Premier League

November 17, 2012

Full-time

Arsenal

5 - 2

Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

12:45 +00:00, November 17, 2012

Emirates Stadium, England

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    But Arsenal were clinical in using the extra man to their advantage, and they deserved the victory.

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    Adebayor is the man Spurs fans have to blame here, sent off with the visitors a goal up due to a very poor tackle.

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    And that's it! Arsenal win the North London derby!

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    It's taken short and Arsenal keep it in the corner.

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    Now Ramsey wins a corner after trying to trick his way through.

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    Dawson blocks the Ox's cross. Corner, which Arsenal take short.

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    The Spurs end is now empty, in truth they've known since the 60th minute that this game is up.

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    Andre Santos limps off with the physio but he'll be okay.

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    Andre Santos is down and needs treatment. This will extend the added time.

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    Spurs caught at the back with Dawson left chasing shadows. The Ox breaks through, squares to Walcott who takes a touch and finds the bottom corner. 5-2

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    GOAL THEO WALCOTT

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    Four minutes to be added on.

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    Dempsey got the ball on the edge of the box and just gave it away. He has offered little since coming on at half-time.

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    Poor pass towards to box from Gallas, easily intercepted by Arteta on the edge of the box.

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    Arsenal will move up to sixth in the table with this win, dropping Spurs down to eighth.

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    That flurry from Spurs after Bale's goal seems a distant memory now.

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    Final change for the Gunners as the Ox replaces Giroud

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    Fine pass from Andre Santos (!) puts Vermaelen in but the Belgian defender and only fire wide when through.

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    Spurs can't get the ball right now, but the Arsenal fans are still silent.

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    Arsenal enjoying a period of possession.

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    Santos is playing in front of Vermaelen as a left midfielder to help keep Aaron Lennon quiet.

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    Podolski trips Vermaelen but that's his last action as ANDRE SANTOS comes on.

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    Carroll takes himself to save time but Arsenal head to safety.

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    Carroll wins a corner for Spurs.

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    Arsenal fans ... Andre Santos is stripping to come on...

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    It's a fine corner from Bale which finds Defoe unmarked at the far post ... and he swings a fresh air shot at the ball.

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    Corner to Spurs!

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    Cazorla is fed in, and this is a great chance to put the game to bed ... his touch is unbelievably bad for one so gifted and the ball just runs through to Lloris.

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    Arsenal fans looking VERY nervous now. And they've gone very quiet. It can't happen, can it?

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    Opta stat: Gareth Bale has now scored four goals against Arsenal in the Premier League, his highest tally against any opponent.

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    Defoe was so furious about Bale shooting - he missed at the far post - that the striker kicked the post in frustration. It should have been 4-3.

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    Oooooh! Bale bursts through and shoots on a very tight angle. What an awful decision, as Defoe was screaming for the square ball and had a tap-in.

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    Tom Carroll has only made one Premier League appearance before - two weeks ago in the 1-0 home defeat against Wigan when he came on for the final 12 minutes.

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    And a final change for Spurs as Tom Carroll is on for Tom Huddlestone

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    Wilshere is replaced Ramsey

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    Sandro finds Bale with a good header, Arsenal defenders stand off the Welshman and he fires into the corner through the legs of Koscielny.

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    GOAL GARETH BALE

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    Trip by Koscielny, free-kick to Spurs.

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    Looks like Spurs have weathered that post-goal storm ... for now

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    Walcott had the chance to shot when put through with a fine ball over the top - he delayed and had to settle for the corner.

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    Sandro finally gets a yellow card for persistent fouling. A foul on Giroud the straw on the camel's back.

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    Corner to Spurs. Bale takes from the right but can't find a team-mate.

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    Opta Stat: Emmanuel Adebayor has been sent off four times in English football, three times by Howard Webb.

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    The was the problem with AVB going two up top and taking the risks at half-time, if Arsenal got a goal it would leave the ten men exposed to a rampant home side.

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    Now Giroud fires over from the edge of the box.

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    It's almost five as Wilshere dances through into the box but is crowded out.

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    Arsenal waited for the chance to pick off Spurs, Podolski with the square ball across the face of goal to an unmarked Cazorla who couldn't miss.

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    GOAL SANTI CAZORLA

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    Walcott takes, a defender heads to safety unchallenged.

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    Corner to Arsenal, Huddlestone heading Cazorla's cross behind.

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    Arsenal have not been able to offer much in this half with Spurs on the front foot - but they don't need to. And Spurs are likely to tire too.

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    Walcott is back on - looks like he might be okay after all.

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    We continue. 10 v 10 for now.

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    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is stripping.

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    Walcott has a history of shoulder injuries - this has to be a concern. He gets treatment.

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    Dawson wins the ball off Walcott with a superb challenge, but the Arsenal winger goes down clutching his arm.

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    Free-kick to Spurs on the right flank. Huddlestone's ball finds Bale but he is forced to work backwards out of the box.

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    Lukas Podolski's shot deflected off William Gallas and went in.

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    Awful corner again, Huddlestone failing to get it past the defender at the near post.

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    Bale does well to win a corner off Sagna.

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    Opta Stat: Olivier Giroud has now scored five goals in his last five appearances for Arsenal; this after netting two in his first 13.

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    Adebayor sees red for his tackle on Cazorla.

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    So it's now Defoe and Dempsey up front despite having ten men. This is either genius or madness.

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    Awful corner, easily cleared at the far post.

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    Now Defoe tries to find Bale at the far post and Mertesacker has to put it behind for a corner. Spurs up for this.

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    Defoe with a silly shot on the edge of the box which was always going to be blocked.

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    And we're off in the second half.

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    Dawson and Dempsey come on for Naughton and Walker

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    Out come the teams again. Going to be changes for Spurs.

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    Spurs' inability to keep Arsenal at pay with ten men does not bode well. This could get embarrassing for AVB.

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    The Spurs players complain to Howard Webb as they head for the tunnel but there's very little they can argue about. Adebayor's red was correct.

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    And that's half-time.

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    Great work from Cazorla as he produces the cross for Giroud to guide home.

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    GOAL OLIVIER GIROUD

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    Lennon is booked for a foul on Vermaelen.

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    Mertesacker heads Arsenal level.

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    Podolski will probably be credited with that rather than it going down as an own goal.

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    A scruffy goal as Wilshere and Arteta mess up a 1-2. The ball runs to Podolski whose snap shot deflects off Gallas and rolls into the right corner of the net. 2-1 to Arsenal.

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    GOAL LUKAS PODOLSKI

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    Pressure building from Arsenal in the closing minutes of the half.

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    Giroud misses a sitter as he meets Sagna's cross five yards out but heads into the hands of Lloris.

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    Sandro gets a final warning from Howard Webb for a yellow card over persistent fouling.

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    Wilshere takes again, this time it's a Spurs head which gets there first.

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    Lennon trips Sagna, not sure there was contact there. But yet another chance for a ball into the box.

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    Bale wins a corer, it comes in from the right but Giroud turns defender this time to clear the lines.

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    Emmanuel Adebayor puts Spurs into the lead

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    It was played in by Huddlestone, inviting a header and it drifts just in front of Gallas. Great ball and Spurs almost had the lead again.

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    Sagna penalised for a foul on Sandro - he's everywhere. This is over on the left flank and perhaps the only way Spurs might add to their tally with ten men.

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    Superb dipping shot by Cazorla from 25 yards out, but it just dips over the bar.

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    Walcott takes the corner, and again it is Lloris who has to deal with the danger.

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    Walcott takes the corner, and again it is Lloris who has to deal with the danger.

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    Wilshere takes, Giroud wins the header and Lloris is forced into an acrobatic save to push it over.

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    Walcott cuts inside and is tripped by Naughton. Another chance to cross into the box for the home side.

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    Offside flag up against Defoe as he tried to steal a yard on the edge of the box.

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    Great run from Bale as he tried to cut all the way through the middle, but he was eventually crowded out.

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    Another foul by Wilshere, this time on Vermaelen.

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    Arsenal have so much space in midfield now to work the ball, Spurs sitting deeper.

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    Powerful backpass by Vermaelen to Szczesny - right in front of goal - but the Polish keeper deals with it well.

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    So Spurs managed to survive just six minutes with 10 men before Arsenal found a leveller.

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    Great cross from Walcott on the right, standing it up for Mertesacker to rise highest and find the top corner with a header.

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    GOAL PER MERTESACKER

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    Chance from a snap shot from Vermaelen in the box, great block by a defender.

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    It's a poor corner by Walcott, and Huddlestone heads to safety at the near post.

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    Walcott wins a corner.

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    Spurs of course had Scott Parker sent off in this game last season.

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    That red card just came when Arsenal had upped their game too. Three-game ban coming for Adebayor - so he will be enjoying the Europa League we can presume.

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    Adebayor looked fired up. He got his goal, but that tackle always looked like a red. He caught Cazorla with his studs - the Spaniard will be fine to contine.

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    Minutes after scoring, Adebayor is shown a straight red for a studs up challenge on Cazorla. Awful tackle definite red.

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    Adebayor could see red here. Bad challenge.

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    Wilshere plays a fine ball through to the onrushing Walcott in the box. Walcott tries to pull it back, doesn't look first and the defence clears.

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    And Koscielny does well again when Lennon threatened to get past him on the right flank.

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    Adebayor tries to feed through Defoe - Koscielny has to be wise to intercept.

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    Arsenal are rocking here.

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    Oooooh! So close! Bale feeds in Lennon on the right and his shot to the far corner goes a whisker wide of the post.

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    Aggressive tackle from Wilshere on Adebayor on the half-way line, no card though.

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    So one former Arsenal player had a goal disallowed only for another to score just moments later.

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    Defoe leaves Mertesacker for dead, his shot is stopped by Szczesny but he can't hold it and Adebayor beats him to the loose ball for the tap-in.

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    GOAL EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR

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    Bale's deliver from the right was poor, headed away with ease by an Arsenal defender. It dropped to Huddlestone 25 yards out and his deflected shot dropped to Gallas who produced a great finish - but he was offside.

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    No! No! The flag is up for offside!

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    GOAL

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    Foul by Vermaelen on Lennon. Real chance for Spurs to get a dangerous ball into the box.

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    Vertonghen steps up and plays Walcott offside. A very high line as usual from AVB and that could play into Walcott's hands.

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    I'm sure Arsenal fans were relieved to see the name of Thomas Vermaelen at left-back rather than Andre Santos.

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    Arteta does just that but it's headed away with ease on the edge of the Spurs box.

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    Now Sandro is penalised for a foul on Giroud and this could be lofted into the box from near the centre circle.

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    A committed start from both sides too, Sandro sending out a message with a strong but fair tackle.

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    Both sets of fans in fine voice early in the game.

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    And it's Arsenal to kick-off!

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    And out the players come into the stadium.

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    The players are in the tunnel, Bale and Waclott enjoying a laugh and a joke. Not exactly what you'd expect.

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    You're with me, @dalejohnsonESPN, for the North London derby. Kick off getting close.

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    Arsenal, meanwhile, welcome back goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from injury and Jack Wilshere from suspension. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returns to the Gunners' bench.

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    So the team news is in and Tottenham have plumped for an attacking line-up, AVB is playing 4-4-2 - a rare occurrence - with Defoe and Adebayor togethr up front.

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    Former Gunner Nigel Winterburn says Arsenal and Spurs will be battling it out for fourth place this season, while ESPN's Tottenham blogger Dan Fitch has been trying to craft a winning line-up for AVB.

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    There has only been one goalless draw in this fixture since 1998, so Emmanuel Adebayor may fancy his chances of scoring against his old club.

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