Full-time - 90'
5 - 2
13:30 +00:00, February 26, 2012
Emirates Stadium, England
Referee: Mike Dean
That's it for this game. Arsenal have shocked Spurs in the North London derby. Some pride restored for the Gunners.
Two goals for the much-maligned Walcott. Terrible first-half, much better in the second.
Tottenham stay in third. Eight points off Manchester United, seven points ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea.
FT Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Chance for Van Persie at the other end, well blocked by Kaboul.
Bale goes on a run, looking to restore some pride. But, his cross is overhit and runs to Szczesny.
Spurs are desperate for the whistle, but they have three minutes to play. Arsenal set to end the day in fourth with this victory.
Sagna's turn to try a hit and hope at goal. Predictably, it is well over.
Gervinho for Benayoun
Parker gets a second-yellow, for absolutely clattering Vermaelen in midfield. He will now miss next week's tie with Manchester United.
Arsenal look to counter quickly again with Van Persie, but his pass is overhit and gives Rosicky no chance.
Vermaelen catches Van der Vaart, but there is no card for the Belgian. Tottenham just hoping to get this game over with now.
Szczesny is quick off his line to claim the ball at the feet of Scott Parker. Good stuff from the keeper.
Michael Dawson replaces Ledley King
Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on for Walcott
Van der Vaart plays in Parker, but Jenkinson does brilliantly to outmuscle the England man and win the ball.
Tottenham win a corner, but take it quickly and waste it. Van der Vaart claims hand-ball, but no-one else shows interest.
Now it is Parker's turn to fire over from 30 yards. Desperation time for Spurs.
Rosicky and Walcott play a lovely one-two in the area, but Rosicky guides his shot just wide of the post.
Bale tries to score from 30 yards, but his curled effort is well over.
Van Persie runs at the Spurs defence and they back-off more and more, but the Dutchman tries to be too clever and loses the ball.
The corner is cleared, but from the second-ball a chance falls to Sandro outside the area. A left-footed effort is deflected, but straight to Szczesny.
Bale fires in a low cross from the right, aimed at Sandro. But, it goes behind for a corner.
Tottenham have been dire second-half. Now, Adebayor gives away a needless free-kick. Arsenal are running riot.
What must Harry be thinking?
GOAL Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Walcott again!!! Song finds Walcott with a great lofted ball, the winger is full of confidence and smashes the ball past Friedel.
One more goal and Arsenal are back into fourth ahead of Chelsea. But, is a two goal lead enough?
GOAL Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham Walcott doubles the advantage!!! Van Persie holds the ball up and finds Walcott bursting down the right. A poor second touch though is followed by a delightful chip over Friedel.
The corner is reached by Vermaelen at the back-post, but gathered by Friedel.
Arteta tries a long-range free-kick, but it is deflected behind for a corner.
Modric is a lucky man. Arteta is tripped and it could be a second-yellow for the Croat, but Mike Dein is lenient.
Sandro mistimes a tackle on Robin Van Persie.
Sandro and Arteta have a few words after the Brazilian's challenge. Arteta has been booked and needs to be careful.
Modric tries to play in Adebayor, but the Togolese cannot control the through-ball.
Tottenham's subs haven't got into the game so far. They should be in charge of the midfield, but it is Arsenal who are in command.
Still big gaps in both defences. Rosicky finds Walcott who this time goes for it, firing a shot across the face of goal.
Van Persie gets another chance to shoot, but slices it horribly wide from the left-side of the area.
Arsenal try to counter once more, sending Benayoun down the right channel. Assou-Ekotto sees the ball out for a goal-kick.
Modric, Van der Vaart and Bale attack down the left. Corner for Spurs falls to Kaboul in the area, but Arsenal scramble a clearance.
This was never going to be boring, was it! Tottenham fans can't believe it.
GOAL Arsenal 3-2 Tottenham Rosicky gives Arsenal the lead!!! Sagna on the overlap whips in the a great low ball behind the defence and Rosicky gets to the near-post to turn the ball home.
He is back! But, hobbling.
Not looking good for Walker here, who of course is in the England squad for next week. Off the pitch for the moment.
Benayoun catches Kyle Walker in the corner, as the full-back turns him. Walker is hurt though.
Arteta finds Benayoun free in the area, but his shot is well saved low by Friedel. Great keeping.
Gibbs breaks down the left and beats Walker, but the cross is tame.
Arsenal kick-off the second-half
Sandro and Van der Vaart on for Saha and Krancjar
The teams are coming back onto the pitch. Two changes at half-time for Spurs.
How does Harry Redknapp recover this then? Sandro on in midfield? But, despite Arsenal's control of that area, Spurs' two up-front are dangerous on the counter.
Manchester United leading 1-0 at Norwich, with a goal from Paul Scholes. That isn't great news for Tottenham.
So... Take some time to catch your breath after that. Incredible fourty-five minutes of football once more. This season is just crazy.
HT Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham
At the other end there is glimpses of an opening, as Arsenal miss two headers from cross-field balls. Ball evades Bale controls though.
Walker takes a massive gamble there, chesting the ball down in the area. But, Walcott doesn't take it on first-time and the defender recovers.
Adebayor down now, to the cheers of some of the Arsenal support. No foul though.
Incredible comeback since going 2-0 down from Arsenal. Is this mental toughness from the Gunners? Almost unheard of...
Tottenham are rocking now. Gibbs skips into the area, but passes to no-one.
GOAL Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Van Persie equalises!!! Assou-Ekotto fails to clear, giving the ball to the Dutchman at the edge of the area. He turns Krancjar and curls the ball into the far corner.
Arteta booked for denying Tottenham the chance to counter.
Life is racing back into Arsenal now.
GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham Sagna gets one back for the Gunners!!! Sagna has got himself into the box and loses Bale at the back-post to head past Friedel.
Van Persie hits the post right-footed on the turn.
Nothing doing as Kaboul rises well to clear the ball. Arsenal have played well, but are 2-0 down here. Tottenham's counters look dangerous every time.
Corner to Arsenal...
At the other end, Bale shows Walcott how it is done, bursting clear and fires a left-footed shot on goal. Saved by Szczesny.
Walcott has so much time and space to run into, but passes to Van Persie who is closed down by three players. Poor from Walcott.
Sagna rises to clear a cross into the area. That was heading to Bale at the back-post.
Little contact on Bale for the penalty, looks like he was anticipating contact. Bale left Gibbs for dead, but Modric's pass was delightful.
GOAL Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham Adebayor from the spot!!! Adebayor puts the ball to the keepers left, Szczesny guesses right, but is left helpless.
Eventually the penalty is taken...
PENALTY Modric slips a delightful through-ball through the middle. Bale beats Gibbs to the ball, but is taken down by Szczesny.
Koscielny clatters into Assou-Ekotto.
The ball is laid-off to Arteta, but the ball hits the wall and is cleared.
Parker and Modric Dangerous free-kick for Arsenal here. Parker fouled Van Persie at the edge of the box. Modric then booked for dissent.
Walker bursts forward and has the beating of Gibbs. He thinks he is fouled, referee says he falls.
Decent chance. Sagna crosses from the right and Benayoun heads over at the far post.
Some nice build-up play from Arsenal is ruined by a completely mishit pass from Benayoun to Gibbs. Start again.
Arsenal's extra man in midfield is giving them possession, but often leaving Saha and Adebayor 2-on-2 at the back. Dangerous.
So close! Tottenham counter quickly, with Adebayor only denied by Szczesny. The ball comes out to Walker, who lashes a ball just over.
Arsenal really unlucky not to be level here. Response to the goal has been excellent.
Great chance from the corner and what a save! Rosicky at the near post, good header, but Friedel performs a miracle to flick the ball over.
From a neat throw-in routine, Van Persie has a chance to score, but the ball deflects just wide off Kaboul.
That said, they are getting little joy in attack now. With Koscielny and Vermaelen strong in the air to cut out the long-balls.
Adebayor and Saha doing well to pressure the Arsenal defence. This time it is Alex Song who has to be quick to avoid catastrophe.
Some positive signs for Arsenal fans. The game is wide open, with both teams able to attack.
Walcott looks to have found space down the right, but a slip gives the ball straight to Assou-Ekotto.
Chance for Arsenal! Van Persie drags a great chance wide with his right-foot from eight yards. Has to hit the target, but miscues.
Spurs get a couple of dangerous balls into the box and win a dangerous free-kick. Taken quickly with Arsenal sleeping, but Koscielny at least was available to intercept the cross.
Szczesny comes to claim a free-kick given for a foul on Bale, but he is beaten to the ball. Luckily the header is not goalbound and the keeper escapes.
It's Arsenal on the front-foot in recent minutes. Tottenham defending and looking to counter.
Some shouts for a penalty once more. Parker chests the ball in the box, which some players thought had hit an arm. Nothing doing.
An incredible intensity at the moment. No space in midfield and neither team able to get the ball safe for long.
Kieran Gibbs tumbles in the box and wants a penalty, but Mike Dein waves it away. Looked like a dive there from the Englishman.
Some tough tackles in midfield from Parker and Song there. Going to be a big battle in the centre. Arsenal's three against Tottenham's two.
Some poor passing in attacking areas from Arsenal. Tottenham cutting out attempted through-balls with ease thus far.
A perfect start for Spurs. An early lead at the Emirates.
GOAL Arsenal 0-1 Tottenham Saha does it again!!! Adebayor breaks and finds Saha in acres of space. The Frenchman works a shot on his left-foot which deflects over Szczesny and into the net.
Several misplaced passes already. But, Spurs have settled better already.
Vermaelen does well to deny Krancjar. Walker broke down the right and played the ball inside to the Croatian. Looked like he would get a shot away, but the Belgian slid in to deny the chance.
Tottenham testing the Arsenal centre-backs in the air. Two or three balls into the box already.
Within 20 seconds Spurs have the chance to put a free-kick in the box as Arteta fouls Modric in midfield. Headed clear.
Tottenham kick-off at the Emirates
Ten points between the sides pre-kick off. A win for Arsenal will give fans hope of catching Spurs. An away win just stretches the Tottenham lead even more.
And here they come...
The teams are in the tunnel...
Could be a game decided by the use of substitutes. Gervinho and Van der Vaart will be hoping to make an impact from the bench.
Benayoun is an interesting choice. No Arshavin now of course, but Oxlade-Chamberlain must be disappointed. Saha and Adebayor will be looking to fire once more for Spurs.
So, we are just minutes away from the battle for North London supremacy. Emirates Stadium is filling up. You confident Arsenal fans?
Some facts - Arsenal are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 home matches in Premier League, whilst Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
Worth noting, too, that Spurs have a wonderful impact player on the bench in the shape of Van der Vaart, who has made a habit of scoring against the Gunners.
Today is also a big day for Theo Walcott, who has disappointed of late and subsequently come in for a lot of criticism. He must deliver.
For Arsenal, Wenger has handed Benayoun a chance to shine, but there is no place in the starting line-up for teenager Chamberlain.
A huge boost for Spurs is the availability of Emmanuel Adebayor, who passed a fitness test to face his former club. King and Modric also start from the off in a strong-looking Tottenham starting XI.
Be sure to get your teeth into our preview of the North London derby, written by Robin Hackett.
Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Kranjcar, Modric, Parker, Bale; Adebayor, Saha. Subs: Cudicini, Dawson, Rose, Lennon, Sandro, van der Vaart, Defoe.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Rosicky, Song, Arteta, Walcott, Benayoun, Van Persie. Subs: Park, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gervinho, Chamakh, Miquel.
ESPNsoccernet will bring you live commentary of the North London derby, which kicks off at 13.30 GMT.
Robin Van Persie
Rafael Van der Vaart
Rafael Van der Vaart