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Emirates Stadium (ATT 60,102) 20th November 2010 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: P Dowd

Arsenal Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham

Arsenal 2

S Nasri (9)
M Chamakh (27)


Tottenham 3

G Bale (50)
R van der Vaart (pen 67)
Y Kaboul (85)

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Spurs comeback rocks Arsenal

Gunners let slip two-goal lead as Tottenham claim thrilling 3-2 win

Last Updated: 20/11/10 6:07pm

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Spurs in dreamland after emphatic comeback

Spurs in dreamland after emphatic comeback

An incredible fightback saw Tottenham Hotspur rally from two goals down to defeat bitter rivals Arsenal 3-2 in the North London derby.

Man of the match: William Gallas. The Spurs skipper haunted his former club with a fine display, making many key tackles. Goal of the match: Gareth Bale. A blistering counter-attack from Spurs was expertly slotted in by the Welshman. Miss of the match: Laurent Koscielny. The defender headed over the bar from close range with the scoreline at 2-2. Pass of the match: Andrey Arshavin. The Russian threaded in a lovely cross to assists his side's second goal. Talking point: Does a third home loss of the season demonstrate Arsenal will not win the title this season?

The home side went ahead courtesy of Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh at Emirates Stadium to seemingly set them on their way to the top of the Premier League table.

But five minutes into the second period Spurs pulled a goal back through Gareth Bale and then a handball from Cesc Fabregas allowed Rafael van der Vaart to tuck away from the penalty spot.

Then, with four minutes of normal time remaining, Younes Kaboul climbed to head home, handing Spurs their first league win at Arsenal in 18 matches.


There had been plenty of pre-match hype, and Arsenal midfielder Nasri kept his pre-match vow not to shake hands with William Gallas, his former team-mate for both club and country, handed the captain's armband for the afternoon.

The pair then clashed within the opening few moments when Nasri raced clear, only to be halted by a fine saving tackle from the former Gunners defender, roundly jeered by the home support.

It was a positive start for Arsenal, with Fabregas getting into the right side of the Spurs penalty area, but opting to shoot across goal rather than pull the ball back for Nasri.

Gomes flapped at a cross, before the Brazilian then hit the self-destruct button on nine minutes.

Fabregas' chip split the Tottenham defence, but Nasri's touch into the penalty area was just too heavy, which should have allowed Gomes to come off his line to collect.

However, the Spurs keeper hesitated and failed to gather the ball on the penalty spot, which then bobbled wide.

Nasri was alert to tuck his shot back from the tightest of angles between Benoit Assou-Ekotto and the far post.

Spurs were visibly stunned and for a while were in danger of being over-run.

Gallas, though, charged forwards right up to the edge of the Arsenal box, but his progress was halted by Alex Song.

At the other end, Fabregas played his way into the right side of the Spurs penalty area, only to then drag a low shot wide.

Arsenal finally went 2-0 ahead on 27 minutes.

A swift counter-attack saw Fabregas feed Andrey Arshavin on the left, and his low centre was turned in by Chamakh, his ninth of the season.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp made a change at the start of the second half when he introduced Jermain Defoe for a first start since he played for England against Switzerland during early September.

Inspired sub

It proved an inspired tactic as Spurs pulled a goal back five minutes after the restart.

Assou-Ekotto launched a long pass up field, which Defoe nodded down to Van der Vaart and the Dutchman then tapped to the on-rushing Bale, who coolly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.

From a position of such dominance, Arsenal were now the ones in danger of losing shape, as Modric fired just over from 20 yards.

As the hour mark passed, there was a break when Gallas bundled over Chamakh to concede a free-kick 30-yards out, which Nasri fired into the wall.

Song then barged Modric to give away a dangerous set-piece in a similar position for Spurs.

As Van der Vaart struck the free-kick, Fabregas and Chamakh, on the end of the wall, both lifted their arms, leaving referee Phil Dowd with little option but to point to the spot.

Van der Vaart sent Fabianski the wrong way to equalise - sparking wild celebrations from the travelling support behind the goal and earning the Spurs man a caution.

Wenger immediately responded by sending on Robin van Persie, for Chamakh, on 68 minutes.

Arsenal had the ball in the net after a free-kick, but both Fabregas and Sebastien Squillaci were offside.

Spurs sent on Peter Crouch, replacing Roman Pavlyuchenko, before with 15 minutes left, Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky came on for Arshavin and Nasri.

Gomes redeemed himself with a fine one-handed save to deny Fabregas, with Laurent Koscielny heading over after the corner was not cleared.

Spurs, though, turned the game on its head with four minutes to go when Koscielny fouled Bale on the nearside touchline.

Van der Vaart floated the free-kick into the penalty area, where Kaboul got between his markers to guide the ball into the far corner.

There were five minutes of stoppage-time, during which Arsenal pressed, but Spurs were not to be denied a famous win.

ArsenalTeam StatisticsTottenham Hotspur
21st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target5
5Shots off Target6
6Blocked Shots2
3Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
81.1Passing Success68.4
85.7Tackles Success70.6
54.4Territorial Advantage45.6

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