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Arsenal   2 - 3   Tottenham

Rafael Van der Vaart and Gareth Bale
Goals from Van der Vaart and Bale helped turn the derby on its head

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at the Emirates Stadium

Tottenham staged a stunning comeback to win at Arsenal for the first time in 17 years and wreck the Gunners' hopes of going top of the Premier League.

Arsenal were on course to leapfrog Chelsea, if only briefly, as they cruised into a two-goal lead at the interval courtesy of goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh.

Spurs, after being comprehensively outplayed, then embarked on an unlikely revival that not only saw them wipe out Arsenal's comfortable advantage but go on to take all three points.

Gareth Bale started the recovery with a fine finish five minutes after the break, before Rafael van der Vaart levelled from the spot after Cesc Fabregas inexplicably handled his free-kick.

And with only five minutes left Younes Kaboul reduced the vast majority of The Emirates gallery to silence when he headed Van der Vaart's free-kick low past Lukasz Fabianski.

It was a win that looked light years away after 45 minutes, and while Spurs deserve huge credit for showing such reserves of character, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be disgusted at how his side collapsed in defence to once more cast a shadow over their title pretentions.

Redknapp delights as 'gamble' pays-off

Fabregas was outstanding as the home side assumed control, but Luka Modric performed similar heroics for Spurs, helped by Van der Vaart, as this north London derby entered its decisive phase.

And when referee Phil Dowd blew his final whistle, the Spurs fans exploded in ecstasy while Arsenal's followers turned their fury on their team.

The game started in acrimony when Nasri refused to shake hands with his former Gunners team-mate William Gallas, but it was the latter who had the last laugh after the dramatic finale.

Nasri's anticipated confrontation with Gallas sparked into life only seconds after their non-handshake as the pair collided in a tussle that left the Arsenal midfield man nursing an accidental blow to his face.

The pain subsided for Nasri when he put the Gunners ahead after nine minutes with a goal that was mixture of brilliance from the France international and defensive frailty from Spurs.

Fabregas released Nasri through the centre with trademark precision, and even though his first touch was poor, he showed more bravery than hesitant Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes as he won the battle for possession and scored from the tightest of angles.

It was a nightmare moment for Gomes, who saw his lack of commitment in coming out to challenge for the ball from the slighter figure of Nasri heavily punished.

Fabregas was dictating events in imperious fashion from midfield, and he inevitably played a part as Arsenal doubled their lead after 27 minutes. He spread the play to Andrey Arshavin, and Chamakh reacted more quickly than Kaboul to the Russian's cross to turn a close-range finish past Gomes.

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It was no more than Arsenal deserved for their domination against a Spurs side who up to that staged had looked overawed in their quest to end that barren Premier League run against their arch-rivals.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, as he had to do, made a change at the interval when he sent on Jermain Defoe for Aaron Lennon - and he was involved as Spurs gave themselves a lifeline five minutes after the break.

Defoe won an aerial battle to find Van der Vaart, and Bale showed great touch and technique to control the Netherlands star's pass in his stride and glide a finish past the outstretched hand of Fabianski.

Spurs took heart from the goal and were level after 67 minutes in bizarre circumstances. Fabregas inexplicably chose to raise his arm head high to block Van der Vaart's free-kick, an offence easily spotted by referee Dowd and just about everyone else inside The Emirates.

Van der Vaart slotted home the penalty, prompting an instant response from Wenger as he replaced Chamakh with Robin van Persie.

After a series of substitutions when Peter Crouch replaced Roman Pavlyuchenko and Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky came on for Nasri and Arshavin, Fabregas almost made amends for his earlier aberration with a curling effort that brought a fine save from Gomes.

Defeat by Spurs 'painful' for Wenger

And as Arsenal regained some composure, Laurent Koscielny wasted a perfect opportunity to restore their lead when he headed Van Persie's cross wastefully off target.

It was Spurs, however, who completed a quite astonishing comeback four minutes from time when Kaboul's glancing header took Van der Vaart's free-kick out of Fabianski's reach.

Arsenal, stunned, had no response to offer as Wenger was left to sift through the wreckage of this damaging defeat.

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Saturday, 20 November 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Nasri 9
  • Chamakh 27
  • Bale 50
  • Van der Vaart (pen) 67
  • Kaboul 85

Arsenal

Substitutes

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 60,102
ARSENAL
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • Arsenal 51%
  • Tottenham 49%

Attempts on target

  • Arsenal 7
  • Tottenham 6

Attempts off target

  • Arsenal 5
  • Tottenham 4

Corners

  • Arsenal 2
  • Tottenham 6

Fouls

  • Arsenal 17
  • Tottenham 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:05 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+4:43 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 90:00+2:14 Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Robin van Persie, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 90:00+1:56 Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 90:00+1:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Bacary Sagna. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
  • 89:01 Shot from deep inside the area by Theo Walcott clears the crossbar.
  • 86:56 Substitution Wilson Palacios replaces Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 85:00 Laurent Koscielny concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Assist by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 85:00 GOAL - Younes KaboulArsenal 2 - 3 Tottenham Younes Kaboul grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham.
  • 84:01 Booking Laurent Koscielny is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 83:03 Effort on goal by Alan Hutton from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 82:30 Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Alan Hutton, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
  • 80:48 Neves Denilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
  • 80:48 Booking Caution for Neves Denilson.
  • 78:34 Foul by Robin van Persie on Jermaine Jenas, free kick awarded. William Gallas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:41 Close range headed effort by Laurent Koscielny clears the crossbar.
  • 77:09 Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie.
  • 77:02 Shot by Francesc Fabregas. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 76:15 Substitution Tomas Rosicky is brought on as a substitute for Samir Nasri.
  • 76:15 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Theo Walcott coming on for Andrey Arshavin.
  • 75:16 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
  • 74:27 Rafael Van der Vaart challenges Neves Denilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:54 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Peter Crouch coming on for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • 71:37 Effort on goal by Francesc Fabregas from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 71:12 The official flags Jermain Defoe offside. Sebastien Squillaci takes the indirect free kick.
  • 70:37 The official flags Francesc Fabregas offside. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:39 Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Roman Pavlyuchenko results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie.
  • 68:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robin van Persie on Younes Kaboul. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
  • 67:58 Robin van Persie fouled by Younes Kaboul, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
  • 67:33 Substitution Marouane Chamakh goes off and Robin van Persie comes on.
  • 67:13 Booking Rafael Van der Vaart booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 66:31 Francesc Fabregas is penalised for a handball.
  • 66:31 GOAL - Rafael Van der VaartArsenal 2 - 2 Tottenham Penalty scored by Rafael Van der Vaart. Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham.
  • 64:37 Alex Song challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 63:25 Close range headed effort by Sebastien Squillaci clears the crossbar.
  • 62:53 Corner taken by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 60:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by William Gallas. Samir Nasri has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 55:35 Effort from just outside the box by Luka Modric goes over the bar.
  • 55:15 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by William Gallas.
  • 54:28 Unfair challenge on Gael Clichy by Roman Pavlyuchenko results in a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:46 Neves Denilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick.
  • 49:38 Rafael Van der Vaart provided the assist for the goal.
  • 49:38 GOAL - Gareth BaleArsenal 2 - 1 Tottenham Goal scored by Gareth Bale from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham.
  • 49:00 Alex Song fouled by Younes Kaboul, the ref awards a free kick. Samir Nasri takes the free kick.
  • 47:21 Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 46:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Francesc Fabregas on Jermaine Jenas. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Jermain Defoe coming on for Aaron Lennon.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:01 The first half comes to an end.
  • 42:54 Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in.
  • 42:18 Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Rafael Van der Vaart results in a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:07 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
  • 39:56 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 39:29 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a outswinging corner.
  • 38:31 Andrey Arshavin fouled by Alan Hutton, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from left wing, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 37:29 Foul by Andrey Arshavin on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Bacary Sagna.
  • 34:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Roman Pavlyuchenko on Laurent Koscielny. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:04 The referee blows for offside against Marouane Chamakh. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • 31:35 Foul by Marouane Chamakh on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
  • 30:04 Effort from just outside the box by Rafael Van der Vaart goes over the bar.
  • 29:21 Luka Modric takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 26:33 Assist by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 26:33 GOAL - Marouane ChamakhArsenal 2 - 0 Tottenham Marouane Chamakh finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham.
  • 25:22 Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Luka Modric results in a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
  • 24:23 Headed effort from inside the area by Younes Kaboul misses to the left of the goal.
  • 23:55 Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 23:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastien Squillaci on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Samir Nasri makes a clearance.
  • 21:55 Francesc Fabregas produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 20:02 The assistant referee signals for offside against Samir Nasri. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:05 Foul by Rafael Van der Vaart on Neves Denilson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Neves Denilson.
  • 18:31 The offside flag is raised against Laurent Koscielny. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 17:40 Rafael Van der Vaart concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 16:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Bale on Bacary Sagna. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 16:17 The referee blows for offside against Marouane Chamakh. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:37 Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bacary Sagna on Gareth Bale. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 12:13 Booking Booking for Bacary Sagna for unsporting behaviour.
  • 8:26 Francesc Fabregas provided the assist for the goal.
  • 8:26 GOAL - Samir NasriArsenal 1 - 0 Tottenham Samir Nasri finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham.
  • 7:04 Gael Clichy challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Lennon restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:53 Samir Nasri challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
  • 4:41 Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh. Samir Nasri takes the free kick.
  • 3:27 The referee penalises Roman Pavlyuchenko for handball. Laurent Koscielny takes the direct free kick.
  • 2:06 Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Gareth Bale takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
  • 0:36 Alex Song fouled by Luka Modric, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Song restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 14 19 28
2 Man Utd 14 13 28
3 Arsenal 14 13 26
4 Bolton 14 6 22
5 Man City 13 5 22
6 Tottenham 14 2 22
7 Sunderland 13 2 19
8 Stoke 14 0 19
9 Liverpool 14 -1 19
10 Newcastle 14 1 18
11 Blackpool 14 -6 18
12 Aston Villa 13 -3 17
13 Birmingham 14 -2 16
14 West Brom 14 -9 16
15 Everton 13 1 15
16 Blackburn 13 -3 15
17 Fulham 13 0 14
18 Wigan 14 -13 14
19 Wolves 14 -11 9
20 West Ham 14 -14 9

see also
Redknapp talks up Spurs title bid
20 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Defoe happy with winning return
20 Nov 10 |  Arsenal
Redknapp delight as 'gamble' pays-off
20 Nov 10 |  Tottenham
Saturday football as it happened
20 Nov 10 |  Football


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