The Top TEN North London derbies of recent memory

Andre Villas-Boas-Arsene WengerTottenham face Arsenal at the Emirates later today in what is crucial match for both teams for a whole variety of reasons.

Unlike in previous years, Spurs carry the momentum going into this fixture – it promises to be a cracker and let’s hope it lives us to the great derbies of the past.

Tottenham 2 – 2 Arsenal, 25/4/2004

A disappointing day for Spurs fans as Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ won the Premiership title on Tottenham’s home turf. Arsenal raced to a two-goal lead and, despite a last-minute equaliser, it was too late as Arsenal gained the point required to take the trophy to Emirates.

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Arsenal 3 – 0 Tottenham, 2/12/2006

Arsene Wenger’s side enjoyed a fantastic first derby at the Emirates in December 2006 after Thierry Henry gave Arsenal the lead with a fantastic solo goal. However, the main talking point for Tottenham fans was not their abject performance but the decisions made be referee Graham Poll who felt Martin Jol’s wrath having awarded two penalties.

Arsenal 2 – 3 Tottenham, 20/11/2010

Arsenal looked on course for a victory over their north-London rivals having gone in leading 2-0 at half time. But, after some inspirational words of wisdom from Harry Redknapp during the break, Spurs rallied with goals from Gareth Bale and Rafael Van Der Vaart before Younes Kaboul scored the winner five minutes from time as Tottenham prevented their arch-rivals from going top of the table.

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Tottenham 2 – 2 Arsenal, 21/4/2007

Despite leading 2-1, it was Jermaine Jenas that struck again against Arsenal to salvage a point and complete another astonishing comeback for Spurs. However, it was Arsenal who had the last laugh that season as they pipped their rivals to fourth in the league and Champions League qualification.

Arsenal 2 – 1 Tottenham, 22/12/2007

Arsenal’s early Christmas present was a match to forget for Robbie Keane. With the chance to score from the penalty spot in the last third of the game, the Irishman found Manuel Almunia rather than the back of the net. To add insult to injury, within minutes a then 19 year old Nicklas Bendtner scored at the other end with his first touch, thereby propelling Arsenal to the top of the table at Christmas.

Tottenham 5 – 1 Arsenal, 22/1/2008

Despite having only been in charge for three months, Spurs manager and self-styled cup specialist Juande Ramos led his team to a momentous victory at White Hart Lane. Coming in to the game 1-1 on aggregate and with it all still to play for, Jermaine Jenas gave his side the lead after only three minutes. Apart from a late goal from Emmanuel Adebayor, Arsenal were anonymous throughout and Tottenham deserved their place in the final. Arsene Wenger’s comeback? That it shouldn’t count as it was a cup match and he only fielded youngsters.

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Tottenham 2 – 1 Arsenal, 14/4/2010

The final North London derby of last season will always be remembered for Danny Rose’s wonder strike on his first appearance for the club. And, similar to this year, Spurs were chasing fourth spot and Arsenal still had an outside chance of winning the Premiership. An exciting derby ensued with Tottenham taking a two goal lead and managing to cling on for the victory despite Nicklas Bendtner’s late rallying goal.

Arsenal 4 – 4 Tottenham, 29/10/2008

Harry Redknapp’s first derby at the reigns of Tottenham was not one to forget. Whilst most will remember it for David Bentley’s 40-yard wonder goal, it was Aaron Lennon’s injury time winner that saved a point for the Tottenham faithful. Despite leading 4-2, Arsenal’s defensive frailties were exposed at the Emirates as Redknapp’s men showed great resolve and passion.

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Tottenham 4 – 5 Arsenal, 12/11/2004

A nine goal thriller constituted Martin Jol’s maiden North London derby. Despite falling behind to an early Naybet goal, Arsenal scored three in a row before Jermaine Defoe brought it back to 3-2. Arsenal added two further goals but Freddie Kanoute’s late goal ensured a tense finish for Arsene Wenger at White Hart Lane.

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Tottenham 3 -3 Arsenal, 20/4/2011

A fantastic encounter saw three goals within the opening quarter of an hour. Arsenal held a 3-1 lead before Tom Huddlestone scored from outside the box on the stroke of half time. Then, playing in his first North London derby, Wojciech Szczesny clumsily tackled Aaron Lennon inside the box to gift Tottenham a penalty. As Van de Vaart slotted the resulting penalty, Arsenal’s title hopes were seemingly cut to shreads as the single point left them in third place, six short of leaders Manchester United.

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