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William Gallas explains what happened after Bendtner-Adebayor clash in 2008

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Ahead of Sunday's crucial north London derby, Arsenal fans will be forgiven for purposely deleting one of the Gunners' most embarrassing defeats to their local rivals in the last ten years from their memory.

It may have only been a League Cup tie but any 5-1 defeat to Tottenham is likely to leave lasting damage on any Arsenal dressing room.

That defeat in 2008, however, highlighted huge cracks within Arsene Wenger's team and was as equally memorable for one on-field spat as it was for the scoreline.

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Squabbles between players on the same team aren't completely rare but they are usually pretty entertaining to watch - providing you don't support the club in question, of course.

With the score already at 4-1 in favour of the home side, Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner appeared to get involved in a heated argument during the second half and had to be separated - there's a video below just in case you need a gentle reminder.

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Arsenal's captain that night, William Gallas, who would ironically go on to play for Spurs just a few years later, was among those trying to split up the pair and has provided a bit of insight on what really went on.

Despite Gallas' best efforts to calm the situation, Bendtner appeared to turn on his captain in a very awkward exchange.

However, the retired defender insisted the pictures did not accurately tell the story.

"It's good that you've asked me that question, since you'll be able to make things right," Gallas told L'Equipe, as per Goal.

"We found a picture on the internet that gives the impression of a fight. But that's not what happened. Bendtner fought with Adebayor, and I separated them!

"Pointing to his face, Bendtner told me: 'Did you see what he did to me?'. And I answered that it was something you don't resolve on the pitch. So, really, I had nothing to do with it."

It will be of little comfort for the Arsenal supporters who reluctantly watched the incident through their fingers.

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Although the state of the current Gunners' team will give them every reason to be feeling more positive about Sunday's clash.

Heading into the weekend, Arsenal were level on points at the top of the Premier League and haven't lost since the opening day of the season.

Meanwhile, Spurs are on a run of six games without a win so it will be up to Wenger's men to prove they are ready to mount a serious title challenge this year by picking up three points over their bitter rivals.

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Emmanuel Adebayor
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Nicklas Bendtner
Premier League
Arsene Wenger
William Gallas
Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal

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