Premier League

October 29, 2008

Full-time

Arsenal

4 - 4

Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

20:00 +00:00, October 29, 2008

Emirates Stadium, England

Referee: Martin Atkinson

  • 90'

    Spurs celebrate as if this is a win. Wenger fury. Football was the winner.

  • 90'

    Amazing. Just amazing. This has been a truly wonderful encounter. What can you say about Spurs coming back from 4-2 down to make it 4-4. Brilliant.

  • 90'

    The ball is headed down. Somehow it breaks to Modric. Great shot. Ball bounces off a post and Lennon smashes home. 4-4! (Four-four). What a game!

  • 90'

    UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!

  • 90'

    Arsenal try to break. Adebayor was offside as they tried to attack.

  • 90'

    Flicked away and then hoofed clear.

  • 90'

    Free-kick from Bentley. Gallas has to head behind as it bends in. Corner.

  • 90'

    Diaby's late challenge on Gunter.

  • 90'

    Spurs on the attack. Bentley and Modric link. Lovely ball but Jenas' header is misdirected.

  • 90'

    Into time added on and there's four minutes to play.

  • 89'

    Grandstand finish? It could well be. Though Arsenal force a corner.

  • 89'

    We have a game still! Jenas gets space to go on a run. Sees a gap and shoots. 4-3 now.

  • 87'

    Bentley booed again after a long pass runs out before he can get to the ball.

  • 87'

    Nasri off and Alex Song comes on for him.

  • 86'

    Bentley from distance but nowhere near the quality of that goal in thr first half.

  • 85'

    Redknapp on the sideline looks a little woebegone. It's been quite a game and it had looked so promising.

  • 85'

    Jenas injured for his troubles after a tackle by Denilson. Bent climbs highest for the ball but no direction on the header.

  • 84'

    Jenas booked now. Quite a few Spurs now on the list.

  • 83'

    Diaby snapshot is blocked.

  • 83'

    Sagna hits the floor after a heavy tackle from Lennon. He's up. But gingerly. Or daft blondely in his case.

  • 81'

    Arsenal have Spurs chasing shadows tonight. It was very different early on but that level of effort could not survive.

  • 80'

    Van Persie is off now. On comes Abou Diaby in his place. He'll replace the Dutchman in the position he played last week.

  • 80'

    Nice link play from Denilson. Sagna's cross evades Corluka who lost his bearings. Adebayor heads down but wide of the post.

  • 79'

    Off comes Hutton. On comes Chris Gunther.

  • 78'

    Huddlestone fouls Nasri after he should have won a tackle previously.

  • 77'

    Clichy slides in as the play compresses. Arsenal have the wind in their sails but are prepared to be cautious.

  • 76'

    Nasri gets back to halt a Modric ball. The sting is not out of Spurs yet but Arsenal are equal to their promptings.

  • 75'

    Off comes Walcott and on comes Eboue.

  • 74'

    Nasri's cross from the left and Van Persie charged in. His foot wafts but can't get to the ball.

  • 73'

    Huddlestone's flick can't find Bent. Tottenham have more of the ball now. But Arsenal are enjoying the break.

  • 73'

    Nasri on the left. Out wide to Walcott who fires a shot from the left. Gomes saves.

  • 72'

    Free-kick from Bentley and Jenas was a whisker away from making it 4-3.

  • 71'

    Denilson blocks off Modric as he tries to show the stuff we became familiar wih during Euro 2008.

  • 70'

    Arsenal pass it around now. Is this the game finally at rest? Maybe not.

  • 69'

    Spurs fans have to listen to the Gunners fans reminding them of their league position. "Going down?" Maybe so.

  • 67'

    Spurs commit hari kari. Or should that be 'Harry Karry'?

  • 67'

    And now the game swings again. Spurs lose concentration. Hutton has a shocker again. Adebayor comes in. Nice pass to Van Persie, who uses his right foot to smash past Gomes. 4-2! Wow.

  • 66'

    Modric fires a shot. It's blocked and Huddlestone hammers it at goal. Almunia can only parry. Darren Bent steals in and it is 3-2. What a game. It's still living!

  • 64'

    The Spurs effort of the opening 25 minutes has gone. Arsenal look to be cruising.

  • 64'

    Long pass from Van Persie. Off goes Nasri on goal. Hutton missed the run of the Frenchman. Adebayor bundles home under pressure against Hutton. 3-1 to Arsenal! It was coming.

  • 63'

    Bent is imminent.

  • 62'

    Hutton and Bentley are off each others' wavelength as a pass goes awry.

  • 61'

    Bentley finds space and fires in a whipping snapshot which Almunia only claims at the second attempt. The former Gunner has his shooting boots on.

  • 61'

    Bentley tackled by Clichy to a chorus of jeers and cheers.

  • 60'

    Roman Pavlyuchenko looks like his game is over. Darren Bent is getting stripped/

  • 59'

    Clichy's poor pass somehow results in the ball falling to Adebayor. But that was quite a miss from him.

  • 58'

    Huddlestone booked now. Looked harsh.

  • 57'

    Surprise! Van Persie has an injury. Let's see if he lasts the match.

  • 57'

    Gomes came to collect the ball but chose to punch. He nearly paid for that when it smashed back off an Arsenal nose. Harry may well want a keeper in January.

  • 56'

    Bentley booked now for a foul on Clichy. A popular booking it has to be said.

  • 55'

    Gomes is brave as Van Persie tries to get on the end of a raking pass.

  • 54'

    aaron Lennon comes on for Bale who the game has passed by.

  • 53'

    Walcott blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Deliberately. The first yellow of the game for the young Frenchman.

  • 52'

    Another Van Persie free-kick. Jenas fouled as he cleared.

  • 51'

    Arsenal fans are loud tonight. Which makes a change. Though it should be loud for a derby match.

  • 51'

    The Frenchman nodded wide. It could have been three.

  • 50'

    Corner came to Silvestre again. Gomes rooted to his line.

  • 49'

    Van Persie on the wing. Hutton's hand looked to have been hit by a Fabregas cross. A Denilson shot fizzes in and this time Gomes does well.

  • 48'

    Spurs get back in numbers. Nasri on the left but no space for a shot. This will be a hard half for Spurs. Arsenal are right up for this.

  • 47'

    Bentley gets in a cross. Sagna heads away. Pavlyuchenko finds space. But Arsenal break with Waclott's pace.

  • 46'

    Spurs have a mountain to climb now. A silly free-kick for Huddlestone to give away and the Gunners have the lead.

  • 45'

    And Gallas is the man who gets to the cross. Great header down and Gomes can't get to it. 2-1 to Arsenal.

  • 45'

    Huddlestone fouls Van Persie. Who takes the free-kick.

  • 45'

    So, we're off again. Spurs need to get more involved on the ball. Will Arsenal let them?

  • 45'

    Hell of a half. Bentley's goal was sublime. Silvestre's was a result of some Gomes goalkeeping. But 1-1 is fair.

  • 44'

    Into time added on. Arsenal play keepball. And the half is over.

  • 44'

    Walcott muffs another cross. He's still capable of not supplying the right ball at the right time.

  • 43'

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Woodgate try to get Pavlyuchenko clear. He's had a friendless evening so far.

  • 42'

    Spurs get some vital time on the ball. It's been quite an effort to keep up with Arsenal.

  • 42'

    Sagna carves into Jenas as the Spurs man went on a run.

  • 41'

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets lucky when Corluka smashes away his silly header.

  • 40'

    Arsenal on the attack. Their fans are buoyant after that goal. It had been coming.

  • 39'

    Out with Bentley again. Nice cross but Almunia catches it.

  • 38'

    Almunia makes a silly punch from a Bentley cross when he had time to catch it. Dodgy keepers here.

  • 37'

    Modric fires wide after a buccaneering run. Spurs need to get a foothold.

  • 37'

    Silvestre's first for Arsenal. And your correspondent dropped him from his fantasy team.

  • 36'

    Then the corner comes in and Gomes flaps again. In comes Silvestre to head in. 1-1

  • 35'

    Bentley fell over. And Arsenal burst away. Fabregas fires a shot just wide of the post with his right-foot. A bender saved by Gomes.

  • 35'

    This is all Arsenal at the moment.

  • 34'

    Walcott on the burst. Out to Van Persie but the Dutchman can't find the space to get a shot in.

  • 33'

    Lovely attack from Arsenal until Adebayor is stopped in his tracks. Great tackle from Corluka stepping in. Then there's handbags between Denilson and Jenas.

  • 32'

    Just over from the young Frenchman. Pavlyuchenko with some nice skill but then made a silly attempt to dive into the penalty.

  • 31'

    Clichy with the long-ranger. Nice effort.

  • 30'

    Walcott again had to weave to find the time. He got a shot in but blocked well.

  • 30'

    Pavlyuchenko blocked the corner with his rear end. That'll do for Spurs.

  • 29'

    Walcott shoots. Off a defender and a corner. The young man fancies his chances these days.

  • 29'

    Denilson fouled by Bentley as Arsenal looked to break.

  • 28'

    Modric breaks but Sagna comes over to tackle him.

  • 27'

    Arsenal now on the attack. Patient play from them. But Woodgate steps out to intercept. Pavlyuchenko stopped in his tracks by Gallas.

  • 26'

    Bentley is booed as he takes a free-kick. It was curved in the right direction. Almunia punched away as Huddlestone was flying in.

  • 25'

    Arsenal with much of the play. Spurs sitting back a little. Perhaps too much. This is a great derby game.

  • 23'

    Gallas's pass goes astray. Gomes claims calmly. For him.

  • 23'

    Clichy tackles Hutton. The Scottish players was booming forward.

  • 22'

    Brilliant skill from Bentley. But not as good a cross. He is up for this one.

  • 21'

    Gomes came out. And, shock horror, missed it. He runs back as Gallas fires over. Gomes got lucky.

  • 21'

    Walcott scuffs a cross again. Hutton smashes behind.

  • 20'

    Walcott fizzes a cross which, in truth, was mishit. Van Persie shoots again. Another corner which is headed out for a throw. Breathless.

  • 19'

    Van Persie was flying there. Corluka had to head behind. Jenas equal to the next corner.

  • 18'

    Modric tried a pass with the outside of his boot. Missed the target but good idea.

  • 17'

    Modric, on the right, probes. The Croatian looks more comfortable but Hutton was just offside.

  • 16'

    Nice control from Pavlyuchenko. Turned Gallas and won the foul.

  • 16'

    Van Persie finds room on the edge of the box. Pirouettes and smashes a shot that beats Gomes but the post too. What a game this is.

  • 15'

    Headed away by Jenas. Pulsating stuff.

  • 14'

    Van Persie strikes round the wall with his left foot. And that is saved by Gomes. Corner.

  • 13'

    Arsenal free-kick on the edge of the Spurs box.

  • 13'

    What a goal that was. Legendary stuff if that starts a Spurs win.

  • 12'

    Bentley!!! What an amazing goal. Modric flicks up. Bentley, from the edge of the circle shoots. Almunia flaps and that may be strike of the season.

  • 10'

    Woodgate is not turned by Adebayor and Arsenal have to settle from a throw. Mishit cross finds Adebayor. Ball runs to Walcott. Nice left-foot shot but just wide. Arsenal's first genuine attack.

  • 9'

    Bentley can't reach a Pavlyuchenko flick. Spurs with plenty of the ball. Gunners not in their stride as yet.

  • 8'

    Nasri cross headed away and Bentley can break. But then a Jenas pass goes astray.

  • 7'

    Cross-shot came nearly found Modric. But not this time.

  • 6'

    Bentley tackled to many cheers. Arsenal got rid of him not them of him. Why the boos? That's football fans.

  • 6'

    Spurs play their own session of possession. Nice passing before Roman Pavlyuchenko is the target for a long pass. He didn't get there but an element of calm in the Spurs ranks.

  • 4'

    Aggressive start from Spurs. They're up for this. As they should be for a derby.

  • 4'

    Gomes with a goal-kick. All the way to Modric. Weaving run is stopped by Sagna. Walcott sets off the turbo-boost but just overran it. Woodgate came across to stop him.

  • 3'

    Bale got clear on the left from a Huddlestone pass. Almunia showed him the post but Bale misses and it's a goal-kick.

  • 2'

    David Bentley, met with boos, sets off down the right and fouls Clichy after a promising run.

  • 2'

    Arsenal have a free-kick. And choose to pass it around.

  • 1'

    Huddlestone tries a long pass to Roman Pavlyuchenko.

  • 1'

    And Woodgate heads clear as Adebayor went up. Spurs win the throw.

  •  

    Bale steps in to stop a Sagna charge. Woodgate hoofs clear.

  •  

    Huddle from Harry's men and we are off. Gunners get us under way.

  •  

    No Ledley for Spurs; his injury curse continues. No way was he going to play three games in a row so Woodgate is in. Gareth Bale, back from suspension, comes in for Jamie O'Hara. The Gunners bring in Adebayor, Denilson and Sagna for Bendtner, Song and Eboue.

  •  

    So, happy Harry takes his new boys to the Emirates and this could be a daunting task after that easy win over Bolton on Sunday.