Tottenham v Arsenal: Memorable derby clashes

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Tottenham and Arsenal prepare to contest the north London derby on Sunday for the 170th time, and it remains as enthralling as it has ever been.

GMF takes a look back at some of the most memorable league clashes between the pair at White Hart Lane in more recent years…

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal
November 7, 1999

On this wintery day in 1999, Tottenham were searching for their first win over the Gunners at home for five years.

The visitors soon offered the hosts a helping hand, having Martin Keown and Freddie Ljungberg sent off, while Steffan Iversen and Tim Sherwood netted for Spurs.

Patrick Vieira claimed a goal back for Arsenal, but Spurs held out to claim a famous win.

Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal
April 25, 2004

Arsenal famously secured the title at White Hart Lane, prior to ending the season unbeaten in the league.

Patrick Vieira gave the Gunners the lead in the third minute after he slid the ball home following a counter-attack involving Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

The latter then combined with Vieira again to tee up Robert Pires to ensure Arsene Wenger's side were two goals to the good at the break.

However, Spurs rallied in the second-half, with Jamie Redknapp striking a fierce drive past Jens Lehmann shortly after the hour.

The Arsenal goalkeeper was then penalised for a foul on Robbie Keane in the final minute, with the Irishman then picking himself up to convert the spot-kick.

Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal
November 13, 2004

Arsenal came out on top in this pulsating north London derby, which will go down as one of the best ever seen.

Noureddine Naybet volleyed Spurs ahead before Thierry Henry levelled in first- half injury-time and Lauren netted a penalty for the visitors shortly before the hour.

Patrick Viera added a third for Arsenal seven minutes later, while Jermain Defoe gave Spurs hope; bursting through the defence before firing in the top corner from 18 yards.

Freddie Ljungberg further extended Arsenal's two-goal advantage after some neat footwork from Cesc Fabregas, but Ledley King closed the gap once more after flicking in Michael Carrick's free-kick.

With nine minutes remaining, Robert Pires netted a fifth for the visitors, but there was still time for another goal, with Freddie Kanoute notching a fourth for Spurs.


Tottenham 1-3 Arsenal
September 15, 2007

Arsenal had to come from behind to beat Tottenham in a game which saw three superb goals.

An 18-year-old Gareth Bale curled a 15th minute free-kick past Manuel Almunia; his second goal for Spurs following a move from Southampton that summer.

Spurs took their lead into the break, but Arsenal finally got themselves back into the game on 65 minutes after Emmanuel Adebayor headed in a Cesc Fabregas free-kick.

Fabregas then gave the visitors the lead with only 10 minutes remaining thanks to a thunderbolt from distance screaming past a helpless Paul Robinson.

But the best goal of the game was to come in the final minute, as Adebayor netted his second with a remarkable turn and volley from outside the Spurs box.

Tottenham 3-3 Arsenal
April 20, 2011

Tottenham dealt Arsenal's hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League a devastating blow after battling back from two goals down to steal a point.

The Gunners were a goal to the good inside five minutes after Theo Walcott finished past Heurelho Gomes with aplomb, but Rafael van der Vaart levelled up two minutes later.

Only 12 minutes were on the clock when Samir Nasri restored Arsenal's after his shot from 20 yards deflected off Michael Dawson.

As half-time approached, Robin van Persie further opened the gap, but Tom Huddlestone ensured the deficit was only one goal going into the break.

Harry Redknapp's men exerted more authority in the second period, and Van der Vaart netted his second of the night after Wojciech Szczesny had fouled Aaron Lennon in the area.

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