Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur: Five important north London derbies

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With the prospect of Tottenham Hotspur finishing above Arsenal in the the Premier League for the first time since 1995 a genuine possibility going into this weekend's north London derby at The Emirates Stadium, many are billing this as one of the biggest meetings between the two rivals for many a year.

A result in favour of Harry Redknapp's side would signal a shift in the balance of power in north London, while victory for Arsene Wenger's side would be a significant reminder to Spurs that The Gunners are unwilling to go down quietly.

However, with 10 points already separating the two sides, it's difficult to invasive any result having a pivotal role to play in both teams' position at the end of the season.

With that in mind, GMF has decided to profile five other matches between the two rivals, where the importance of the result was to prove more important.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Arsenal

FA Cup semi final

April 14, 1991

A match remember for one of the greatest goals in FA Cup history, from a player who would rarely see the best of again. Paul Gascoigne cracked in a brilliant free-kick from 35 yards, before Gary Lineker made it two. Alan Smith produced a similarly poacher-like finish to cut the deficit, but Lineker restored Spurs' lead.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Arsenal

Premier League

April 25, 2004

Attempting to hold on to their unbeaten record, and simultaneously claim the title, Arsenal; claimed a thriller despite a rousing comeback from Spurs. Patrick Vieira slide in the first, and then set up Robert Pires to double the visitors' lead. Jamie Redknapp rammed in, inly for Jens Lehmann's foul on Robbie Keane leading to a late spot kick, which saw the Republic of Ireland international smash home.

Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

April 22, 2006

The final north London derby at Highbury didn't disappoint, with Tottenham chasing a Champions League spot, Robbie Keane put them ahead in controversial fashion. But Thierry Henry brilliantly equalised past Paul Robinson, as Arsenal pipped their rivals to fourth.

Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Arsenal

League Cup semi-final second leg

January 22, 2008

As dominant a Tottenham display in recent years, during the short reign of Juande Ramos. Jermaine Jenas and Nicklaus Bendtner's own goal have the hosts a first half lead, before Robbie Keane, Aaron Lennon and Steed Malbranque put the icing on the cake. Emmanuel Adebayor did pull one back, but it was too little, too late for The Gunners.

Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

November 20, 2010

Perhaps the match that broke the camels back, so to speak, as Spurs won at Arsenal for the first time in 17 years. Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamkah seemed to have made the points safe, but Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart's penalty and Younes Kaboul's flicked header stole the points.

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