Six Classic Arsenal v Spurs North London Derby Matches
Arsenal host Tottenham on Saturday lunch time in a crucial Premier League encounter for both sides as they continue they long and bitter rivalry. The North London Derby never fails to produce the goods when it comes to entertainment but what has been the best match ever between these two feuding neighbours? We have sifted through the record books to find the six matches we believe are the best North London derbies of all time and it wasn't hard to find some classic tussles.
6. Spurs 1-2 Arsenal (League Cup 1987)
It took no less than 270 minutes to separate Arsenal and Spurs in 1987 as both sides battled it out for the right to play Liverpool in the League Cup Final. The first leg saw Spurs win 1-0 at Highbury before Arsenal went to White Hart Lane to win 2-1 and with no away goals rule or penalties the tie was decided by a third match. A coin was flipped to decide where the game was to be played and while Spurs came out on top there they were ultimately beaten 2-1 by Arsenal at the third time of asking.
5. Arsenal 2-3 Spurs (Premier League 2010)
Arsenal seemed to be cruising in this Premier League match after going 2-0 up at the Emirates Stadium in 2010 but Harry Redknapp and his players had other ideas. Spurs came roaring back with Younes Kaboul heading the winner with five minutes to go to give Tottenham their first win on Arsenal soil in 17 years. Arsene Wenger was left fuming after his side threw away a good lead while this was further evidence that Spurs were a force to be reckoned with under Redknapp.
4. Spurs 5-1 Arsenal (League Cup 2008)
The North London rivals clashed in another League Cup Semi-Final in 2008 and after a 1-1 draw at the Emirates it was all to play for in the second leg at White Hart Lane. As it was Spurs simply demolished their rivals with a 5-1 success to win their first derby match since 1999. It remains the only positive memory for Spurs fans during the ill fated reign of Juande Ramos.
3. Spurs 3-1 Arsenal (FA Cup Semi-Final 1991)
The two feuding neighbours met at Wembley in 1991 when they played out a classic FA Cup Semi-Final. It will always be remembered as the Paul Gascoigne match with a young Gazza scoring a sensational free kick after just a few minutes to send Spurs on the way to the final. Star striker Gary Linekar then bagged a brace of goals to put the match beyond doubt with Tottenham eventually going onto win the Cup.
2. Arsenal 4-4 Spurs (Premier League 2008)
Arsenal and Spurs shared eight goals in this 2008 Premier League encounter which will go down as one of the greatest games ever to have been played in the Premier League. David Bentley opened the scoring for Spurs with a stunning 40 yard volley before Arsenal stormed back to take a 4-2 lead and what looked like a comfortable advantage heading into the final minutes. Jermaine Jenas gave Spurs some hope though with a fine effort before Aaron Lennon equalised in the 95th minuted to send the majority of the Emirates faithful home in utter disbelief.
1. Spurs 4-5 Arsenal (Premier League 2004)
It was a tight run affair but this nine goal thriller makes it to the top of our famous North London clashes. Attacking flair was mixed with school boy defending to produce a game to saviour for the neutral and one that the Gunners will be happy to look back on for years to come. The game ebbed and flowed both ways before Arsenal finally managed to get a handle on the match and even then they had to withstand a late flurry from Spurs on a memorable day at White Hart Lane.
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