Five of the best North London Derbies

With the first North London Derby of the season being played this weekend we thought we’d look at the best encounters from the past between Arsenal and Tottenham.

In the last few season there have been so many high scoring games we all tend to complain when there is a less exciting contest.

1971 - Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal – White Hart Lane

It may not be a 10-goal game but this was a momentous fixtures in the rivalry of these two clubs, Arsenal went in with the chance to clinch the League title at their fiercest rivals ground. They won the game through a late goal from Ray Kennedy sealing the first half of their double winning season. Five days afterwards Arsenal won the FA Cup against Liverpool at Wembley after ‘that’ Charlie George goal.

2003 - Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal – White Hart Lane

One of the great North London meetings ended with the Arsenal finally overcoming their rivals after a back and forth game that saw Spurs take the lead before goals from Henry, Lauren and Vieira put them ahead 3-1. It wasn’t over yet as back came the home side drawing to within one goal at 3-2 before Arsenal stretched ahead to 5-2; despite a late surge from Spurs the Gunners got the win and went on to complete the season unbeaten.

2008 – Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham - Emirates Stadium

More fondly remembered by the Spurs fans than the Arsenal fans it was an incredible game with a bizarre ending. The home side looked in control at 4-2 up, despite going behind through a David Bentley fluke goal, with five minutes to play but goals from Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon gave Spurs the unlikeliest of comebacks, it was an incredible beginning to Harry Redknapp’s campaign.

2010 – Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham - Emirates Stadium

Tottenham’s first win away at Arsenal for 17 years was secured in dramatic fashion. They were two goals behind at half time after Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri gave the Gunners the lead but Gareth Bale, a penalty from Rafael Van der Vaart and a late header from Younes Kaboul gave Redknapp’s side a memorable win. Afterwards Harry Redknapp stated his title ambitions but his side fell well short and finish outside the top four in fifth place.

2011 – Tottenham 3-3 Arsenal - Emirates Stadium

The reverse fixture that season served up yet another thrilling match, it was almost déjà vu for Arsenal again as they established a 3-1 lead through goals from Walcott, van Persie and Nasri before being pegged back to three all and having to defend for their lives to hold on to a draw. It was another penalty that allowed Spurs back on level terms and once again Van der Vaart dispatched it. It was an end-to-end game and in the end it was probably a fair results. It put an end to any remaining title hopes Arsenal had.

Do you think Sunday’s game will be a classic?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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