Tottenham vs Arsenal: Top 5 Greatest Africans to Play in North London Derby, From Kanu to Adebayor

Tottenham vs Arsenal: Top 5 Greatest Africans to Play in North London Derby, From Kanu to Adebayor

Edwin Kiplagat
April 24, 2024 at 10:07 AM
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  • Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur renew their rivalry this weekend
  • Spurs could end Arsenal's title challenge if they secure the victory
  • Many talented African footballers have graced this legendary fixture

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The North London Derbies is one of the biggest derbies in world football.

Tottenham Hotspur versus Arsenal has been fiercely contested in the last few decades, and Sunday's match has the makings of a classic.

Legendary African players have played in this fixture, mainly for the Gunners, in the last few decades.

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Nwankwo Kanu and Emmanuel Adebayor have left their mark in the North London Derby in the past. Photos by Craig Prentis and Julian Finney.
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On Sunday, Tottenham are looking to end the Gunners' Premier League title quest.

Sunday's clash will be the 195th North London Derby, and Spurs will want to spoil the party for Arsenal, who still have a chance to win the league for the first time in 20 years.

Over the years, African stars have left their mark on this fixture. Several African players will be in action for Spurs and the Gunners. Here are the top 5 Africans to play in this fixture.

Greatest Africans to play in North London Derby

5. Frederic Kanoute - Tottenham

The Mali legend spent two years at Tottenham, but he enjoyed his best moments in Spain with Sevilla. He played for Spurs in the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons before moving to La Liga. The Malian scored 22 goals in 73 appearances for the club.

Kanoute faced Arsenal 10 times, won once and lost six times. In those matches, he scored four goals and provided two assists. He joined Sevilla, where he won two successive UEFA Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, and two Copa del Rey titles. He is the 2007 African Footballer of the Year.

4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Arsenal

Aubameyang made an instant impact at the Emirates Stadium when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. He spent four and a half seasons at the club before joining Barcelona after falling out with Mikel Arteta. The Marseille star scored 92 goals for the Gunners in 163 games.

The Gabonese star faced Tottenham 13 times, winning four, drawing two, and losing seven times. He scored eight goals in those games. Four of his goals against Spurs came when he was a Dortmund player.

3. Emmanuel Adebayor - Arsenal, Tottenham

Adebayor is one of the most controversial African players to play in the Premier League. He played for both North London rivals and Manchester City. One thing the Togolese legend was good at was scoring goals. He played 11 seasons in the Premier League, four at Arsenal and four at Spurs.

He faced Tottenham 15 times and scored 10 goals. He also scored three goals against the Gunners in 12 games. Who can forget that famous celebration against Arsenal in 2009?

2. Kolo Toure - Arsenal

Toure is arguably one of Africa's greatest centre-backs ever. He played Arsenal's most successful eras. He was part of the iconic 2004 Invincibles team.

The Ivorian also played for Manchester City and Liverpool. He faced Spurs 17 times as a player, winning seven times.

Toure made over 300 appearances for the Gunners, leaving the club a legend.

1. Nwankwo Kanu - Arsenal

The Nigerian is one of the greatest African footballers to grace the Premier League. He arrived in England in 1999 after his successful spells at Ajax and Inter Milan.

He helped Arsenal win two Premier League titles and three FA Cups. He won the Champions League with Ajax. Kanu faced Spurs 18 times and scored five goals.

Honourable mentions: Lauren, Thomas Partey, Steven Pienaar, Kevin-Prince Boateng.

All stats courtesy of Transfermarkt.

Arsenal thrash Chelsea 5-0

Sports Brief also previously reported on Arsenal destroying Chelsea 5-0 in their Premier League encounter on Tuesday, April 23.

Kai Havertz and Ben White scored twice, plus one from Leandro Trossard, to help the Gunners open up a three-point lead on the table.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.