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North London Derbies At Their Best

The North London Derby is nearly upon us – we have a quick look back at some of our favourites:

The 5 Star Rout – Spurs 5 – 1 Arsenal – 22 January 2008

You love to see it. Spurs hadn’t beaten Arsenal since 1999 and decided to break the drought with a five goal thrashing in the League Cup semi final.

Jermain Jenas, a Nicklas Bendtner own goal, Robbie Keane and Aaron Lennon had Spurs 4-0 up on the hour mark. Emmanuel Adebayor pulled one back for Arsenal, but Steed Malbranque completed the rout with a fifth in the closing minutes. The sight of Bendtner – the self-proclaimed best striker in the world – trying to fight everyone on his own side was the icing on the cake. Spurs would go on to win the final against Chelsea, our last trophy win.

The 8 Goal Thriller – Arsenal 4 – 4 Spurs – 29 October 2008

OK, this may not have been a win but we could hardly leave this one out. David Bentley had set the tone for this game early on with an outrageous strike from near the half way line with a succession of goals then following throughout the game. Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor all scored to put Arsenal 3-1 up and, although Darren Bent pulled one back, Robin van Persie restored Arsenal’s two goal cushion and the game looked to be all but over.

However, Spurs were not done. A thumping 89th minute goal from Jermain Jenas pulled Spurs back and Aaron Lennon, deep into injury time, slotted in Luka Modric’s rebounded shot to secure a four-all draw. A classic.

The First Away NLD Win in 17 Years – Arsenal 2 – 3 Spurs – 20 November 2010

If that comeback was good then this was even better. Arsenal were looking to go top of the Premier League and after Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh had put them up by two goals at half-time, it looked like that was a certainty.

Spurs were a different team in the second half with a Gareth Bale finish and a Rafael van der Vaart penalty bringing them level. Then, five minutes from time, Younes Kaboul headed in a van der Vaart free kick to silence the Emirates and complete an incredible comeback. It was Spurs’ first win at Arsenal for 17 years.

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The Dele Show – Arsenal 0 – 2 Spurs – 19 December 2018

If the previous two games were comeback classics, this one underlined Spurs’ modern day dominance over Arsenal. Dele Alli was at his best, setting up Son with a ball over the top for the first, before nonchalantly lifting the ball over Petr Cech with the outside of his foot to make it 2-0. Arsenal created chances, but they never really showed the desire to win one of the most famous derbies in the world.

In contrast, Dele showed the edge needed for these games and encapsulated just how far Spurs had come. It was a joy to be there.

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