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    Arsenal

    5

    Tottenham

    2

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    Liverpool

    3

    Wigan

    0

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    Man City

    5

    Aston Villa

    0

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    Newcastle

    1

    Swansea

    2

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    QPR

    1

    Southampton

    3

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    Reading

    2

    Everton

    1

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    West Brom

    2

    Chelsea

    1

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    Norwich

    1

    Man Utd

    0

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Emirates Stadium, England

Attendance: 60111

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Arsenal

  • Per Mertesacker 24'
  • Lukas Podolski 42'
  • Olivier Giroud 45' +1'
  • Santi Cazorla 60'
  • Theo Walcott 90' +1'

5 - 2

FT

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Emmanuel Adebayor 10'
  • Gareth Bale 71'
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  •  

    James Tyler: Bye all!

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    James Tyler: Cheers, Rog! I'll brew a fresh pot of tea.

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    James Tyler: Until then, rock on everyone. Check ESPNFC.com for all the insight.

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    Roger Bennett: Rock on everyone. Lets get some toast JT

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    James Tyler: Join us for UCL Boot Rooms on Tuesday and Wednesday. Feature games TBD. 2.15pm ET

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    [Comment from Dago]
    Thanks, fellas. Fun, as usual!

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    [Comment from Wu]
    SAVE US DEMBELE

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    [Comment from Justin]
    Why wasn't Walcott up for mvp? He had a high work rate most of the game, didn't give away any cheap balls and set up the first goal.....

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    James Tyler: So, Arsenal leaps over Spurs into 6th. Spurs slides to 8th.

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    Roger Bennett: This game was all about trust. I still dont think AVB knows who he can rely on in his Spurs squad. Reading Everton the big game still to come...

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    [Comment from Ben Krimmel]
    Power Point Ideas for trip home: A gentle picture of burnt orange leaves signifying that it is only autumn.

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    James Tyler: Ha! Didn't think it would end in a 5-2 hiding, of course not.

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    James Tyler: Cheers to all. Find us on Twitter as Rog said. Two CL boot rooms this week, Tuesday and Wednesday at 2.15 pm ET. Do join us for those.

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    Roger Bennett: Great shout JT. and it panned out EXACTLY as how you envisaged it right?

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    James Tyler: Warm hugs between friends at full-time. AVB looks rather rattled. Like someone told him the coffee he just drank had spit in it.

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    Roger Bennett: Thanks to everyone. Follow us on Twitter

    @rogbennett (Theo)

    @jamestylerespn (The Ox)

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    James Tyler: Told you he'd be key, Rog. Adebayor. As he goes, so goes his team. Madness or genius. Can be only one.

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    James Tyler: AVB will have Adebayor dumped in the Tower of London for his transgression.

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    [Comment from Jeff the GFOP]
    Thanks James and Roger. Good time as always, lads.

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    Roger Bennett: Mazeltov Arsenal fans. Sorry Spurs fans. Bit of a snooze post red card. Spurs fans will wonder how bad the team is or whether the red card was solely to blame.

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    James Tyler: Red card made it a bridge too far.

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    James Tyler: FT: Arsenal 5, Tottenham 2

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    James Tyler: Ramsey sprinting still -- careful, lad! -- and wins a corner for the Gunners. One they're in no hurry to take.

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    James Tyler: AVB's 4-4-2 almost worked, cavalier and refreshingly retro as it was. All of it undone by Adebayor's early moment of madness. Even in the second half, Spurs tried to be positive but this was always looking to be a losing battle.

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    James Tyler: Wait, he's fine. Hobbling off.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Does it make me a bad person that i'm kind of hoping that's a serious injury to Santos?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Surely Arsenal fans are even more elated now? 5-2 derby win AND Andre Santos' knee injury?

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    Roger Bennett: Tough, tough day for Spurs fans. No joke: I feel your pain. Arsenal fans will love it.

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    James Tyler: Uh oh. Andre Santos appears to have done his knee in. More victory for Arsenal!

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    [Comment from Ben Krimmel]
    The 125-year-old American keeper a big winner today.

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    James Tyler: Aww, so loving, those two. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott warmly embrace, jubiliant in the extreme.

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    Roger Bennett: Not much of a spectacle. I wonder what AVB will say to Adebayor after the game. Maybe run towards him, slap him repeatedly in the chest while sobbing?

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    [Comment from Adam]
    Southampton boys combine for the 5th. Done and done.

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    James Tyler: Why not? Theo Walcott thumps in from the penalty spot. Good pass into him after Vertonghen gave it away cheaply. Easy.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ARSENAL

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    James Tyler: Spurs fans have indeed "accepted their fate."

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    James Tyler: pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-backpass-pass-pass-pass-pass

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    [Comment from Wu]
    A disheartening percentage of Clint's passes have been backwards this year.

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    [Comment from josh]
    ot to give my boys credit, down 4-2 but they're still trying to create something.

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    James Tyler: 89th minute. Almost there. Denzel Washington has almost landed the plane.

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    [Comment from Cutter in Chicago]
    Don't have a dog in this fight but can confidently say worse part of an Arsenal win will be Piers Morgan on Twitter. Piers is not #GFOP

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    James Tyler: Vertonghen fouls in his own half. Good night, sweet Portuguese prince.

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    Roger Bennett: Oh Clint. Come alive a little bit yet his decision making is poor.

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    James Tyler: Sadly not. I need to turn my attention to the ESPNFC homepage.

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    [Comment from Morty]
    you hangin' round for the 10 AM ET games?

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    James Tyler: Ramsey free down the left, halted by Sandro. Arsenal just lazily playing out the string. Spurs seeking another goal just to make things interesting.

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    Roger Bennett: Gallas. really. sad.

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    Roger Bennett: Pains me to type this: Arteta has been terrific today.

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    James Tyler: Oxlade-Chamberlain keeps it in on the right touchline. Cuts infield, shoots. It's blocked. Soft.

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    [Comment from Cutter in Chicago]
    Done and done gents. Might have to stop by the crap part of SoHo to see suboptimal radio in action this week. #GFOP

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    James Tyler: Wasn't on the pitch long enough to qualify, Josh.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    Worth noting: Down 3-1 at the half and down to ten men, Spurs changed to a 3-4-2 to try and get a result. Arsenal's keeper, meanwhile, is time wasting with a two goal lead, up a man, with ten minutes left.

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    [Comment from josh]
    How was adebayor not a potential for man of the match? Had more of an impact than anyone.

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    [Comment from dan]
    the arsenal fans in the florentine pub where i am watching have stopped drinking

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    James Tyler: Big applause for the Frenchman. Good, spirit-boosting shift for him today.

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    James Tyler: Sorry, GIROUD off.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Walcott off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on.

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    James Tyler: I'll take a ginger ale too. With Jack Daniels.

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    Roger Bennett: Can you get us some peanuts?

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    [Comment from Cutter in Chicago]
    Greetings from 30,000 feet. Bless southwest and wifi. En route to NYC, thanks for this coverage

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal: Vermaelen has a good run inside Aaron Lennon, fancies a goal for himself. Spurs man gets back in time to poke it off the Belgian's toe as he readied to shoot on goal.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    I was at an 8... Santos has taken me down to a 5.5

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    [Comment from Jeff the GFOP]
    6

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    [Comment from tmoney]
    4

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    12

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal fans... please rank confidence on scale from 1 (behind couch) to 10 (in Arsene we trust)

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    [Comment from josh]
    Santos to ask AVB for his coat in the 86th minute

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    James Tyler: It's true.

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    [Comment from timalloy]
    for americn fans tuning in, dempsey has been decent when spur have managed to attack

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    James Tyler: Giroud wins a throw-in down the right flank. Gunners virtually home free at this point. That Tottenham hasn't really touched the ball in the past five minutes is a comforting sign.

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    [Comment from YanksAreComing]
    bringing on Santos only further ensures that this ending will he hectic and by no means over for Arsenal. Worst Back in EPL

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    James Tyler: NINE MINUTES LEFT. Two-goal lead. Most dangerous in football. Most dangerous anything in the universe. Deadlier than an anaconda.

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    James Tyler: You saw him grab RvP's shirt at half-time of the United-Arsenal game, right? I mean, you did know that it happened.

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    [Comment from NotTheNoob]
    How did Santos earn the nick name "The Souvenir"?

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    Roger Bennett: Pathetic from Scez. Really confidence inducing that. 4-2 ahead at home against ten men and time wasting.

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    James Tyler: I'm technologically polyamorous, Kipa. It's ok.

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    [Comment from Kipa]
    Can't help but think JT is cheating on us in the chat when he goes to the Twitter to make a comment.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Lukas Podolski off, ANDRE "The Souvenir" SANTOS on.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, ARSENAL: Podolski gets a piece of Jan Vertonghen.

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    [Comment from Wu]
    Lennon is 7th in the EPL in total chances created with 25. The same as Mata.

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    James Tyler: Giroud wins the header. Cleared. Arsenal breaks with numbers. Ramsey tries to pick Podolski out in the box but ball drifts up gently for Lloris to catch.

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    Roger Bennett: much to the chagrin of english tabloid writers, Spurs players have not given up on AVB

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    James Tyler: Sagna with good defending to halt Bale on the left. Gaz B has been unflinchingly committed despite the deficit. Another corner for Tottenham. Andre Santos readies to come in.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    I'm reliably informed that Andre Santos already managed to collect all the Tottenham subs' shirts during the first half, is ready to play.

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    [Comment from Dago]
    Defoe trying out "zonal kicking."

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    [Comment from Brendan]
    lennon and walcott are the same player

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    James Tyler: Half-chance: Bale's corner is swung teasingly to the back post. Defoe, unmarked, air-kicks at the ball on the volley. Should have connected. Shot on target could have gone in.

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    Roger Bennett: Defoe whiffs. Roy Hodgson nods approvingly.

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    James Tyler: Lennon, still pressing, wins a corner on the right thanks to Arteta.

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    Roger Bennett: Lennon has to get that ball in. Just has to.

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    James Tyler: Theo's first touch there made Gervinho looks like he has pillows for feet.

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    James Tyler: Worth. Every. Penny.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    $100k a week for that?

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    [Comment from timalloy]
    can someone make a video of walcott mistakes and put it to Benny Hill theme music?

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    James Tyler: Lovely angled ball for Walcott by Ramsey, playing him in behind a flatfooted Dawson. Yet Theo's first touch is leaden. Ball dribbles kindly to Lloris.

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    Roger Bennett: Theeeooooooo

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    James Tyler: Not going to harp on Carroll too much, but he has added a bit more optimism to the midfield. That said, how much of that is attributed to Arsenal being in first gear?

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    Roger Bennett: This is just like watching the Great Escape. It won't end well

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    [Comment from josh]
    Carroll an immediate impact. e should be in the lineup next week.

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    James Tyler: Only on FM13 or FIFA13.

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    [Comment from timalloy]
    has wenger ever put together a good defense of players that he was entirely responsible for signing/coaching?

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    [Comment from dan]
    AVB changed jackets. Big move.

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    [Comment from Zefa22]
    Suddenly a four goal lead doesn't feel as comforting as it did earlier.

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    James Tyler: Dempsey gets it in the Arsenal half from Carroll. Finds Bale in behind Sagna, the Welshman makes a wonderful run into the box and fires narrowly wide with his left foot. Defoe upset as Bale should have crossed it for an easier shot.

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR TOTTENHAM...

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    James Tyler: 73rd minute.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Andrei Arshavin's Halloween costume? j.mp/T7YKsj (H/T @OutsideMid)

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    [Comment from Jeff the GFOP]
    Arsenal Defense: "You mean we actually have to play the last 20 minutes? I thought the game was over when we scored the fourth."

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR TOTTENHAM: Tom Huddlestone relieved, Tom Carroll entered.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Jack Wilshere off, Aaron Ramsey on. Nursing the oft-injured midfielder.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    Tom Carroll appears to be 12 years old

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    [Comment from Dead Jhonny]
    BALE!!!!!! Here we come!!!! (downs cuppa number 10....)

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    [Comment from DeSelby]
    deuce-face time for Koscielny!

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    James Tyler: Gareth Bale afforded room to run. Eventually drills one from the top of the box with his right foot, amazingly. Low finish through Koscielny's legs and Szczesny can't reach it. Uh-oh.

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    Roger Bennett: Nice goal for the scouts. Gareth Bale.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR TOTTENHAM

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    James Tyler: Yet it's hard to read too much into it because who knows what the score would be had Adebayor still been playing.

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    James Tyler: Very! Derby wins can build momentum. See: February's win. Led to Redknapp's demise and the Gunners' surge back from a 10-point gap.

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    Roger Bennett: Clint strikes out there. Keep calm mate. Dempsey misses Dembele more than anyone. Not able to find any space at all since he came on

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    [Comment from Vargo]
    James, how excited should Arsenal fans get about this result?

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    James Tyler: Arsenal flirts with goal number five. Lloris lightning quick off his line to smother the ball.

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    James Tyler: This midfield is indeed missing some poise. Sandro and Huddlestone two unmuzzled attack dogs.

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    [Comment from Brendan]
    Dembele can't come back soon enough

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Emmanuel's already eaten the locker room TV. RT @PhilippeAuclair: "Adebayor, what's the score?" the hit song at the Emirates right now.

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    James Tyler: Other team news: Oriol Romeu, Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge all start for Chelsea. Plenty of Blues being rested ahead of the Tuesday trip to Turin in CL action. Oscar, Mata, Ramires not in the matchday squad.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal: Walcott played onside by Dawson. Tries to shrug off Vertonghen but can't. Eventually draws Lloris off his line but can't beat him. Corner for Arsenal, and it's cleared.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    It's funny you have to be up by 3 to feel comfortable if you're Arsenal. Juventus is the only big team right now that seems to be even close to "good" at defense this year

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, SPURS: Sandro. A formality. Amazing it didn't happen sooner.

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    Roger Bennett: Sandro...had that coming from the second he stepped on the field

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    James Tyler: Gareth Bale's giving it his all, still. Muscular run in from the right flank but eventually hustled off the ball by Podolski, doing fine work tracking back.

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    Roger Bennett: How elated is Friedel to be on the bench? Football is a curious game.

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    [Comment from bob]
    i could not have imagined a better morning

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    James Tyler: Mazy run by Cazorla. Arsenal tippy-tappying it about. No pressure.

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    James Tyler: Defoe's wonderful. Just not his game to shine given the early red.

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    [Comment from Amanda]
    What are the opinions on Defoe? Haven't seen him play too much, but never that impressed. Thoughts?

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    [Comment from Brandon]
    Arsenal just waited out our spell of energy, then took the match back.

  •  

    James Tyler: In Other News... PEPE REINA returns for LFC to face Wigan. Maicon's in the Man City lineup. No taxi called just yet.

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    [Comment from josh]
    Well that should be that. Can't believe i got up on 4 hours sleep for this.

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    James Tyler: Giroud fizzes one wide from the edge of the box with his left foot.

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    Roger Bennett: Garbage time

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    James Tyler: Chance for number five as Wilshere steams into the box. He's upended and Walcott has a chance to shoot but it's blocked. Spurs praying for the next half-hour to pass in 60 seconds.

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    Roger Bennett: Good game to pad your stats if you are an Arsenal player

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    [Comment from Jeff the GFOP]
    It's only now I think Arsenal may have a chance to win this thing. And even then, I'm not so sure.

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    James Tyler: Too easy. Cazorla taps home from close ranger. Simplest of goals. Long ball flicked on, Podolski played in down the left, he first-times a cross to the back post and Cazorla steals in behind Sandro to convert.

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    [Comment from Zefa22]
    All three signings on the scoreline. Perfection.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ARSENAL

  •  

    [Comment from Ben Krimmel]
    Per has the grace of a giraffe moments after birth. The fact that he can run and not fall over is one of life's great miracles.

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    James Tyler: Dempsey and Giroud collide in midfield. The Arsenal man comes out of it far worse.

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    James Tyler: Weird stuff, really. Yet they're not really under much duress, no impetus to attack with a 3-1 lead.

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    [Comment from Dead Jhonny]
    I know i did not sleep all night waiting for this game, but is it the Spurs with ten men or the gunners??? It looks like the Spurs are playing with twelve....

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    James Tyler: Good delivery but Bale heads away at the near post.

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    James Tyler: First Arsenal attack in what seems like forever. Cazorla wins a corner.

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    [Comment from DeSelby]
    this 3-1 lead is looking almost as dangerous as a 2-0 lead.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    It's like Wenger watched AVB's PowerPoint at halftime

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    Roger Bennett: AVB's speech evidently: "You are only playing Arsenal"

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    James Tyler: 55th minute. Another Tottenham free kick deep in Arsenal territory. Weird, really.

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    James Tyler: Wait, Walcott is fine. He'll be back. What a soldier.

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    James Tyler: Jack Wilshere. (jinxes)

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    [Comment from Amanda]
    Is anyone in the EPL more fragile than Walcott? He's always going down with some random injury.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Like watching a whale tackle a shrimp

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    James Tyler: Aye, Rog. Was a superb obliterating, ball-and-man tackle. Totally well timed, too.

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    James Tyler: Oh dear. Walcott's hurt. As usual. Superb covering challenge by Dawson as Walcott was played in down the right.

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    Roger Bennett: "Proper English"

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    Roger Bennett: Terrific tackle that

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    James Tyler: ... it's rubbish again. Bale does well though to control the woeful set piece but he's eventually run out on the left.

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    [Comment from Dead Jhonny]
    Can someone else PLEASE take a corner than Huddleston??? He sure can pick ut a Gunner...

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Spurs, wide right. Huddlestone must do better...

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Andre Santos warming up must look positively angelic to Spurs fans

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    [Comment from iainmacintosh via Twitter]
    Can't imagine anything that would make me say, "What we need is Andre Santos." Not unless I needed someone to drive me somewhere REALLY fast

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    Roger Bennett: Huddlestone moves like a Basement Furnace

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    James Tyler: Huddlestone drills it low to the near post where it's cleared. Dreadful delivery. With a man deficit, set pieces are your best bet for a cheap goal.

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    James Tyler: Bale and Dempsey play a 1-2 down the left but Sagna stops the Welshman from reaching the return pass. Gives away a corner.

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    James Tyler: Funny that, innit?

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    [Comment from DeSelby]
    even 2 goals up and with a man advantage Arsenal's defense looks bordering on suicidal.

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    James Tyler: 40 minutes left. AVB with two big rolls of the dice during the interval.

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    James Tyler: Not sure what Szczesny and Mertesacker were playing at, there. Trying to give Spurs a chance at a goal.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    I'd 8-2 be a spurs fan right now

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    Roger Bennett: Santos! How Corinthian of Wenger

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    James Tyler: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain readying to warm up.

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    James Tyler: 48th minute. Jack Wilshere thinks he's beaten the offside trap but he hasn't. Flagged.

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    James Tyler: Yes. Another vital player. Jake Livermore gets minutes for Tottenham these days. That's how thin the squad is.

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    JT, don't forget Parker

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    [Comment from canadiana]
    Dempsy = the character in a WW2 movie who is coming unhinged because he's gotten a letter from his wife saying she's left him?

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    James Tyler: Who said AVB isn't bold?

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    James Tyler: Seems like a 3-4-2 according to some reputable chaps on Twitter.

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    James Tyler: Big 45 minutes for Tottenham.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Dempsey just needs to give the Arsenal players his "death stare" and all should be well.

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    Roger Bennett: Final score prediction JT? 5-2 has a familiar ring to it

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    James Tyler: Sigurdsson? Dembele?

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    [Comment from yes]
    who've spurs lost to injuries in the middle JT?

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Dawson in. 3 at the back for Spurs? Walker and Bale wing-backs?

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    James Tyler: SUBS FOR TOTTENHAM: Clint Dempsey and Matt Dawson on, Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker off.

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    [Comment from Dago]
    CLINT CLINT CLINT CLINT!

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    James Tyler: Subs for Spurs entering... Dawson and Dempsey...

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    Roger Bennett: Come on Clint. Really. COME ON CLINT

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    James Tyler: Would say that he's hamstrung by injuries, Jake. Hard to have a Plan B or C when your squad is so thin.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    That's the problem with AVB's system. He has no Plan B. He has his speed demons out wide who put crosses in and he has solid forwards in Defoe and Ade but he has two labored, slow, unimaginative, defensive, Centre Midfielders so when he needs to go throw the middle he can't.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    "Fulham came back from 2 down last week"

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    [Comment from Marty]
    AVB needs to bring on someone who can rile up Wilshere and get his sent off.

  •  

    [Comment from Dago]
    Yo' shins, bruv. Dey iz massiv!

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    Roger Bennett: Remember the Alamo

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    James Tyler: "Remember that Clint face thing you did? Do that today."

  •  

    [Comment from Jeff the GFOP]
    I cannot imagine what that trainer was trying to convey to Clint Dempsey

  •  

    [Comment from josh]
    At this point I'm all for bringing in Carroll. Lets see what the kids got.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Vertonghen playing CB seems to have unsettled things a touch also. So used to playing at left back.

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    Roger Bennett: Brilliant

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    [Comment from canadiana]
    Assume AVB's got JT (as in John Terry, no disrespect James...) on speakerphone...

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    Roger Bennett: Oh Sir Ian...

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    [Comment from DeSelby]
    agree with Rog and JT. i complain incessantly about refereeing but no complaint here. it was Adebayor who ruined the game, not Webb.

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    Roger Bennett: Follow us on Twitter:

    @rogbennett (Sandro)

    @jamestylerespn (Huddlestone)

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    "Remember the San Siro!"

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    [Comment from Marty]
    Gallas has been the best player for Arsenal, Lloris is a close second.

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    James Tyler: If Brendan Rodgers can use Suso, Sterling and Wisdom in a Merseyside derby, give Carroll a chance.

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    Roger Bennett: I do wonder what AVB is saying in that locker room. really i do...

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    Roger Bennett: A lot to ask a young kid in a north london derby when he is on a hiding to nothing. would be fun to see though...

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    James Tyler: Swap Carroll for Sandro. Add a bit of pace to the middle. Plus there's always the chance that Jack Wilshere does something equally stupid.

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    James Tyler: I see that, Rog. But hardly helped by two diplodocuses in the heart of midfield. Huddlestone and Sandro could never play with pace to begin with. I say bring on the young Tom Carroll. Let's see what he's made of.

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    Roger Bennett: Agree with JT on the red. Refs in derbies (unless the offence was committed by and Everton player) like to keep the sides at 11 a piece. Webb had no choice.

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    Roger Bennett: JT: Spurs game was built around speed. Once you cede a one man advantage, lennon and Bale have been driven back, and they have absolutely nothing to offer at the other end as Huddlestone is so slow in transition so the break is rarely on

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    James Tyler: They are terrible, but this one was justified. Couldn't let him stay in the game. Webb has no choice.

  •  

    [Comment from stiglerv]
    Red cards are terrible. Ruins the flow. Adebayor was foolish. Webb always has to get involved. This is not what I got up early to see.

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    James Tyler: Played LB more or less all season since Assou-Ekotto's injury. Suddenly in the middle, he's not exactly getting his positioning right.

  •  

    James Tyler: Anyone else wonder if the sudden jolt of having Vertonghen at CB is also a factor?

  •  

    [Comment from Marty]
    take of Gallas and bring on Dempsey

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    James Tyler: Sandro. Why bother? He's a walking yellow card waiting to happen.

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    Roger Bennett: Lloris

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    [Comment from yes]
    if dempsey comes on, who would you take out?

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    Roger Bennett: Here's the man of the half for me:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShvJT5_ogCI

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    [Comment from josh]
    Shaking my head as a spurs fan. Arsenal's defense looked like they couldn't handle our pace, and then the (fully deserved) red card.

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Haven't been this deflated over sports since Raul f'ing Ibanez

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    James Tyler: Save the tough questions for another day, Jeff. This is a day for ignoring problems and celebrating life.

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    [Comment from Jeff]
    Why can't Arsenal seem to turn it on until they're behind?

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    James Tyler: Bit late for that, Chen.

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    Roger Bennett: Says it all: Spurs most repeated pass combination: Vertonghen to Naughton with 6

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    [Comment from Chen]
    friedel coming on for lloris?

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    What an emotional 45 for Spurs fans. From delight to devastation in the blink of a half. The beauty of football.

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    James Tyler: Yeah, but Spurs have been passive and not helping themselves at all since the red card.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    What an emotional 45 for Spurs fans. From delight to devastation in the blink of a half. The beauty of football...

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    [Comment from Michael]
    I feel bad for AVB, Adebayor's moment of madness is what put Spurs here.

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    James Tyler: I know, Orr. Painful.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Excellent advantage played by Howard Webb, must be said. His "help the red team" policy never seems to benefit Liverpool though...

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    James Tyler: Andre Villas-Boas better get his notebook out.

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Arsenal 3, Tottenham 1. "We wish we could play you every week."

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Great day for disgraced ex-Arsenal players and Arsenal players that Arsenal fans aren't sure they love just yet.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Ooof. I think Giroud's middle name may be "Vichy." Collaborator.

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    [Comment from Moonshiner]
    Now it's just going to be 45 minutes of Arsenal Angst being taken out by team and fans

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    #FriedelMeme

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    Roger Bennett: Terrific play by Giroud. The most joyful little man in English soccer

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    James Tyler: Sloppy set piece clearance, Cazorla fouled but Webb plays advantage, races into the box, drills a low cross and Giroud turns it home.

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    James Tyler: Giroud's stretched the lead

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    Roger Bennett: Even Giroud Scored

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ARSENAL

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, SPURS: Aaron Lennon cautioned for hip-checking Vermaelen as Huddlestone underhits his pass to the Spurs winger. Walcott plays in the free kick, it's cleared.

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    Roger Bennett: Theatrical?

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    James Tyler: That's one point of view, Guest. Webb really had no choice but to show a red. Adebayor made the decision for him with an awful tackle.

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    Roger Bennett: What an emotional rollercoaster this half has been for Spurs fans. Sorry Spurs fans.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Feature Saturday match ruined at 20 minutes by a showboating ref.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Rog, is Lloris' middle name "Maginot" ? Germans are bypassing him at an alarming rate.

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    James Tyler: Lovely run by Podolski is nearly rewarded via the fine ball over the top for him to chase. Lloris, apparently forgetting he can use those gloved appendages at the end of his arms, opts to head it clear.

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    James Tyler: The home side Gunners in full pomp now. Like this derby business is easy.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Goal of the Ugly Season.

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    [Comment from Zefa22]
    What's better than to score a goal and get a standing ovation by Henry? Nothing.

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    [Comment from Moonshiner]
    Arsenal is a team built to play 11 on 10.

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    James Tyler: Sheer persistence by the German. Gets it at the top of the box and shoots between Gallas' legs. It bobbles and squirms past a confused Lloris, slipping in at the far post.

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    Roger Bennett: Survivor mode now for Spurs

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    James Tyler: So much for survival

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    James Tyler: Lukas Podolski

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ARSENAL

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    James Tyler: Cazorla tricky on the edge of the box. Decent cross aimed at Podolski but cleared. Gunners attacking in waves. Tricky spell, 5 minutes to half-time. Must go in level at the break if Spurs is to have a chance. Survival mode.

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    [Comment from Larry]
    JT:does this sound familiar: "at least we're not losing"

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    James Tyler: Close range header, Lloris with brilliant reflexes.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal need to get the ball to Walcott's feet. just 19 touches but he leads the team in attacking third with 13. his width and pace will undo Spurs if this teammates can find him

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    James Tyler: What a save by Lloris to deny Giroud!

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    James Tyler: Vertonghen heroically heads another deep, right-flank cross clear. Walcott very lively.

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    James Tyler: For as comfortable as Arsenal has looked with the man advantage, the score's still level. Gunners not being clever in allowing Spurs to hang around.

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    James Tyler: No. Think Webb was planning on giving a red the entire time, kyspursfan. Just took him a while to calm things down before he could issue it.

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    Roger Bennett: Wilshere begging for cards all over the show

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    [Comment from kyspursfan]
    Didn't look like Ade was going to get sent off until things heated up on the pitch shoving etc,,. Do you think the red card was a move to keep things under control?

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    James Tyler: Think AVB's going full-on Lord of the Flies? Guessing he eats Huddlestone first.

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    James Tyler: 37 minutes of largely uncynical footy between loathed rivals.

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    Roger Bennett: AVB. jaw out. top button undone. tie askew. tie is going to end up wrapped around his head, shirt ripped off at sleeves the way things are going.

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    James Tyler: Been a fun one this, eh Rog?

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    James Tyler: Another set piece for Arsenal. Wilshere's delivery is cleared.

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    [Comment from pedro]
    Like Stewie Griffin says: "He runs like a welshman"

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    James Tyler: Sagna fouled/caught/nipped by Aaron Lennon as he tries to cut inside the Spurs winger.

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    James Tyler: Best Tottenham's got. But he'll need to drift infield and become more influential, as he tried to do with that run.

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    James Tyler: GAZ BALE

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Gareth Bale, running like he's stuck in a German heist film with multiple storylines and timelines and some techno music.

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    [Comment from Dead Jhonny]
    run bale RUN!!!!

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    James Tyler: Lung-searing 65 yard run by Bale right up the middle. Draws two defenders near, wins a corner. What an effort.

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    Roger Bennett: Bale. needs to do that again and again. ran out of steam but lord do spurs need him to step up today

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    James Tyler: Decent early ball by Walcott from the right but Lloris comes out and catches.

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    [Comment from Per]
    Arsenal looking much better now. We should play 10 men every week.

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    James Tyler: Spurs free kick swung in by Huddlestone from the left touchline. Superb inswinging ball but Defoe can't make a touch. Nor Gallas in the middle of the crowd. Goal kick, Arsenal.

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    Roger Bennett: real chance there. terrific ball by Hud

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    "Can Brad Friedel play holding midfield?

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    [Comment from davittski]
    Lloris flying around like Superboy

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    [Comment from Marty]
    let's talk about what's in Daniel Levy's notebook: 1. buy more midfielders 2. don't buy any defenders. 3. don't buy any strikers, 4. See 1 and 2

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    "Maybe Roman was right"

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    Roger Bennett: Things that will be in AVB's half time power point. 1. Man in Iron Mask. 2 Papillon 3. Robert the Bruce 4. St.Bernard puppies

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Santi Cazorla has a vicious crack from 25 yards. It swerves and zips narrowly over the bar.

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    James Tyler: Free kick swung in, Giroud meets it with power and his header's goalbound until the ex-Lyon flings himself to his left and palms it out for a corner. Spurs barely manage to clear the set piece.

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    James Tyler: What a save by Lloris!

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    James Tyler: Defoe now a man alone up top for Tottenham. Covered by Koscielny AND Mertesacker. Poor lad. An elf among Ents.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    4. Find 3 envelopes

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    Roger Bennett: TO DO
    1. Make powerpoint
    2. tighten belt
    3. talk to players

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    [Comment from Scott]
    "Do you like me? Check Yes or No"

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    James Tyler: "Dear Journal... today I am not very happy." etc

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    James Tyler: What do we think's written in his notebook, then? Beat poetry? Doodles of Arsene Wenger?

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    Roger Bennett: Wonder what he is writing? "If" by Rudyard Kipling?

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    [Comment from Chen]
    AVB looking at this notebook. Sad

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    James Tyler: Vertonghen hacked by Wilshere, who's determined to force Howard Webb into a booking at some point.

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    [Comment from Marty]
    little known stat of the match: Adebayor has been sent off 4 times, 3 by Webb . . . probably all against Man Utd.

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    James Tyler: The Gunners with all the ball now. Stroking it about like a full-pomp Barcelona side with a six-goal cushion. So easy to do it when you're 11 vs. 10.

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    James Tyler: Quality analysis, all. Can find no fault.

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    [Comment from AJS from Texas]
    Number one rule: Have 11 men on the pitch.

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    [Comment from Morty]
    Friedel would have had that.

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    [Comment from Jeff the GFOP]
    I have scored that exact Mertesacker goal in FIFA a hundred times, but never thought I'd see it in person

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    James Tyler: You mean "Big Friendly Giant."

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    The Big. Effing. German. Roald Dahl would be proud.

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    James Tyler: Good heavens. A 25-minute tire fire early on a Saturday morning. No place I'd rather be for it, either.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @ayjay Entschuldigung mich!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    #NLD now boasting two themes on "Narrative Bingo" card: striker scoring/sent off, defender screwing up/scoring equalizer.

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    Roger Bennett: From distance.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Are you serious? Mertesacker did something right?

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    Roger Bennett: 87 year old Per. He still got it JT

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    James Tyler: Simple goal: cross, header, Lloris clutching at thin air.

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    BFG!

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    James Tyler: Per Mertesacker!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ARSENAL

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    Roger Bennett: PERRRRRRRRRRRR

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Derby delirium. RT @James_Dart: The Adebayor red card dailymotion.com/video/xv61jx_a…

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    [Comment from Chen]
    Sandro is dangerous too

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    James Tyler: Set piece headed away at the near post. Another chance for a cross but it's blocked by Huddlestone.

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    James Tyler: 21 minutes gone. Arsenal with a man advantage at home. Walcott has a determined scamper down the right flank, a forceful 50-yard run. Wins a corner for his efforts.

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    Roger Bennett: Benihana

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    [Comment from Morty]
    United's candy striper shirts with the cute red piping are the worst.

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    [Comment from Marty]
    Man Utd's home kit looks like a picnic table cloth

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    James Tyler: AMANDA: he'll be the next man sent off.

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    Roger Bennett: Jake... yes. American manufacturers have done a real good job for EPL teams. When will Ed Hardy sponsor West Ham?

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    [Comment from Amanda]
    Love Jack Wilshere. Ready to throw down. All 5'3" of him.

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    James Tyler: Does Everton still wear pink, Rog? That was a visual atrocity.

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    James Tyler: Yes, AJS.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    @Rog. I'd nominate Liverpool's god awful change and 3rd strip.

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    [Comment from AJS from Texas]
    James, does arsenal have a chance to win this due to the red card?

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    [Comment from Hampton]
    My home is new to the Saturday morning futbol. Who will explain to my wife after I wake her convulsing over the match?

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    James Tyler: Arsenal attacking: Giroud misses a header in the box. Crowd's truly up for it now.

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    James Tyler: Also noted someone would be sent off in this one. Called that, too.

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    [Comment from Zefa22]
    I feel bad for AVB but not for spurs.

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    [Comment from Dead Jhonny]
    There is the first Red and we are only 19' in, I can see the next one very soon (called three total, I see that wager coming home!)

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    James Tyler: Surely there's something in that wax jacket of his...

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    James Tyler: What does AVB have up his sleeve to combat this?

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    Roger Bennett: Now. Back to those Spurs jerseys...

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    Roger Bennett: *I can see Spurs scoring again here*

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    James Tyler: Cazorla's fine, mind you. Had some magic spray, words of encouragement. Ready to come back on after being clattered by Adebayor.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    <Frantically writes post-game narrative>

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Very dangerous challenge from Adebayor. Deserved red. But, this might spoil what was building into an end-to-end derby.

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    [Comment from AJS from Texas]
    trucked him

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    [Comment from Jason]
    That's a clear red, I think. I thought that live and replays confirm it. Too high and two footed

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    [Comment from Jeff the GFOP]
    Somehow, I don't think Gareth Bale wants any part of Jack Wilshire in a dark alley.

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    Roger Bennett: He gave Webb no chance.

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    Roger Bennett: And the foot was rising as he approached Santi

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    James Tyler: I TOLD YOU ADEBAYOR WOULD BE THE KEY TO THE GAME!

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    James Tyler: RED CARD: Adebayor's off. High boot into Cazorla, two feet off the floor. Webb chucks him.

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    Roger Bennett: Howard Webb got that right sadly. raised the foot.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Emmanuel Adebayor goes all Djibril Cisse.

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    James Tyler: Uh oh... Adebayor in trouble. Lashed out, it seems. Argy-bargy begins in earnest. Crowd demands a red card...

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    Roger Bennett: Wilshere is running round the field as if he hungers for an early bath

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    James Tyler: Moments later, Gallas and Giroud tussle in the box but the Spurs CB wins the day.

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for Arsenal: Good run in midfield by Wilshere, he plays it behind the defense for Walcott to chase in the corner. Overhits it a touch but Theo reaches it and scoops it back into the middle... Giroud couldn't get there.

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    Roger Bennett: Things we will type all day: "Giroud should have headed that"

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    Roger Bennett: Look like a bunch of depressed minstrels out there

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    James Tyler: Lennon tries to scurry past Koscielny on the right but the French defender takes a good angle on the ball and slides it back to Szczesny.

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    Roger Bennett: Is this Spurs Kit the worst in the Premier League this season?

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    James Tyler: Spurs look alarmingly dangerous in the attacking third.

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    James Tyler: Love obscure/specific movie scene references.

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    Roger Bennett: Nick. Chang. Chang only this morning

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Per Mertesacker just hasn't been the same since Russell Crowe killed all of his countrymen in the first scene of Gladiator

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    Roger Bennett: Not sure re Scez. Pushed the ball back into a central area... will not feel good about that one... but this game is all about speed versus old bones...

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Rog, is it sacrilidge if instead of a Boddington's I have a Duvel this morning? Adebayor's driving me to drink, and, like Everton, I prefer Belgians.

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    James Tyler: I'd say they do. It's still early -- 75 mins left -- and they're at home. Giroud's looked better lately. Etc. etc etc

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    [Comment from Vargo]
    James, Arsenal don't have Van Persie this time to will them back into the game. Do they have the mental fortitude to get back in this game?

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    James Tyler: On the goal? Oh, Szcz did wonderfully to keep Defoe's effort at bay. He was unlucky that Adebayor was well-placed to profit.

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    [Comment from Larry]
    Was it a superb initial save, or did Ches have the right angle?

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    James Tyler: Another ghosting run tricks Mertesacker and gives Bale some room to run infield. He drags it wide right for Lennon, who takes a step and fires from 15 yards. It curls agonizingly wide at the last moment. Bale can't believe it.

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    Roger Bennett: 4-4-2 is the future JT

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    James Tyler: So close to number two!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Emmanuel Adebayor in proper "Puck" mode thus far. Always good for his teams when he plays with mischief.

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    James Tyler: The Togo man leaps over the advertising boards, goes to have a nice celebration and is tugged back by Howard Webb. This is just getting warmed up, folks.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    MERTE-esacker.

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    Roger Bennett: Good news for Arsenal fans... You are not going to go 2-0 up in this game

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    James Tyler: Statue time....

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Oh my word and another returning Arsenal man!

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    James Tyler: Told you he'd be important. Bale drifts wide, Defoe spins off Mertesacker to meet a long ball between defenders, his low shot is saved superbly by Szczesny but Adebayor stabs the rebound home at close range.

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    Roger Bennett: Adebayor... scooping finish

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    James Tyler: It's Emmanuel Adebayor!

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    Roger Bennett: LLORIS

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR TOTTENHAM AND THIS ONE COUNTS

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    Roger Bennett: Lloris

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    James Tyler: Aye, it was artful. Not a toe-poke. Curled instep.

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    [Comment from Dago]
    He should get some credit for the non-central defender finish.

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    James Tyler: Set piece cleared, follow-up shot by Huddlestone is blocked in the crowd, falls for Gallas to bend it into the top corner unmarked but he's behind Koscielny. Relax, Gunners fans.

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    Roger Bennett: Gallas. They love that at Arsenal. They'll make a statue of that called "Gallas thinks he scored for Spurs"

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR TOTTENHAM BUT IT'S OFFSIDE.

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    Roger Bennett: I don't recognize Aaron Lennon now his eyebrows have grown back in

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    [Comment from davittski]
    I applaud Theo's Movember efforts

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    James Tyler: Vermaelen concedes a soft free kick in the Arsenal half.

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    James Tyler: If Arsenal looks like a well-oiled orchestra in possession so far, Tottenham's most closely resembled Spinal Tap after an all-nighter.

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    Roger Bennett: Huddlestone looks like a counterfeit Fellaini

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    James Tyler: I know, Rog. What happened? Did they get free croissants on their way in this morning? Something in the air? The gripping thrill of facing Spurs?

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    [Comment from AJS from Texas]
    Woke up at four this morning, ready for soccer!

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    Roger Bennett: Have you ever heard more noise at the Emirates? It is almost atmospheric there

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    James Tyler: Walcott caught offside down the right.

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    [Comment from Marty]
    Sczcesny is has to be getting kittens looking at Bale, Defoe and Adebayor in his first game back.

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    James Tyler: Kyle Naughton with his first test on the left flank. He does well, calmly cutting out a long pass intended for Theo Walcott.

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    Roger Bennett: A note on Clint. Tough start but I believe he has surplus confidence to weather this

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    James Tyler: Definitely a card magnet.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    And by someone, you mean Sandro

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    James Tyler: Arteta dings in the set piece, it's nodded clear.

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    James Tyler: Sandro tempting fate a bit by encroaching on the free kick he just conceded.

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    James Tyler: Wilshere shackled by Sandro again in midfield. Webb issues a warning. Four minutes in. Someone's getting sent off today.

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    James Tyler: Good to hear, Jomentum. I went 12 rounds with a bottle of Blanton's and lost, TKO. But there you go. Good early pace to this game. Emirates crowd alert and in full voice.

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    [Comment from Jomentum]
    Can't believe I made it...I had enough PBR last night to make Sir Ian Darke proud.

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    James Tyler: Sandro with some early work to do. Not the best Brazilian ever created, but a passable holding midfielder. Arsenal enjoying early glut of possession. Walcott's cross is poor, hacked clear by Jan Vertonghen.

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    Roger Bennett: So many players on this field with so much to prove... nerve central.

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    [Comment from Marty]
    Sir Alex will be disappointed Howard Webb isn't starting for the Red Devils today.

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    [Comment from Vargo]
    (- NOT-Gunner fan) I'm ecstatic that Szczesny is back in goal!

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    James Tyler: I've been steadily more impressed with Lukas Podolski in recent weeks. Not his attacking, but his increased comfort at tracking back and helping on defense.

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    [Comment from stu]
    @cj. he is fit. just at the hairdressers mate

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    James Tyler: Teams again if you need 'em...

    ARSENAL: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla; Walcott, Giroud, Podolski.
    Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Santos, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin.

    TOTTENHAM: Lloris; Walker, Vertonghen, Gallas, Naughton; Lennon, Sandro, Huddlestone, Bale; Defoe, Adebayor.
    Subs: Friedel, Dawson, Livermore, Townsend, Carroll, Dempsey, Sigurdsson.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Join @JamesTylerESPN @rogbennett for Arsenal-Tottenham in the #FCBootroom, 7:30 ET tinyurl.com/c633s6j

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    James Tyler: We're off!

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    James Tyler: Howard Webb in charge. My heavens.

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    [Comment from chicagooner]
    Spurs need to harry Arteta and prevent Cazorla from getting on the ball. Also, to attack Vermaelen down the flank, as he has looked anything but convincing at left back. Arsenal simply need to cut out the individual defensive errors, and hope that Giroud's recent run of good form continues

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    James Tyler: Arsenal to score 367-6 declared; Spurs bowled all out for 212.

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    James Tyler: Gunners fans: are you happy that Wojciech Szczesny is back between the posts?

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    Roger Bennett: Score prediction? 7-5 to Arsenal

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    James Tyler: Baffling, innit? His knee injury is clearly not progressing as planned. He was also on Twitter quashing rumors of arguments with Villas-Boas. All very strange.

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    [Comment from CJ]
    There's never any updates on Assou-Ekotto's injury like there are for the other Spurs out of action. He was supposed to be back in training a month ago. What gives?

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    James Tyler: Morning, Mrs. West Hiller. I'm assuming Spurs will finish in the top half. It's a given. So many mediocre teams.

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    [Comment from West Hiller]
    do you think that tottenham will make it in the top half or bottom half? (my mom says to tell you I am 10).

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    James Tyler: KIT CRISIS AVERTED: Arsenal does appear to be in its traditional colours. Phew.

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    James Tyler: Fair points, Rog. AVB is definitely meddling -- Vertonghen finally at CB, RB Naughton shuffled to LB in Assou-Ekotto's absence, no Dembele, etc.

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    James Tyler: Well done, Dane. May it propel your side to a result you're happy with.

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    [Comment from dane]
    sorry about your 2hrs of sleep sir but ive been going on a 5hr drinking spree since i closed the bar i work @ 2am last night cst... COME ON YE GUNNERS

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    Roger Bennett: I feel that Wenger has more players he can trust than AVB does... Spurs will play with speed. Arsenal will play with craft. We know there will be goals. I would be shocked if Arsenal dont win this

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    James Tyler: My son has no idea that I'm stealing the TV back in less than 5 minutes. Bless him. Happily watching his cartoons, oblivious to my plan. Sorry, lad.

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    James Tyler: Rog, your keys to the game? Mine's a simple one: Emmanuel Adebayor. If he's in full-bore Puck mode, irritating the Gunners backline, I reckon Spurs will have much success. If he's stuck in sulky, I-Want-A-Transfer mode a la his final days at City, he'll be the iceberg that sinks his own ship.

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    [Comment from Chevy14Man]
    My Spurs are all injured and Arsenal really aren't all that good. 2-2 draw here.

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    James Tyler: You can still submit questions for Darke & Macca, the Tango & Cash of the commentary booth. Use #FCBootroom on Twitter to get your queries spotted.

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    [Comment from Peter]
    Up at 4:30am in California to watch. Sport of the future, Mr. Bennett! Sport of the future.

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    James Tyler: Surely you'd love a 4-0 victory more?

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    [Comment from Zefa22]
    Oh the highlights of last season's victory. Surely something similar. Would love a 4-3 victory for Arsenal.

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    James Tyler: I know, Troy. Tottenham hath failed you.

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    Roger Bennett: A video to get you in the mood for this fixture:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOqdBBwbwxE

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    [Comment from Troy]
    Very disappointed to wake up this morning and NOT see Deuce in the starting lineup

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    James Tyler: Nevermind that they've had just one good result since Luka Modric's replacement, Mousa Dembele, got injured. It won't matter.

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    Roger Bennett: I interviewed the great Hunter Davies ahead of this game. Huge Spurs fan. He dismissed Gareth Bale as being "fast yet simpleminded"

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    James Tyler: 2-1 Spurs. It's time. Having knocked off Man United at Old Trafford, this ragtag mob led by an odious egotist pull an Ocean's Eleven at the Emirates.

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    Roger Bennett: I love the North London Derby. Few Premier League fans take such delight in their opponent's misery. One of the teams will be in real pain in 90 minutes time.

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    James Tyler: PREDICTIONS: Typically feisty affair, one I think Tottenham steals late. Just a hunch. Gunner malaise gets deeper than the Mariana Trench.

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    James Tyler: Lost a bet? Laundry accident? Not sure.

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    [Comment from Zefa22]
    Why isn't Arsenal wearing their home kit? Someone please tell me.

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    [Comment from chicagooner]
    Some eggs Bennett-dict perhaps? ... I'll get my coat

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    James Tyler: Louder, please. I don't wish to hear the Grim Reaper approaching. Ugh.

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    [Comment from Wu]
    LOUD NOISES

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    James Tyler: I thought such things were outlawed. At least when it comes to pseudo-prodigal continental managers with a good taste in fashion and questionable taste in facial hair.

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    James Tyler: AVB's using a 4-4-2! Honest!

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    James Tyler: TOTTENHAM: Lloris; Walker, Vertonghen, Gallas, Naughton; Lennon, Sandro, Huddlestone, Bale; Defoe, Adebayor.
    Subs: Friedel, Dawson, Livermore, Townsend, Carroll, Dempsey, Sigurdsson.

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    Roger Bennett: Great Tweet: @JLunaSF @ESPNFC Lloris? No Dempsey? Why am I up at 4am? @MenInBlazers @embassydavies @rogbennett

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    Roger Bennett: Make us some eggs would you, love?

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Rog. I've a dumpster full of black coffee, too. Should help.

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    James Tyler: ARSENAL: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla; Walcott, Giroud, Podolski.
    Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Santos, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin.

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    Roger Bennett: Dressing Gowns on JT

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    James Tyler: No beating 'round bush, here are your XIs:

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    James Tyler: I'm running on barely 2 hours of sleep, surely the perfectly fevered state in which to enjoy the North London Derby.

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    James Tyler: Morning all!

 
COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Arsenal

  • 13(7)

  • 15

  • 13

  • 66%

    34%

  • Tottenham Hotspur

  • 7(3)

  • 18

  • 13

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up
POS No Name

G

25 Hugo Lloris

D

5 Jan Vertonghen

D

13 William Gallas

D

16 Kyle Naughton
D
20 Michael Dawson

D

28 Kyle Walker
M
2 Clint Dempsey

M

6 Tom Huddlestone
M
46 Thomas Carroll

M

7 Aaron Lennon

M

11 Gareth Bale

M

30 Sandro

F

10 Emmanuel Adebayor

F

18 Jermain Defoe
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 24 Brad Friedel
D 20 Michael Dawson
M 2 Clint Dempsey
M 22 Gylfi Sigurdsson
M 29 Jake Livermore
M 46 Thomas Carroll
F 31 Andros Townsend

Match Stats

  • Arsenal
  • Tottenham Hotspur
13(7) Shots (on goal) 7(3)
13 Fouls 13
6 Corner kicks 6
4 Offsides 2
66% Time of Possession 34%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 1
1 Saves 2