Five great Arsenal v Tottenham matches

31 August 2013 12:16

Arsenal face Tottenham in the season's first north London derby at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Here we look at five classic encounters between the old rivals:

ARSENAL 2 TOTTENHAM 3, November 2010

Tottenham completed one of the most amazing comebacks in north London derby history to end their 17-year wait for a win at Arsenal.

The title-chasing Gunners romped to a 2-0 half-time lead with goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh. Spurs, though, were back in the match when Gareth Bale scored following the restart, with Rafael van der Vaart levelling from the penalty spot after handball by Cesc Fabregas.

Harry Redknapp's side were not done yet as Younes Kaboul headed home a dramatic winner five minutes from time.

ARSENAL 4 TOTTENHAM 4, October 2008

Spurs sat bottom of the table following their worst ever start to a season, but new manager Harry Redknapp had no reason to fear relegation after his players showed their character with an astonishing fightback.

David Bentley set the tone for the game by scoring an astonishing 40-yard volley to open the scoring for Spurs before Mikael Silvestre and William Gallas put the hosts ahead.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie struck either side of a Darren Bent reply to leave Arsenal 4-2 ahead with just a minute to go.

Yet Jermaine Jenas capitalised on a Gael Clichy slip to give Spurs hope before Aaron Lennon pounced on a rebound in stoppage-time to snatch an incredible draw.

TOTTENHAM 4 ARSENAL 5, November 2004

It took until 37 minutes for Noureddine Naybet to fire Tottenham ahead but after that eight goals flew in over the space of 51 minutes at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal stormed ahead through Thierry Henry, a Lauren penalty and Patrick Vieira, before Jermain Defoe responded with a candidate for goal of the season with a rasping strike.

Fredrik Ljungberg and Robert Pires restored the two goal advantage either side of a Ledley King header, before Frederic Kanoute pounced two minutes from time to set up a tense finish.


The first FA Cup semi-final to be played at Wembley turned out to be a classic as Paul Gascoigne crashed in a brilliant 30-yard free-kick to put Spurs ahead inside five minutes.

Before Arsenal could recover, Gary Lineker had made it 2-0. Although Alan Smith pulled a goal back, a second for Lineker after a fine solo run put paid to the Gunners' hopes of the double as Spurs went on to lift the cup themselves with victory against Nottingham Forest.

TOTTENHAM 0 ARSENAL 5, December 1978

Having been relegated just over a year before, Tottenham were in their first season back in the top flight but came up against a Gunners side who were in no mood to throw a welcome home party for them.

In fact they gate-crashed White Hart Lane, recording the biggest post-war away win in the fixture, giving Gunners fans a perfect gift just two days before Christmas.

The game is notable for one of the north London derby's great goals where Liam Brady hit a stunning left foot curler with the outside of his boot.

Source: AFP