Spurs vs Arsenal: 5 great north London derbies at White Hart Lane

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Tonight's North London derby promises to be a thrilling contest if past meetings between Spurs and the Gunners are anything to go by.

Arsenal travel to White Hart Lane tonight, looking to do battle once more with their nearest and dearest Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

The North London derby is always exciting and rarely short on action – making it vital viewing for neutrals as well as Spurs and Gunners fans.

There have been some real classics over the years. Here are five of the best at White Hart Lane:

May 1971: Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal

Spurs had the chance to deny their fiercest rivals the First Division title on the final day of the season, but with just three minutes on the clock, a Ray Kennedy headed winner led the Gunners to their first League and FA Cup double.

April 1991: Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal

An early free-kick by Paul Gascoigne gave the hosts the lead before Gary Lineker’s double secured a memorable FA Cup semi-final win. While Arsenal won the league that year, Spurs lifted the cup.

April 2004: Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal

What’s worse than watching your rivals go a whole season unbeaten on their way to winning the Premier League? Seeing them win the trophy on your own ground for a second time. That was the situation facing Spurs fans on April 25th, although second-half strikes by Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Keane at least denied the Gunners a win.

November 2004: Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal

One of the madder North London derbies, this one saw nine goals in 90 pulsating minutes, with both sides wrestling control of the tie before Spurs threatened a late, late comeback.

January 2008: Tottenham 5-1 Arsenal

Going into this League Cup semi-final, Spurs suffered a terrible recent record against the Gunners, but that all changed when they followed a 1-1 first-leg draw at the Emirates with a major drubbing against a hapless Arsenal. After goals by Jermaine Jenas, a Nicklas Bendtner own goal, Robbie Keane, Aaron Lennon and Steed Malbranque secured the famous victory, what followed was an infamous DVD release and Spurs being crowned the first League Cup winners at the new Wembley.

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