#CultClashes: 5 cracking derbies between Arsenal and Tottenham
In case you’ve been living in an underground nuclear bomb shelter recently it can’t have escaped your attention that Tottenham and Arsenal are about to contest The Most Important North London Derby Ever™.
And luckily for everyone concerned this fixture has certainly lived up to its top billing in recent years as this week’s list of #CultClashes will attest to.
In fact, there are just too many golden moments to mention but we’ve done our best to whittle them down to create this selection.
And before you ask, yes, David Bentley’s worldie is included.
Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal, Sunday April 25 2004
The day The Invincibles clinched the title. That must seem a long time ago now for Gooners but with a match against their bitter rivals on the horizon they’ll no doubt be wallowing in this golden memory.
In truth, Arsenal probably should’ve won this match. They twice carved the Spurs back line open to go 2-0 up within 35 minutes courtesy of strikes from Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires.
And even though they couldn’t stop the red-half partying at White Hart Lane, Tottenham did manage to salvage some pride.
Jamie Redknapp’s well-struck shot reduced the deficit just after the hour mark before Robbie Keane hit a last-minute equaliser from the penalty spot.
Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal, Saturday November 13 2004
Yeesh, where do you even begin? Thriller doesn’t do this game justice.
Incredibly, the floodgates didn’t open until Noureddine Naybet volleyed Spurs ahead in the 37th-minute.
Thierry Henry then levelled in first-half injury-time before a Lauren penalty handed Arsenal the lead.
Tottenham nemesis Vieira added a third, Jermain Defoe pulled one back and then Freddie Ljungberg restored the Gunners’ two-goal advantage.
So, it’s 4-2 at this point but Ledley King had other ideas and gave the hosts hope on 74 minutes however that was short-lived as Pires popped up to effectively settle matters before Freddie Kanoute had the last word when scoring yet another Tottenham consolation.
Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham, Wednesday October 29 2008
Oh David Bentley, what could’ve been?
This game features arguably the highlight of the north London turncoat’s career, a stonking volley to fire the visitors ahead after 13 minutes.
Mr. Reliable, Mikael Silvestre, equalised and then it was the turn of defensive partner William Gallas to get on the scoresheet.
Emmanuel Adebayor appeared to have secured all three points when grabbing Arsenal’s third (spot the number of north London connections in this piece) but Tottenham striker Darren Bent then chose to get in on the act.
Robin van Persie restored Arsenal’s two-goal cushion to round off an incredible period where three goals were scored in the space of just five minutes.
And that’s as good as it got for the hosts. Jermaine Jenas and then Aaron Lennon completed a remarkable late comeback for Spurs and secured a miraculous point.
Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham, Saturday November 20 2010
Here’s something for Spurs fans to savour. This victory was their first win at Arsenal in 17 years
Even sweeter, the win denied the Gunners top spot and represented a stunning reversal in fortunes having been outplayed until the early part of the second-half.
Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh had given the hosts a comfortable lead at the Emirates.
But goals from Gareth Bale and a Rafael van der Vaart penalty hauled Spurs level with 23 minutes left to play.
And then cometh the hero of the hour. Younes Kaboul’s glancing header five minutes from time created a little piece of history and sent the travelling support into raptures.
Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham, Sunday February 26 2012
This was the first of back-to-back 5-2 victories for the Gooners in this fixture and it was a significant one.
Spurs had been the better of the north London pair for much of the season and they were in dreamland when taking a 2-0 lead through Louis Saha and that loveable villain, Adebayor.
However, Harry Redknapp’s side then had their backsides handed to them with Bacary Sagna and a world-class effort from Robin van Persie hauling Arsenal level before half-time.
With the visitors left feeling numb, it was Arsene Wenger’s side that promptly launched into another offensive after the break.
Theo Walcott’s brace and a Tomas Rosicky effort completed the scoring and gave an under-pressure Gunners outfit some much-needed respite.
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