6 classic Arsenal vs Tottenham clashes from the Premier League era

Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham (2011/12)

Arsenal, it is fair to say, did not get off to the best of starts in 2011/12. An opening-day draw with Newcastle United was a disappointment but the worst was still to come, with the Gunners following up that stalemate at St James’ Park with a 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool and an infamous 8-2 demolition at the hands of Manchester United.

February’s north London derby was arguably the most important result of Arsenal’s season. Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor gave Tottenham a 2-0 lead, but goals from Bacary Sagna, Robin van Persie, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott (two) turned the match on its head and set Arsene Wenger’s side on their way to a third-place finish.

Spurs slumped to fourth, which was not enough for a Champions League place due to sixth-place Chelsea’s surprise triumph in Europe’s foremost competition.

Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham (2010/11)

When Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh gave Arsenal a 2-0 advantage in the first half of this November 2010 clash, it looked like business as usual; the Gunners had not lost a Premier League home game against their neighbours since 1993, and the trend appeared set to continue.

Yet Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham came roaring back after the break to record a famous win. Gareth Bale halved the deficit in the 50th minute, before Rafael van der Vaart’s penalty restored parity and Younes Kaboul’s late header sent the away end at the Emirates Stadium into delirium.

Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal (2004/05)

The north London derby has always been a high-scoring fixture, but nine goals in November 2004 was still exceptional. Noureddine Naybet and Thierry Henry found the net in the first half, before both teams went wild after the interval. Lauren’s penalty and a goal from captain Patrick Vieira put Arsenal in an excellent position, but Jermain Defoe hit back to make it 2-3 just after the hour mark.

Freddie Ljungberg then restored the visitors’ two-goal cushion, before Ledley King popped up to keep Spurs in the game. Robert Pires put Arsenal 5-3 up in the 81st minute, before Freddie Kanoute set up a nervy finish which Arsene Wenger’s men were ultimately able to withstand.

Tottenham 3-3 Arsenal (2010/11)

Tottenham had moved to within three points of the top four with a 3-2 victory over Stoke in the game before this north London derby. Arsenal, meanwhile, were up in second spot, six points behind leaders Manchester United. For different reasons, both clubs needed to win this match.

But neither did. The Gunners found themselves 2-1 up after just 12 minutes in an incredibly eventful opening at White Hart Lane, and Robin van Persie extended their advantage in the 40th minute. However, Tom Huddlestone pulled one back for Spurs just before half-time, before Rafael van der Vaart bagged the equaliser from the penalty spot.

Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham (2008/09)

Perhaps the most entertaining north London derby in Premier League history came in October 2008, when Harry Redknapp took charge of his first official game as Tottenham boss. Spurs had endured a terrible start to the campaign and were still bottom of the league despite a 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers a few days earlier, but David Bentley gave them a surprise lead early on with a sensational strike from distance.

Goals from Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor put Arsenal in a commanding position with around an hour played; Darren Bent soon made it 3-2 to give Spurs hope, but Robin van Persie seemed to have put the game beyond Tottenham’s reach in the 68th minute. But the drama was not over there, with Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon striking late to earn a point for Rednapp’s men.

Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham (2018/19)

One of the best games of 2018/19 was the first north London derby of the season, with Arsenal and Spurs playing out a six-goal thriller at the Emirates Stadium. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang drew first blood for the hosts after 10 minutes, but Harry Kane and Eric Dier ensured it was Tottenham who headed into half-time in the lead.

By the end, though, there was no doubt that Arsenal were worthy winners: Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira all found the net in the second period, and Spurs’ misery was compounded by a late red card for Jan Vertoghen.

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