Three of the biggest clashes between Arsenal and Tottenham this decade

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Arsenal's rivalry with Tottenham provides everything a derby should: an unbearably close proximity between the two grounds, season-defining battles and two sets of fans with the utmost hate for each other.

The north London derby is the perfect advertisement for English football, containing an electric atmosphere, attacking football and, above all, unpredictability - and this weekend should prove no different. 

Arsenal and Tottenham have met 182 times in their history, but in recent years, momentum has shifted from the Gunners being north London's domiant side. Here's a look back at three all-important clashes since the turn of 2010.


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Tottenham 2 - 1 Arsenal - April 2010 

Spurs' first league win over their rivals in 11 years proved to be a vital moment in the Lilywhites' season.

The line-up fielded by then-manager Harry Redknapp would have worried fans, especially so with a 19-year-old Danny Rose given his debut at White Hart Lane, but the youngster's inclusion proved an inspired one as he fired a spectacular 30-yard volley past Manuel Almunia.

Gareth Bale then doubled Tottenham's lead and despite a late surge from the visitors, with Nicklas Bendtner pulling one back, all three points went to the hosts.

Not only was it their first win in 11 years, but victory proved a massive boost in Spurs' Champions League hopes and essentially killed Arsenal's title challenge. 

They went on to finish fourth and secure European qualification, reaching the quarter-finals a year later. 

Arsenal 5 - 2 Tottenham - February 2012

A memorable day for Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium began in the worst way possible following goals from Louis Saha and former striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

But the Gunners, off the back of defeat to AC Milan in the Champions League and an FA Cup exit, produced a famous comeback inspired by character and rampant football to humilate Redknapp's side.

Arsenal scored five goals within a 27-minute period to claim victory, with Scott Parker's dismissal late into the second half adding insult to injury.

Wenger's men would repeat the scoreline against their rivals nine months later. 

Arsenal 1 - 1 Tottenham - November 2015

A hard-fought draw this scoreline might suggest, but this was far from the case when the two sides last met in the Premier League.

Tottenham took the lead in the 33rd minute through striker Harry Kane before Kieran Gibbs grabbed a late goal for Arsenal to rescue his side a point, but the affair should be considered a turning point in the pair's rivalry.

Spurs proved themselves worthy adversaries against their hosts to the point of dominating the majority of play at the Emirates.

Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were excellent throughout, whilst defensively Tottenham were largely solid and showed exactly why they have the best record in the Premier League.

Bragging rights are always at stake when the two meet, but for the first time in years, victory could determine which of the two finishes as Premier League champions come May.

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