Arsenal threw away the chance to put themselves back in the Barclays Premier League title race as they surrendered a second-half lead to draw 3-3 with Tottenham in a six-goal north London derby thriller at White Hart Lane.

The Gunners led 3-2 at half-time as Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie netted for them, with Rafael van der Vaart replying for the home side before Tom Huddlestone's 20-yard rocket cut the deficit to one.

A 70th-minute penalty from Van der Vaart ensured that Spurs picked up a point, meaning that Arsenal dropped to third, six points behind leaders Manchester United.

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