5 Classic Clashes Between Arsenal and Tottenham Ahead of Sunday’s North London Derby

Arsenal take on rivals Tottenham in Sunday’s north London derby. Spurs sit three points and two places above the Gunners, and will be looking to end Arsenal’s 18 match unbeaten run in all competitions. 

The fixture has thrown up some absolute classics in the past, usually high scoring and very dramatic. 

5. Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal, 17th November 2001

If you want to see a hostile reception, then there aren’t many better examples than Sol Campbell’s first return to White Hart Lane. The centre-back had left Tottenham to join Arsenal on a free transfer, and the Spurs fans were not in a forgiving mood. 

Campbell was met with a torrent of abuse and even had a water bottle thrown at him as the home fans made their feelings known. Robert Pires opened the scoring, but Gus Poyet rescued a point for Tottenham in the last minute. 

4. Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham 20th November 2010

Another Tottenham comeback, but this time they were able to secure all three points. Samir Nasri and bona fide Arsenal legend Marouane Chamakh gave Arsenal a two goal lead before Rafael van der Vaart took the game by the scruff of the neck. 

The Dutchman set up Gareth Bale for the first, won and converted the penalty for Spurs’ second, and his free kick found the head of Younes Kaboul as Tottenham completed the comeback at the home of their fiercest rivals. 

3. Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham 29th October 2008

Harry Redknapp’s first north London derby in charge of Spurs proved to be a memorable one. David Bentley’s wonder goal kicked things off in style as his 40 yard volley looped over a despairing Manuel Almunia, only for goals from Mikaël Silvestre, William Gallas, Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie, to put the Gunners 4-2 up with two minutes to go. 

Tottenham, though, went on to produce one of the most dramatic comebacks in Premier League history, as Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon rescued a point in the dying embers. 

2. Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal, 13th November 2004

These sides are no strangers to high scoring encounters, and the November 2004 North London derby was no different. Noureddine Naybet opened the scoring for Tottenham, and the floodgates for the match. 

The Arsenal side had finished the previous season without losing a single league game, and the key members of that side made sure that the derby day bragging rights went back to Highbury. Thierry Henry, Lauren, Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires all found the net as Arsenal edged a thrilling derby. 

1. Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal, 25th April 2004

Even though Tottenham were able to salvage a point after being two goals down, it couldn’t dampen Arsenal celebrations as the Gunners clinched the Premier League title in this match.

Few feelings in football can trump winning the league at the home of your rivals, but Arsenal managed it for the second time in the space of a few years (after doing the same to Manchester United in 2002). Goals from Vieira and Pires were cancelled out by Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Keane, not that it mattered to Arsenal. 

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