Premier League

October 29, 2008



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'


  • 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.