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  • Date:26 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:13:30
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,106
  • Sagna (39)
    van Persie (42) Rosicky (50)
    Walcott (64) Walcott (67)
  • Saha (3) Adebayor - pen (33)
    Adebayor - pen (33)
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93:08 +3.08

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in.

91:02 +1.02

Yao Gervinho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raniere Sandro. Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.

89:12

Effort from just outside the area by Bacary Sagna goes over the target.

86:50

Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen. Scott Parker shown a red card for second bookable offence. Yao Gervinho on for Yossi Benayoun. Alex Song takes the free kick.

85:33

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Rafael Van der Vaart restarts play with the free kick.

85:13

Centre by Kyle Walker, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

84:51

Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

81:48

Michael Dawson replaces Ledley King.

80:59

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is brought on as a substitute for Theo Walcott.

77:48

Robin van Persie concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Robin van Persie is given a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.

77:20

Short corner worked by Gareth Bale.

76:42

Shot by Scott Parker from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

76:18

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, clearance made by Carl Jenkinson.

76:01

Carl Jenkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Scott Parker takes the free kick.

75:36

Tomas Rosicky produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

74:27

Effort from just outside the area by Gareth Bale goes over the bar. Kieran Gibbs goes off and Carl Jenkinson comes on.

73:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Adebayor by Laurent Koscielny. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball in from the free kick.

71:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Theo Walcott. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

71:12

Rafael Van der Vaart produces a cross, Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance. Raniere Sandro takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

70:47

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Alex Song manages to make a clearance.

69:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Bacary Sagna. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

68:47

Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Alex Song manages to make a clearance.

67:15

Theo Walcott grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Alex Song.

65:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on Raniere Sandro. Ledley King restarts play with the free kick.

64:30

Theo Walcott finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham.The assist for the goal came from Robin van Persie.

60:38

Raniere Sandro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Raniere Sandro shown a yellow card. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mikel Arteta from right channel, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Luka Modric. Mikel Arteta shoots direct from the free kick, Ledley King gets a block in. Corner from right by-line crossed in by Robin van Persie, save made by Brad Friedel.

59:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Raniere Sandro on Mikel Arteta. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

57:59

Unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick. Younes Kaboul restarts play with the free kick.

57:02

Effort from deep inside the area by Theo Walcott misses to the left of the goal.

55:31

Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

54:53

The official flags Rafael Van der Vaart offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.

52:33

Rafael Van der Vaart takes the outswinging corner, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

50:08

Tomas Rosicky scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 3-2 Tottenham.The assist for the goal came from Bacary Sagna.

47:44

Yossi Benayoun concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Walker. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.

47:11 +2.11

Gareth Bale produces a cross.

46:25

Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robin van Persie, Alex Song takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.

46:00

Emmanuel Adebayor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Alex Song takes the direct free kick.

45:01

Rafael Van der Vaart replaces Niko Kranjcar. Raniere Sandro joins the action as a substitute, replacing Louis Saha.

42:27

Robin van Persie finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham.The assist for the goal came from Alex Song.

41:28

Mikel Arteta challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.

41:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Song by Emmanuel Adebayor. Direct free kick taken by Alex Song.

39:47

Effort from inside the penalty box by Robin van Persie strikes the post. Mikel Arteta produces a cross, Bacary Sagna grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Arsenal 1-2 Tottenham.Mikel Arteta provided the assist for the goal.

39:35

The ball is swung over by Tomas Rosicky.

38:10

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, clearance by Younes Kaboul.

36:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

36:23

Shot by Gareth Bale. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

31:33

Wojciech Szczesny challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Emmanuel Adebayor scores a power penalty. Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham.Assist by Gareth Bale.

30:31

Laurent Koscielny challenges Niko Kranjcar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Laurent Koscielny goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

28:47

Foul by Scott Parker on Robin van Persie, free kick awarded. Luka Modric booked for dissent. Scott Parker is shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta. Mikel Arteta takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

27:12

Bacary Sagna crosses the ball, Kyle Walker makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Louis Saha.

23:56

Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Kyle Walker produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

23:39

The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Scott Parker makes a clearance.

20:55

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie to the near post, Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Louis Saha.

20:32

Centre by Kieran Gibbs, clearance made by Ledley King.

18:26

Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Niko Kranjcar produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

17:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Theo Walcott on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.

14:31

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Younes Kaboul. Effort from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the goal.

13:42

Gareth Bale fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Parker takes the free kick.

11:51

Gareth Bale fouled by Bacary Sagna, the ref awards a free kick. Luka Modric crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

11:03

Effort from 35 yards by Thomas Vermaelen missed to the right of the goal.

10:30

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.

9:52

Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.

8:46

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta played to the near post.

7:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Laurent Koscielny. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.

3:51

Louis Saha gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 0-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Emmanuel Adebayor.

0:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Mikel Arteta. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Bale believes in shift of north London power Gareth Bale insists Arsenal can no longer claim to be north London's number top club and is adamant that Tottenham should be regarded as favourites for Sunday's hotly-anticipated derby at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal have enjoyed supremacy over Tottenham for the best part of the last two decades but Spurs are currently enjoying arguably their best season for over half a century and seem certain to finish above their bitter rivals come the end of the current campaign. Harry Redknapp's men have lost just four league matches all season to move within seven points of the top of the table and are playing some of the best football in the country at the moment, thanks in no small part to the performances of Bale. Arsenal, on the other hand, are struggling to fight for a position in the top four and stand on the brink of elimination from the Champions League after a 4-0 hammering at AC Milan, where Tottenham won 1-0 last season at the same stage of the competition. Tottenham have not completed a derby double over Arsenal in the league for 19 years but Bale insists they should be regarded as favourites for the game due to the recent power shift he claims has occurred in the capital. "Over the years Arsenal have been the favourites and they've been above us in the league but now the tide has turned in our favour," Bale told Spurs TV Online. "We are playing some great stuff and I think we deserve to be where we are in the league and we deserve the favourites' tag." Bale thinks last season's 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium - Tottenham's first away at their rivals in 17 years - is evidence of how the tide has turned in Spurs' favour. Redknapp's team went in 2-0 down at half-time but the Spurs boss masterminded a remarkable comeback to end Arsenal's title hopes with a 3-2 win. "Other teams before us, if they had gone 2-0 down they would have crumbled but the boys showed that they have character and spirit that day," Bale added. "That showed what we can do as a team. Even if we are 2-0 down we know we can come back and win, even in the biggest games. "We threw everything at them and they couldn't handle it. "We have to do the same again on Sunday. We have to put all our attackers in the game and concentrate on their weaknesses." Forwards Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart have trained this week and are expected to be fit for Tottenham. Full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto and midfielder Luka Modric missed last week's FA Cup game because of illness but should also be available to play at the Emirates. Centre-half Ledley King (knee) faces a late fitness test and midfielder Sandro is a major doubt due to a calf injury. Meanwhile, Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has challenged his team-mates to "put the record straight" by beating Tottenham. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger maintains the squad must not feel sorry for themselves despite a battering in the last 10 days, slumping to a 4-0 defeat in Milan which all but ended their Champions League hopes before then crashing out of the FA Cup at Sunderland. By contrast, Spurs are flying high under Harry Redknapp, and the importance of producing a performance against their arch-rivals on Sunday is not lost on Van Persie. "What better way to set things straight again than to beat Spurs?" the Dutchman said. "I would rather be playing them now than on any other day, and we know that a win is absolutely vital. "I don't think anybody would deny that Spurs have a really good side - and they've added consistency this season. They are winning the tougher games and, as a result, have made that next step towards the top teams. "Spurs have invested a lot of money over the past few years, and when you look at the figures it's reflected in their league position." Van Persie added in the Arsenal's Official Matchday Programme: "They are above us for the first time in many years, but it is in our hands to change the way things are going, win the game and start moving closer to them. "A draw will not be a good result for us [on Sunday], either in our bid to catch up with Spurs or in our efforts to fight off our other challengers for a Champions League place." Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny (knee) and Kieran Gibbs (groin) face fitness tests.

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 442Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Alex Song
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Theo Walcott
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Yossi Benayoun
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Chu-Young Park
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Ignasi Miquel

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Match Report

Van man inspires Gunners' fightback Harry Redknapp's CV took a real hit as Arsenal produced a sensational comeback from 2-0 down to win 5-2 and inflict on Tottenham their biggest north London derby defeat since 1978. Spurs looked certain to enhance Redknapp's England credentials by making him their first manager for 86 years to win away against the Gunners for two successive seasons and first to do the double over them for 19. But, in a complete reversal of last season's corresponding fixture, Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead to concede five at Arsenal for the first time since 1934. It was an amazing performance by a Gunners side who lost 8-2 at Manchester United at the start of the season and 4-0 at AC Milan 11 days ago, Arsene Wenger's men once again inspired by talismanic captain Robin van Persie. Arsenal looked all over the place at the back as Spurs raced to a 2-0 lead through Louis Saha and an Emmanuel Adebayor penalty. But Van Persie refused to accept defeat, helping his side score twice in three minutes to go in level at half-time, netting the equaliser after Bacary Sagna pulled a goal back. Arsenal, who leapfrog Chelsea back into fourth in the Barclays Premier League, were rampant after the break, Tomas Rosicky completing the comeback and Theo Walcott scoring twice before Scott Parker was sent off to complete Tottenham's misery. It looked like being so different after four minutes when Arsenal's shambolic defending from Milan resurfaced. Former Gunners striker Adebayor, 28 today, played the ball into a gaping hole for Saha to run into, with Thomas Vermaelen's lame block only succeeding in deflecting the Frenchman's shot over the stranded Wojciech Szczensy. The home side fought back, Kieran Gibbs seeing a dubious penalty appeal rejected and Parker getting away with an accidental handball. It was breathless stuff and Szczensy beat away another Spurs effort before Van Persie wasted a glorious chance to level when he drilled wide after his initial shot was blocked. He went even closer six minutes later with a drive that deflected into the sidenetting, his resulting corner seeing Brad Friedel acrobatically tip over Rosicky's header. Arsenal were beginning to dominate but more risible defending almost saw Spurs double their lead on the break, Szczensy denying Adebayor and Kyle Walker sending the 25-yard rebound just over the crossbar. Parker, who was everywhere, was booked after clattering into Van Persie moments after being denied a free-kick of his own, with Luka Modric also carded for dissent. Laurent Koscielny immediately followed for upending Niko Kranjcar, Tottenham immediately surging upfield to win a controversial 32nd-minute penalty. Gareth Bale was under all sorts of pressure from Gibbs but threw himself to the floor under what looked no contact from Szczensy. Adebayor kept his cool to rub salt into the wound but wisely chose not to celebrate. It could have been 3-0 before half-time had Bale chosen to pass rather than drill a shot too close to Szczensy and Spurs were made to pay when Arsenal sensationally hit back before half-time. The first goal came five minutes before the break, Van Persie desperately unlucky to hit the post before Mikel Arteta swept the ball back in and Sagna powered home a header. Van Persie then sent the Emirates into raptures, pouncing on a loose Benoit Assou-Ekotto clearance, and turning onto his left foot before curling beyond Friedel. Redknapp responded by throwing on Rafael van der Vaart and Sandro at half-time for Saha and Kranjcar but Arsenal's tails were up and only another fabulous Friedel save from Yossi Benayoun's precise finish prevented them completing the comeback. Benayoun then caught Walker with a tackle that forced the full-back off and he was barely back on when Rosicky made it 3-2 in the 51st minute, playing a one-two with Sagna before poking in the latter's deflected cross. Tottenham finally got a foothold but it was Arsenal who were now dangerous on the break, Walcott drilling inches wide, while Sandro was completely off the pace, rightly booked for tripping Van Persie. As in the first half, the Gunners scored twice in three minutes to kill the game. It was a brilliant counter-attack that brought the 65th-minute fourth goal, Benayoun releasing Van Persie, who held off Ledley King and Younes Kaboul before squaring for the onrushing Walcott to clip the ball over Friedel. It was Tottenham's defence that was now all over the place and Kaboul played Walcott onside, the winger racing onto Alex Song's pass and finding the bottom corner. "Harry for England", the Arsenal fans chanted ironically before Rosicky almost made it six after a one-two with Walcott and Parker was shown a second yellow for treading on Vermaelen's toe two minutes from time. end

Form Guide

    LLLDWW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Tottenham
  • WDLWDW

Last Meetings

  • Tottenham
  • 2 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 02/10/2011
  • Tottenham
  • 3 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 20/04/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 3
  • Tottenham
  • 20/11/2010
  • Tottenham
  • 2 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 14/04/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 0
  • Tottenham
  • 31/10/2009
  • Tottenham
  • 0 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 08/02/2009

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 21
  • M Arteta 4
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • T Vermaelen 3
  • T Walcott 3
  • T Henry 2
  • A Ramsey 2
  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain 2
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • L Koscielny 1

Tottenham

  • E Adebayor 9
  • G Bale 9
  • J Defoe 8
  • R Van der Vaart 6
  • A Lennon 3
  • L Modric 3
  • L Saha 2
  • B Assou-Ekotto 2
  • N Kranjcar 1
  • Y Kaboul 1
  • K Walker 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 83
    • Goals per game 48
  • 5 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Tottenham

    • Total goals 84
    • Goals per game 49
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 13 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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