks 22-Sep-17London Combination 10,000Hi L 1 - 2 Potter 17-Nov-17London Combination 10,000Ho W 1 - 0 Nuttall 12-Jan-18London Combination 9,000Hi W 4 - 1 Walden, Banks, Peake, Chipperfield og 09-Mar-18London Combination 15,000A L 1 - 4 Minter 12-Oct-18London Combination 19,900A L 0 - 3 07-Dec-18London Combination 12,000Hi W 1 - 0 McCalmont 01-Feb-19London Combination 16,000A W 3 - 2 Bennett, Minter, Jack 29-Mar-19London Combination 33,000Hi L 0 - 1 24-May-19Friendly - A D 0 - 0 29-Sep-19Lon Prof Charity Fund 10,000A W 1 - 0 Minter 25-Oct-20Lon Prof Charity Fund 17,436H W 2 - 0 Wilson (2) 01-Nov-20Lon Char Cup 2 14,500H W 3 - 1 Grimsdell, Walden, Banks 15-Jan-21Division 1 39,221H W 2 - 1 Cantrell, Bliss 22-Jan-21Division 1 60,600A L 2 - 3 Smith, Cantrell 14-Nov-21Lon Cha rCup SF 11,000N D 0 - 0 (a.e.t) 21-Nov-21Lon Char Cup SF Replay9,028N L 1 - 2 (a.e.t) Clay (pen) 15-Apr-22Division 1 40,394H W 2 - 0 Grimsdell, Seed 22-Apr-22Division 1 42,000A L 0 - 1 23-Sep-22Division 1 40,582H L 1 - 2 Lindsay 30-Sep-22Division 1 55,000A W 2 - 0 Dimmock (2) 23-Oct-22Lon Cha rCup 1 12,000A L 2 - 3 Handley (2) 17-Nov-23Division 1 50,000A D 1 - 1 Seed 24-Nov-23Division 1 31,624H W 3 - 0 Lindsay (2), Elkes 25-Oct-24Division 1 51,000A L 0 - 1 28-Feb-25Division 1 29,457H W 2 - 0 Elkes, Dimmock 29-Aug-25Division 1 53,183A W 1 - 0 Dimmock 02-Jan-26Division 1 43,221H D 1 - 1 Thompson 18-Dec-26Division 1 49,429A W 4 - 2 Seed, Osborne (2), Handley 07-May-27Division 1 29,555H L 0 - 4 02-Jan-28Division 1 13,518A D 1 - 1 O'Callaghan 07-Apr-28Division 1 39,193H W 2 - 0 O'Callaghan (2) 04-May-31Lon Char Cup F 10,160N L 1 - 2 Lyons (pen) 16-Sep-33Division 1 56,612H D 1 - 1 Felton (pen) 31-Jan-34Division 1 68,674A W 3 - 1 Howe, Evans W (2, 1pen) 20-Oct-34Division 1 70,544A L 1 - 5 Hunt GS 06-Mar-35Division 1 47,714H L 0 - 6 20-Aug-38JubileeTrust 41,997H W 2 - 0 Morrison, Lyman 17-Apr-39Friendly - N L 1 - 2 Duncan 01-Aug-39JubileeTrust 32,702H L 0 - 1 18-Nov-39FL South A 15,000A L 1 - 2 Howe 25-Jan-40FL South A 9,054H L 0 - 1 30-Mar-40FL South C 15,000H D 1 - 1 Medley 24-Apr-40FL South C 4,455A W 4 - 2 Duncan, Morrison (2), Dix 12-Oct-40Reg Lge Sth 4,568H X 2 - 3 Abandoned 47mins (Air Raid) Skinner, Medley 16-Nov-40Reg Lge Sth 1,916A D 1 - 1 Burgess 05-Apr-41FL War Cup 22,107A L 1 - 2 Howe 12-Apr-41FL War Cup 25,258H D 1 - 1 Ludford 03-May-41Lon War Cup 9,651H D 3 - 3 Ward (pen), Bennett K, Gibbons 21-May-41Lon War Cup 6,673A W 3 - 0 Gibbons, Duncan (2) 20-Sep-41London War Lge 17,446A L 0 - 4 27-Dec-41London War Lge 16,777H L 1 - 2 Ludford 07-Nov-42Football Lge Sth 21,551H W 1 - 0 Beasley 13-Feb-43Football Lge Sth 30,690A L 0 - 1 08-May-43Friendly - H L 1 - 2 Ludford 18-Dec-43Football Lge Sth 22,683H W 2 - 1 Beasley, Rowley 22-Apr-44Football Lge Sth 26,330A D 3 - 3 Burgess, Beasley, Martin 02-Sep-44Football Lge Sth 13,625H W 4 - 0 Broadis (2), Ludford (2) 09-Dec-44Football Lge Sth 29,432A W 3 - 2 Gibbons (3) 19-May-45Friendly - H W 4 - 0 Walters, Flavell, Dix, Howe 09-Feb-46Football Lge Sth 38,927A D 1 - 1 Blair 16-Feb-46Football Lge Sth 44,510H W 2 - 0 Hall AE, Whitchurch 25-Jan-47Friendly - H W 2 - 0 Woodward, Hall AE 08-Jan-49F.A. Cup 3 47,314A L 0 - 3 26-Aug-50Division 1 64,638A D 2 - 2 Burgess, Walters 23-Dec-50Division 1 54,898H W 1 - 0 Baily 29-Sep-51Division 1 72,164A D 1 - 1 Murphy 09-Feb-52Division 1 66,438H L 1 - 2 Walters 20-Sep-52Division 1 69,247H L 1 - 3 Harmer 07-Feb-53Division 1 69,051A L 0 - 4 04-May-53Friendly - A W 2 - 0 Bennett, Duquemin 10-Oct-53Division 1 69,821H L 1 - 4 Robb 27-Feb-54Division 1 64,311A W 3 - 0 Walters, Robb (2) 04-Sep-54Division 1 53,971A L 0 - 2 15-Jan-55Division 1 36,263H L 0 - 1 02-Mar-55Friendly - H L 1 - 4 Robb 10-Sep-55Division 1 51,029H W 3 - 1 Stokes (2), Baily 14-Jan-56Division 1 60,606A W 1 - 0 Robb 20-Oct-56Division 1 60,588A L 1 - 3 Smith R 13-Mar-57Division 1 64,555H L 1 - 3 Medwin 12-Oct-57Division 1 60,671H W 3 - 1 Medwin (2), Smith R 22-Feb-58Division 1 59,116A D 4 - 4 Harmer (2, 1pen), Smith R (2) 13-Sep-58Division 1 65,565A L 1 - 3 Clayton 31-Jan-59Division 1 60,241H L 1 - 4 Smith R 05-Sep-59Division 1 60,791A D 1 - 1 Medwin 16-Jan-60Division 1 58,962H W 3 - 0 Smith R, Allen (2) 10-Sep-60Division 1 59,868A W 3 - 2 Saul, Allen, Dyson 21-Jan-61Division 1 65,251H W 4 - 2 Blanchflower (pen), Smith R, Allen 26-Aug-61Division 1 59,371H W 4 - 3 Allen, Dyson (3) 23-Dec-61Division 1 63,440A L 1 - 2 Mackay 06-Oct-62Division 1 61,749H D 4 - 4 Mackay, White, Jones (2) 26-Jan-63Friendly - H W 3 - 1 Greaves (2), Jones 23-Feb-63Division 1 59,980A W 3 - 2 Marchi, Smith R, Jones 15-Oct-63Division 1 67,857A D 4 - 4 Mackay, Smith R (2), Greaves 22-Feb-64Division 1 57,261H W 3 - 1 Jones (2), Greaves (pen) 10-Oct-64Division 1 55,959H W 3 - 1 Robertson, Greaves, Saul 23-Feb-65Division 1 48,367A L 1 - 3 Gilzean 11-Sep-65Division 1 53,962H D 2 - 2 Gilzean, Saul 08-Mar-66Division 1 51,824A D 1 - 1 Posse 03-Sep-66Division 1 56,271H W 3 - 1 Greaves (2), Jones 07-Jan-67Division 1 49,851A W 2 - 0 Robertson, Gilzean 16-Sep-67Division 1 62,936A L 0 - 4 20-Jan-68Division 1 57,885H W 1 - 0 Gilzean 10-Aug-68Division 1 56,280H L 1 - 2 Greaves 20-Nov-68League Cup SF (1L) 55,237A L 0 - 1 04-Dec-68League Cup SF (2L) 55,923H D 1 - 1 Greaves 24-Mar-69Division 1 43,972A L 0 - 1 16-Sep-69Division 1 55,280A W 3 - 2 Chivers, Gilzean, Pratt 02-May-70Division 1 46,969H W 1 - 0 Gilzean 05-Sep-70Division 1 48,931A L 0 - 2 03-May-71Division 1 51,992H L 0 - 1 24-Nov-71Division 1 52,884H D 1 - 1 Chivers 11-May-72Division 1 42,038A W 2 - 0 Mullery, Coates 09-Dec-72Division 1 47,515H L 1 - 2 Peters 14-Apr-73Division 1 50,863A D 1 - 1 Chivers 13-Oct-73Division 1 41,856H W 2 - 0 Gilzean, Chivers 16-Feb-74Division 1 38,892A W 1 - 0 McGrath 19-Oct-74Division 1 36,294H W 2 - 0 Perryman, Chivers 26-Apr-75Division 1 43,762A L 0 - 1 27-Sep-75Division 1 37,064H D 0 - 0 22-Oct-75Friendly/Test - H D 2 - 2 McAllister, Knowles 03-Apr-76Division 1 42,031A W 2 - 0 Pratt, Duncan 09-Oct-76Friendly - A W 2 - 1 Conn, Duncan 23-Nov-76Friendly/Test - H W 3 - 2 Talyor, Greaves (2) 27-Dec-76Division 1 47,751H D 2 - 2 Young, Duncan 11-Apr-77Division 1 47,432A L 0 - 1 22-Nov-77Friendly - A W 3 - 1 Heffernan, Coates, Duncan 12-May-78Friendly/Test - H L 3 - 5 Perryman, Moores (2) 23-Dec-78Division 1 42,273H L 0 - 5 10-Apr-79Division 1 53,896A L 0 - 1 26-Dec-79Division 1 44,560A L 0 - 1 07-Apr-80Division 1 41,365H L 1 - 2 Jones 30-Aug-80Division 1 54,054A L 0 - 2 04-Nov-80League Cup 4 42,511H W 1 - 0 Ardiles 17-Jan-81Division 1 32,944H W 2 - 0 Archibald (2) 02-Jan-82F.A. Cup 3 38,421H W 1 - 0 Crooks 29-Mar-82Division 1 40,940H D 2 - 2 Hughton, Archibald 12-Apr-82Division 1 48,897A W 3 - 1 Hazard, Crooks (2) 27-Dec-82Division 1 51,497A L 0 - 2 04-Apr-83Division 1 43,642H W 5 - 0 Hughton (2), Brazil, Falco (2) 09-Nov-83League Cup 3 48,200H L 1 - 2 Hoddle (pen) 26-Dec-83Division 1 38,756H L 2 - 4 Roberts, Archibald 21-Apr-84Division 1 48,931A L 2 - 3 Archibald (2) 01-Jan-85Division 1 48,714A W 2 - 1 Falco, Crooks 17-Apr-85Division 1 40,399H L 0 - 2 08-May-85Friendly/Test - A W 3 - 2 Crook, Falco (2) 04-Aug-85Friendly/Test - H D 1 - 1 Leworthy 01-Jan-86Division 1 45,109A D 0 - 0 29-Mar-86Division 1 33,427H W 1 - 0 Stevens 06-Sep-86Division 1 44,703A D 0 - 0 04-Jan-87Division 1 37,723H L 1 - 2 Thomas M 08-Feb-87League Cup SF (1L) 41,256A W 1 - 0 Allen C 01-Mar-87League Cup SF (2L) 37,099H L 1 - 2 Allen C 04-Mar-87League Cup SF Replay 41,005H L 1 - 2 Allen C 10-Aug-87Friendly/Test - H W 3 - 1 Thomas, Allen C, Claesen 18-Oct-87Division 1 36,680H L 1 - 2 Claesen 06-Mar-88Division 1 37,143A L 1 - 2 Allen C 13-Aug-88Friendly - W L 0 - 4 10-Sep-88Division 1 32,621H L 2 - 3 Gascoigne, Waddle 02-Jan-89Division 1 45,129A L 0 - 2 18-Oct-89Division 1 33,944H W 2 - 1 Walsh, Samways 20-Jan-90Division 1 46,132A L 0 - 1 01-Sep-90Division 1 40,009A D 0 - 0 13-Oct-90Friendly 14,806A W 5 - 2 Stewart (3), Samways, Walsh 12-Jan-91Division 1 34,753H D 0 - 0 14-Apr-91F.A. Cup SF 77,893W W 3 - 1 Gascoigne, Lineker (2) 19-Aug-91Charity Shield 65,483W D 0 - 0 01-Dec-91Division 1 38,892A L 0 - 2 22-Feb-92Division 1 33,124H D 1 - 1 Stewart 12-Dec-92FA Prem 33,707H W 1 - 0 Allen 04-Apr-93F.A. Cup SF 76,263W L 0 - 1 11-May-93FA Prem 26,393A W 3 - 1 Sheringham, Hendry (2) 16-Aug-93FA Prem 28,355H L 0 - 1 06-Dec-93FA Prem 35,669A D 1 - 1 Anderton 02-Jan-95FA Prem 28,747H W 1 - 0 Popescu 29-Apr-95FA Prem 38,337A D 1 - 1 Klinsmann 18-Nov-95FA Prem 32,894H W 2 - 1 Sheringham, Armstrong 15-Apr-96FA Prem 38,273A D 0 - 0 23-Nov-96FA Prem 38,264A L 1 - 3 Sinton 15-Feb-97FA Prem 33,039H D 0 - 0 30-Aug-97FA Prem 38,102A D 0 - 0 28-Dec-97FA Prem 29,610H D 1 - 1 Neilsen 14-Nov-98FA Prem 38,278A D 0 - 0 05-May-99FA Prem 36,019H L 1 - 3 Anderton 07-Nov-99FA Prem 36,085H W 2 - 1 Iversen, Sherwood 19-Mar-2000FA Prem 38,131A L 1 - 2 Armstrong 18-Dec-00FA Prem 36,062H D 1 - 1 Rebrov 31-Mar-01FA Prem 38,121A L 0 - 2 09-Apr-01F.A. Cup SF 63,050N L 1 - 2 Doherty 17-Nov-01FA Prem 36,049H D 1 - 1 Poyet 06-Apr-02FA Prem 38,186A L 1 - 2 Sheringham (pen) 16-Nov-02FA Prem 38,152A L 0 - 3 15-Dec-02FA Prem 36,076H D 1 - 1 Ziege 08-Nov-03FA Prem 38,101A L 1 - 2 Anderton 24-Apr-04FA Prem 36,097H D 2 - 2 Redknapp, Keane (pen) 13-Nov-04FA Prem 36,095H L 4 - 5 Naybet, Defoe, King, Kanoute 25-Apr-05FA Prem 38,147A L 0 - 1 29-Oct-05FA Prem 36,154H D 1 - 1 King 22-Apr-06FA Prem 38,326A D 1 - 1 Keane 02-Dec-06FA Prem 60,115A L 0 - 3 24-Jan-07League Cup SF (1L) 35,485H D 2 - 2 Berbatov, Baptista og 31-Jan-07League Cup SF (2L) 55,872A L 1 - 3 (a.e.t) Mido 21-Apr-07FA Prem 36,050H D 2 - 2 Keane, Jenas 15-Sep-07FA Prem 36,053H L 1 - 3 Bale 22-Dec-07FA Prem 60,087A L 1 - 2 Berbatov 09-Jan-08League Cup SF (1L) 53,136A D 1 - 1 Jenas 22-Jan-08League Cup SF (2L) 35,979H W 5 - 1 Jenas, Bendtner og, Keane, Lennon, Malbranque 29-Oct-08FA Prem 60,043A D 4 - 4 Bentley, Bent, Jenas, Lennon 08-Feb-09FA Prem 36,021 H D 0 - 0
LAST TIME WE MET...
Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Arsenal
9th February 2009, Premier League, White Hart Lane
Robbie Keane drew a blank on his return to White Hart Lane as Arsenal survived the first-half dismissal of Emmanuel Eboue to earn a point against Tottenham in the north London derby.
Arsene Wenger's side - who also lost Emmanuel Adebayor to a hamstring injury and left new signing Andrey Arshavin as an unused substitute - will be happier with the stalemate after a frenetic encounter short on quality.
In reality, however, the result did little to help Spurs' bid to escape the Premier League danger zone or the Gunners' attempts to force their way into the top four.
Eboue was sent off by referee Mike Dean after 37 minutes for lashing out at Luka Modric, after earlier being needlessly booked for dissent.
Keane had a busy debut, flashing a header just over and shooting narrowly wide in the second half, but Arsenal's rearguard action ensured Spurs must wait to end their sequence of failing to beat their arch-rivals in the Premier League since 1999.
The home side enjoyed superiority in terms of possession and territory, and it took a vital block from Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia to deny Modric when he raced clear in injury time.
Modric and Aaron Lennon also forced earlier saves from Almunia, while Roman Pavlyuchenko missed two good opportunities.
Arsenal rarely threatened at the other end, but when they did Alex Song wasted their best chance when he shot wide from eight yards following a corner.
Tottenham keeper Carlo Cudicini was relatively untroubled until he turned over a shot from Nicklas Bendtner late on.
Wenger will be satisfied with the resilience demonstrated by his 10 men, but he cut an animated and frustrated figure for much of the afternoon.
He insisted his side were never in serious trouble, despite playing with a man less, and was furious that Eboue was denied what he felt was a legitimate goal in the 14th minute when referee Dean ruled Spurs defender Jonathan Woodgate had been fouled.
The loss of two more points surely kills off any lingering suggestion that Arsenal might be involved in the Premier League title race, and increases the pressure in their attempt to break into the Champions League places.
Spurs gave newly appointed captain Keane an instant debut after his return from a miserable spell at Liverpool - but Wenger decided to keep Arshavin on the bench.
The visitors' main danger in a fiercely contested first half came down the flanks, with Eboue an early threat after being played in by Robin van Persie.
But Harry Redknapp's side had moments of their own, with Lennon's low drive producing a save from Almunia and Pavlyuchenko shooting over from a promising position.
Modric has shown signs of flourishing under Redknapp's guidance after struggling, along with many others, under the stewardship of Juande Ramos.
The Croatian was at the heart of most of Spurs' best efforts, creating an opening for Lennon with an astute pass inside Gael Clichy and then forcing Almunia into action with an effort from 20 yards.
Spurs were almost the architects of their own downfall after 31 minutes when Vedran Corluka's clumsy attempts to shepherd the ball out of play saw him robbed by a combination of Samir Nasri and Clichy, but Arsenal wasted the opportunity.
Arsenal suffered a double blow as the interval approached, when first Adebayor was stretchered off with a hamstring injury and Eboue was sent off after 37 minutes.
Eboue had been booked by referee Dean earlier after a prolonged bout of dissent, and he saw red for kicking out at Modric following a clash that also saw the Spurs midfield man booked.
Spurs, with morale lifted by their numerical advantage, pressed after the break with Pavlyuchenko failing to hit the target with an angled effort and Keane glancing Lennon's cross on to the top of the net.
Redknapp clearly felt his side needed extra attacking impetus to break down what was becoming a rearguard action from Wenger's side, and he responded by sending on Darren Bent for Pavlyunchenko after 63 minutes.
But it was the Gunners who created the big opening six minutes later, only for Song to steer Van Persie's corner wide from eight yards.
Keane had only been given fleeting chances, but he almost fashioned an opening with a right-foot volley that flew just wide.
Bendtner then nearly provided a stunning finale with a volley that Cudicini did well to turn over - but there was still time for Modric to close in with only Almunia to beat, but the Arsenal keeper ensured the spoils were shared.
Cudicini, Corluka (Chimbonda 74), Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon (Taarabt 87), Jenas, Palacios, Modric, Pavlyuchenko (Bent 64), Keane.
Subs Not Used: Gomes, Bale, Zokora, Huddlestone.
Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy (Gibbs 87), Eboue, Song Billong, Denilson, Nasri, Adebayor (Bendtner 38), Van Persie.
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Eduardo, Ramsey, Djourou, Arshavin.
Sent Off: Eboue (37).
Booked: Eboue, Clichy.
Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral).
BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Tottenham's Wilson Palacios