Premier League

November 20, 2010



2 - 3

Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

12:45 +00:00, November 20, 2010

Emirates Stadium, England

Referee: Philip Dowd

  • 95'

    FULL TIME Who saw that coming?! Arsenal were on top and in control at half time, but their second half collapse was truly incredible. Credit to Spurs, what a huge three points!!!

  • 94'

    Rosicky receives the ball from Van Persie and lets fly from 25 yards, a decent save from Gomes, that seems to be it for Arsenal.

  • 94'

    One minute left for Arsenal...

  • 93'

    Arsenal hoof it long in desperation to no avail, the ball is in the hands of Gomes.

  • 92'

    Spurs take the free kick and try and hold up possession in the corner flag, instead, Assou-Ekotto fouls Walcott. Free kick Arsenal.

  • 92'

    Bale is down near the Arsenal corner flag after a being felled by Denilson.

  • 91'

    Again Walcott wastes an opportunity! On the byline his low cross is fired straight into the arms of Gomes, Arsenal are running out of time.

  • 90'


  • 89'

    Theo Walcott blazes over from inside the box! In acres of space, the winger panics and lashes a rushed effort at goal!

  • 88'

    Gareth Bale with a surge forward for Spurs. He out strips the full back but fails to find his teammate with the cross.

  • 87'

    Wilson Palacios on for Rafael Van der Vaart

  • 86'

    What have Arsenal got in reply? A stunning second-half comeback from Spurs!

  • 85'

    GOAL Younes Kaboul with a third goal for Spurs!!! What a turnaround! A wonderful delivery from Van der Vaart, the Frenchman flicking the cross beyond Fabianski. What comeback!!!

  • 84'

    . Koscielny scithes down Bale as he breaks. A deserved card.

  • 83'

    Van der Vaart whips in a delicious free kick which Fabianski punches clear. It falls to Alan Hutton, who takes leave of his senses and hits an outrageous 30-yard volley well wide!

  • 82'

    Panic in the Arsenal defence! Bale's cross is dropped by Fabianski. Crouch, Van der Vaart and Modric attempt to convert the chance but Arsenal scramble the ball clear.

  • 80'

    Denilson trips Bale as he looks to sprint clear. He's lucky to escape a card.

  • 78'

    Koscielny should have restored Arsenal's lead! Defoe fails to clear Arsenal's corner and Walcott feeds Rosicky. His cross finds the defender in acres of space at the back post, but he heads over when it looked easier to score!

  • 77'

    Gomes with a great save to deny Fabregas! The Spaniard strides through midfield and curls a fantastic effort towards goal. The Brazilian stretches to divert it for a corner!

  • 76'

    Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky on for Samir Nasri and Andrei Arshavin

  • 75'

    A wicked cross from Van der Vaart is headed clear at the near post.

  • 75'

    Hutton bursts forward and earns a Spurs corner...

  • 74'

    Alex Song goes down and claims a hugely ambitious penalty under pressure from Hutton. Never a spot kick.

  • 73'

    Peter Crouch on for Roman Pavlyuchenko

  • 72'

    A fantastic comeback from Spurs, they haven't had many chances, but they have taken the ones that have come their way.

  • 71'

    Another chance for Fabregas, he takes one touch before striking a volley over from the edge of the box.

  • 70'

    Arsenal have the ball in the net...but it won't count!!! Fabregas squares for Squillaci who converts, but both are clearly offside!

  • 69'

    Pavlyuchenko fouls Nasri as the Frenchman break, dangerous free kick for Arsenal...

  • 68'

    Arsenal have reacted to losing their lead, what can Van Persie provide?

  • 67'

    Robin van Persie on for Marouane Chamakh

  • 66'

    Rafael Van der Vaart is in the book for his celebration.

  • 66'

    GOAL Van der Vaart levels from the spot! Spurs are on terms and what a cheap penalty to give away!

  • 65'

    PENALTY TO SPURS! Fabregas clearly blocks Van der Vaart's free kick with his arm!

  • 64'

    Foul by Song on Modric and this is in Gareth Bale territory...

  • 63'

    The initial corner is cleared, the ball arriving back with Nasri. His cross is a good one, Squillaci meeting it and guiding his header high and wide.

  • 62'

    Arsenal corner and they are taking control again here...

  • 61'

    Nasri fires the effort low and straight into the wall.

  • 60'

    A late challenge from Gallas on Chamakh, a dangerous free kick for Arsenal...

  • 59'

    Arsenal are starting to enjoy a little more possession. Maybe attempting to settle the game down.

  • 58'

    Fabregas again bursting through a surprisingly lacklustre centre midfield. Arshavin makes an excellent run, Younes Kaboul steps in to prevent a potential third for the Gunners.

  • 57'

    This match has been played at a tremendous tempo, can they keep it up?

  • 56'

    Momentary panic in the Spurs penalty area, wonderful footwork from Fabregas before he cuts back for Arshavin, but the Tottenham defence is alert and clears.

  • 55'

    Luka Modric lets fly from 25-yards out and it's narrowly over Fabianski's bar!!! Spurs have certainly woken up now...

  • 53'

    Assou-Ekotto almost sets Defoe away with a fantastic, raking ball. Clichy stretches to intercept.

  • 52'

    The atmosphere seems a little spiky out on the pitch at the moment. One or two late challenges are starting to go in...

  • 51'

    Van der Vaart is down and looking uncomfortable after a late challenge from Denilson. He's back on his feet now, though.

  • 50'

    A lifeline for Spurs, what a second half we have in prospect now.

  • 49'

    GOAL Gareth Bale pulls one back for Spurs!!! A long ball up field bounces kindly for Van der Vaart. His lovely lay off finds Bale, who calmly slots past Fabianski. Game on!

  • 48'

    Free kick Arsenal, Kaboul clattering Alex Song as he jumps for a header.

  • 47'

    Arsenal clear the corner and launch an attack. Chamakh and Arshavin combine, with the Russian breaking through the centre, Chamakh is unable to find his teammate with the attempted through ball.

  • 47'

    The free kick looks for Defoe, but Koscielny deals with it comfortably and concedes a corner.

  • 47'

    A diving challenge from Fabregas on Jermaine Jenas, free kick Tottenham inside their own half.

  • 46'

    Spurs with two men up front for the second half. Will they be able to carve out opportunities?

  • 45'

    KICK OFF Arsenal restart the game.

  • 45'

    Jermain Defoe on for Aaron Lennon

  • 45'

    The teams are out for the second half. Can Spurs stage a memorable comeback?

  • 45'

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  • 47'

    HALF TIME What a first 45 minutes for Arsenal, they've outplayed Spurs and it looks over at the Emirates.

  • 47'

    Arsenal pressuring again, Sagna attempting to find Nasri, whose touch is heavy and it's a goal kick to Spurs.

  • 46'

    Marouane Chamakh could have made it three! He finds himself one-on-one with Kaboul, the defender does excellently to deny the Moroccan a chance.

  • 45'


  • 43'

    Aaron Lennon gets to they byline, his cross is disappointing and Arsenal clear.

  • 42'

    A surprisingly scrappy period in this game, neither team bossing possession at the moment.

  • 41'

    Van der Vaart is looking very frustrated. Another late lunge and he manages to escape a booking.

  • 40'

    Spurs enjoying some success from set pieces when the delivery is right. Gallas is unable to make a substantial contact with his header.

  • 39'

    Gomes catches the cross and launches a counter attack. Assou-Ekotto bursts forward and earns a corner...

  • 39'

    Set piece to Arsenal now, can they find a killer third?

  • 38'

    Arsenal deal with the set piece with ease. Tottenham have wasted the rare opportunities they've had.

  • 36'

    Bale is fouled by Arshavin, free kick just inside the Arsenal half.

  • 35'

    Peter Crouch has been warming up with increased vigour, surely he'll be introduced at some point?

  • 33'

    Fabregas almost finds Arshavin with a smart ball inside of Alan Hutton, it's only slightly over hit and runs through to Gomes.

  • 31'

    A wasteful pass from Modric which rather sums up Spurs' first half. He looks for Hutton, but it's miles over the Scotsman's head.

  • 30'

    The atmosphere is understandably buoyant at the Emirates, this could be a long afternoon for Spurs, unless they can find something quickly.

  • 29'

    Although as I type Luka Modric unleashes a drive from 25-yards which Fabianski gathers at the second attempt!

  • 28'

    Arsenal are looking very threatening at the moment and Tottenham look out of this one.

  • 27'

    A truly awful opening half hour for Spurs. What have they got in reply?

  • 26'

    GOAL Marouane Chamakh makes it two!!! An incisive break away from Arsenal, Fabregas finding Arshavin in space. His low cross finds Chamakh at the near post and he flicks the ball between the legs of Gomes, a delightful finish.

  • 24'

    Kaboul involved again, his back-post header drops narrowly wide of Fabianski's post.

  • 24'

    The initial delivery is cleared, but Kaboul flings a deep cross in towards goal, which Sagna nods behind for a corner...

  • 23'

    Free kick to Spurs though, Van der Vaart over it...

  • 22'

    Arsenal are playing some cracking football and the early goal has given them a real lift.

  • 21'

    Lovely stuff from Arsenal, Alex Song finally slipping through Fabregas, who after taking a touch drags his shot wide.

  • 20'

    Aaron Lennon looks for Alan Hutton, who has made a break down the right but his pass is over hit. Goal kick to Arsenal.

  • 19'

    William Gallas with a rare burst forward, his clumsy dribble is eventually halted as he falls to floor under a challenge and Arsenal clear.

  • 18'

    Fabregas hoists the free kick into the box, Koscielny is adjudged to have fouled Gomes and it's a Spurs free kick.

  • 17'

    Rafael Van der Vaart is less than happy to be punished for a blatant shove on Alex Song. He's lucky to escape a booking for his protests.

  • 16'

    Arsenal are controlling possession and Spurs are hanging on a little bit.

  • 15'

    More clever play from Fabregas, his lofted through ball almost finds Alex Song, but this time Gomes does manage to gather.

  • 14'

    A frustrating start for Pavlyuchenko, he's hardly had a kick and when he finally gets possession he can't control the pass and it drifts out for a throw in.

  • 13'

    Arshavin teases Hutton down the left, his cross looks for Chamakh, but Kaboul hoofs clear.

  • 11'

    Bacary Sagna goes into the book for his late lunge on the Welshman.

  • 11'

    Gareth Bale is down and Spurs' start seems to be getting worse...

  • 9'

    Spurs look a little shell-shocked now, a terrible goal to concede and they haven't settled in the game yet.

  • 9'

    How can Tottenham respond? A disastrous start for the visitors!

  • 8'

    GOAL Samir Nasri opens the scoring!!! A hopeful through ball reaches Nasri, his first touch is poor, but Gomes makes a hash of it, the ball comes loose and from a narrow angle Nasri squeezes in a finish, what a start for the Gunners!

  • 7'

    What a waste, the free kick taken quickly and drifts harmlessly through to Fabianski.

  • 6'

    Free kick to Spurs, Clichy tripping Van der Vaart as the Dutchman tries to break.

  • 5'

    Neat inter-play between Nasri and Fabregas, the Spaniard fails to find Arshavin with his low cross.

  • 4'

    An equally terrible pass from Kaboul, his long ball for Bale flies into the stands.

  • 3'

    Sloppy play from Andrei Arshavin, his pass for Nasri drifting straight out of play.

  • 2'

    And it's Bale who goes close from the corner, the delivery is low and his neat near-post flick is straight at Fabianski.

  • 2'

    Tottenham have the first corner of the afternoon after Gareth Bale makes his first break forward...

  • 1'

    Early pressure from Arsenal, Samir Nasri being found by Fabregas, William Gallas getting back and sliding in to deny his compatriot.


    KICK OFF Tottenham get us started!


    The teams are out and it's nearly time to get this one started!


    What a contest we have on our hands this afternoon, it's ding-dong North-London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.