Arsenal and Tottenham fans involved in violent clashes before kick-off

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The north London derby was marred by violent clashes between both Arsenal and Tottenham fans with riot police force to intervene prior to kick-off.

Arsenal travelled to White Hart Lane to partake in one of the most hotly anticipated local derbies in Premier League history. The outlook would have a tremendous bearing on the title race and fans were brimming with exciting ahead of kick-off.

However, tensions between the small sections of both sets of fans boiled over with photos appearing to show several fighting. One fan was seen with blood gushing from a nasty head wound while larger clashes were caught by photographers.

Police attempted to regain control with fans moving towards the stadium ahead of the 12.45pm kick-off. It is not clear if any arrests were made.


Ill-feeling was understandably at an all-time high ahead of Saturday's game. Both Tottenham and Arsenal are fighting for the Premier League title with Mauricio Pochettino's men sitting in second place, three points ahead of the Gunners but three behind leaders Leicester.

While Leicester remain favourites, it looks likely that the title will end up in north London. Whether it will be draped in white or red ribbons, however, is still completely unknown.

The game

At half-time, Arsenal were leading 1-0 thanks to a neat goal from Aaron Ramsey. Arsenal also took the lead in the same fixture last season before a late double from Harry Kane handed Spurs the victory.

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Theo Walcott
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Thierry Henry
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