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banner Thursday, 5 April, 2001, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
FA Cup revisited: Spurs v Arsenal
BBC Sport Online looks back at previous Tottenham v Arsenal FA Cup semi-final games

The meeting of fierce North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham in the semi-final of the FA Cup is sure to throw up all the tension and drama seen on their two previous meetings, during the 1990's.

BBC Sport Online looks back at the 1991 and 1993 encounters, which saw joy and pain for both sides.


1991 Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal - Wembley

The first semi-final to be played at Wembley delivered one of the greatest goals ever to be seen at the stadium.

Paul gascoigne
Gascoigne celebrates after scoring his 30-yard blockbuster
Arsenal were gunning for the Double, but Spurs' adopted Geordie, Paul Gascoigne, struck a 30-yard free-kick which forced BBC commentator Barry Davies to cry "schoolboy's-own stuff."

Clever build-up play enabled Gary Lineker to grab a second before Alan Smith gave the Gunners hope with his effort.

Lineker struck a third which slipped through David Seaman's hands from outside the area - an achievement for the England goalpoacher - which gave his team a chance to return to Wembley in May for the showdown against Nottingham Forest.

Spurs won the Cup, although Gascoigne's second famous kick of the competition, at Forest's Gary Charles, landed the Geordie on a stretcher and denied him the opportunity of climbing the Wembley steps.


1993 Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham - Wembley

Quite a tepid affair, but it was Arsenal who came out on top to gain sweet revenge thanks to Tony Adams' far-post effort.

Tony Adams
Adams gained revenge for the 1991 defeat
Arsenal had already won the Rumbelows Cup (the guise the League Cup took that year) at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season.

Teddy Sheringham was playing the lone man up-front for Tottenham, with Darren Anderton and Paul Allen providing support.

But Spurs, without the mercurial leadership of Terry Venables, showed signs of the mid-table mediocrity that was to haunt them in the coming seasons.

There were just 11 minutes left on the clock when Adams stooped to help the Gunners book a final spot against the unfortunate Wednesday.

After being held by the Owls 1-1 in the first game, the Gunners managed to edge out the Yorkshiremen with an Andy Linighan extra-time winner.

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