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2 October 2011
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 36274
R. van der Vaart 40'
K. Walker 73'
A. Ramsey 51'
90' + 5'
Wayne Veysey from White Hart Lane: "Tempers boiled over on the touchline after Spurs secured a thoroughly deserved win against their bitter rivals. After Wenger shook hands with Harry Redknapp, he then ignored the hand offered by Spurs coach Clive Allen, which led to an exchange of words between the pair. Allen, seemingly offended that Wenger was unwilling to press the flesh with every member of the Tottenham backroom team, appeared to direct an insult at Wenger, who then remonstrated with the former SPurs striker, before beiing ushered down the tunnel."
90' + 5'
FULL TIME! A Kyle Walker thunderbolt seals it for Spurs after an entertaining North London derby sees Arsenal's poor start to the Premier League continue. Arsenal did not looking puncturing Spurs' back line after going behind and Harry Redknapp's side's charge to get back into Europe's elite is progressing nicely.
90' + 5'
Szczesny is up for the corner in the dying seconds but Tottenham get it away well through Kaboul.
90' + 4'
Mertesacker has moved to centre forward now for Arsenal in a desperate attempt to forge a successful attack in the final minutes.
90' + 1'
A huge sigh goes up from the Spurs fans as five minutes added time are indicated.
Harry Redknapp looks to kill the game off by introducing Vedran Corluka for Scott Parker.
Modric produces a piece of genius to elude the Arsenal defenders but can only smash into the side netting.
Defoe again goes close. The striker runs the channels well and though at a tight angle tries a cheeky chip over Szczesny which drifts past the far post.
Defoe almost gets the chance to seal it but Mertesacker's intelligent interception prevents Bale's cross getting to the forward.
Emmanuel Adebayor won't be continuing his scoring run in the North London derby today as he is replaced by Jake Livermore. Harry Redknapp looking to solidify the Spurs defensive line by adding another midfielder.
The diminutive striker almost gets a chance to atone but his powerful shot is saved by Szczesny after a Gareth Bale run on the left found him in space.
Spurs have the opportunity to break 3 v 2 but Jermain Defoe slips at the vital moment trying to cut in from the left and surrenders the ball to Arsenal.
Adebayor out-muscles Alex Song in the box to get a shot off but is adjudged to have impeded the Cameroonian. Free kick.
Song finds Benayoun in front of the Spurs back four but the Israeli international cannot get his shot back across goal beyond the onrushing defenders.
Wayne Veysey from White Hart Lane: "Arsenal No2 Pat Rice urged substitute Yossi Benayoun to help the team maintain possession down on the touchline shortly before the Israeli's introduction. But no amount of verbal guidance can prevent the sort of lapse from the hitherto outstanding Szczesny to allow Walker's hopeful long-range shot to bypass him. The home fans are in full voice now as Wenger prepares to bring on his third substitute, Arshavin, in the hope of an equaliser."
Arsene Wenger sends on Andrei Arshavin for Gervinho in the search for an equaliser.
Ledley King does well to head away an inswinging Arsenal free kick from a dangerous position. Can the Gunners get back into this?
Yellow CardScott Parker
So close! Gareth Bale almost capitalises on Mertesacker's inexplicable decision to let the ball bounce but can only side foot it wide when alone with the keeper.
GOAL! Luka Modric looks to have worked space only to see his shot blocked but running straight onto the deflection is Kyle Walker who takes one touch and smashes it past Szczesny into the bottom corner. The keeper got a touch but couldn't keep out the youngster's powerful (and rather ambitious) effort.
Theo Walcott will not be the man to protect that side as experienced midfielder Yossi Benayoun takes his place.
Jenkinson's first contribution is to marshal Jermain Defoe out of play well. It is the challenge of Gareth Bale's attacks that may mean he needs the protection of Theo Walcott on the right hand side.
Bacary Sagna is unable to continue and is replaced by Carl Jenkinson. The young defender thrown into difficult circumstances here in the North London derby, can he show a cool head?
Kieran Gibbs shows a little too much of his youthful exuberance in bringing down Luka Modric but escapes a caution.
Bacary Sagna challenges Assou-Ekotto in the air on the Arsenal right and appears to have badly twisted his ankle. The right-back was signalling for a substitution as soon as he crashed down towards the advertising hoardings.
Rafael van der Vaart
Kaboul charges out of the Spurs defence brilliantly and exchanges with Adebayor to run into the box but Mertesacker ends his rampage upfield with a measured tackle to concede a corner which Arsenal just about clear.
Goalscorer Van der Vaart is replaced by Sandro after the Dutchman appeared to have been limping through the last ten minutes.
Arsenal do well to work Walcott into space on the left but his inswinging cross is high and aimless giving the sole Gunners man in the box, Robin Van Persie, no chance to make contact.
Possession yo-yoing between the two sides now as Scott Parker drives an uncharacteristically loose pass out of play trying to find the run of Luka Modric.
Modric wastes a promising free kick as he smashes it straight into Francis Coquelin in the Arsenal wall.
And Spurs could have been protecting a lead as Szczesny does brilliantly to deny Adebayor one-on-one after an eye-of-a-needle pass from Rafael Van der Vaart.
Aaron Ramsey has an opportunity one on one but is flagged offside to the relief of the Spurs fans. Harry Redknapp looking to introduce Sandro shortly to shore up an open midfield.
Arsenal's high back line does its job as Adebayor is caught offside and at the other end Kaboul is forced into a slide tackle in the box to scramble the ball away. Thoroughly entertaining stuff here at the Lane.
Arsenal getting a reward for their contribution to the match so far but you feel that the goalscoring isn't yet done. Neither set of fans will want to share the bragging rights on North London and both sides are set up in an equally attacking fashion.
GOAL! Aaron Ramsey makes up for his wastefulness and gets Arsenal back in it! Song charges down the left after collecting a loose ball and Van der Vaart does little to close him down allowing the Cameroonian to slide it across the box and into the path of Ramsey who smashes it into the roof of the net. Game on.
Arsenal work the ball into the Spurs box brilliantly but Ramsey is on his heels and cannot control Van Persie's return pass. Chance wasted.
Bale causing havoc again as he slaloms into space on the left and lets fly just over Szczesny's crossbar.
Ledley King looked poised to head the ball in from the corner but Arsenal saved by Alex Song's defensive awareness as the makeshift centre back clears.
Spurs have the ball but are patient in stroking it around until Bale is stopped by Sagna in the Arsenal box. Corner to the hosts.
A slight delay in getting proceedings under way there after a Spurs groundsman was called in to fix an issue with the netting behind Friedel's goal. The keeper will be hoping he won't be needing it this half.
Arsenal restart the game and will hope to go one further and capitalise on any pressure they build this half. Big half for Arsene Wenger's men.
45' + 3'
Wayne Veysey from White Hart Lane: "There is warm applause from the home fans as the two teams head down the tunnel in glorious sunshine. Spurs are good value for their lead but Arsenal have given a good account of themselves in midfield, although they have lacked the creativity of former seasons. Wenger was furious with referee Mike Dean for allowing van der Vaart's goal but shied away from confronting the official as their two paths almost collided by the touchline."
45' + 3'
HALF TIME! An impressive first-half Arsenal performance destroyed by a slightly dubious Van Der Vaart goal just before half-time here at White Hart Lane. The Dutchman may well have handled in taking his chance but Arsenal will rue not making the most of their own opportunities.
45' + 2'
Song given the freedom of White Hart Lane to charge from centre half but his through ball to Van Persie is way over-hit and Friedel watches it roll out for a goalkick.
Wayne Veysey from White Hart Lane: "If there was a roof at White Hart Lane, it would have been lifted into the north London sky, such was the eruption of noise following van der Vaart's well executed goal. It has finally broken the deadlock here after the two teams had swapped chances during a lively opening period. The Arsenal bench in front is us here are unhappy about the goal, as they believe than the Dutchman used his arm to control Adebayor's cross."
Arsene Wenger will be upset that his side couldn't make it to half-time level after having the best of the first half. A big task faces the Frenchman in stopping this rampant Spurs attack and silencing the vociferous crowd.
Arsenal incensed as there is a suggestion that Van der Vaart may have controlled the ball with his arm in scoring that goal. Regardless of that, Tottenham have been lifted by the strike as Gareth Bale slams an effort wide from distance to a chorus of "ooh"s.
GoalRafael van der Vaart
GOAL! They've been under the cosh in the past few minutes, but they've done what Arsenal couldn't. Emmanuel Adebayor finds space on the right and brilliantly lofts it into Van der Vaart's path in the box on the left. The Dutchman controls on his chest and eases it back across goal brilliantly to give Spurs the lead. White Hart Lane rocking.
Arsenal gaining a real foothold in the last 5 minutes. They haven't been as mean in possession as one might expect but Spurs are proving more than willing to gift it back.
Arsenal keep the ball patiently and look to be in after Gervinho finds Ramsey in the box but the Welshman is wasteful in opting to try and play one more pass and gives the ball back to Spurs.
Gervinho has the opportunity to run at the Spurs back four and finds Walcott on the right who cuts in to smash a left footed strike over the bar. Not a bad effort from the England man but both sides will have to show more composure to break the deadlock.
Van der Vaart's free-kick is blocked by the wall and Spurs cannot get another useful delivery in surrendering possession.
Yellow CardPer Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker goes into the book after bringing down an onrushing Jermain Defoe at the edge of the area.
Spurs waste another corner as it sails beyond the far post out for an Arsenal throw-in. Both sides yet to register a goal but what an exciting start it has been to this North London derby.
Should have been 1-0.....again! Robin Van Persie beats Kaboul on the Arsenal left hand side and pulls back to Gervinho who has time, space, but not the composure and side foots wide from 10 yards out.
Should have been 1-0! Jermain Defoe pulls out wide and hits a teasing low cross into the box which Van der Vaart nonchalantly attempts to flick past Szczesny but the Polish stopper is equal to it.
Yellow CardRafael van der Vaart
Arsenal's defensive worries looking like a thing of the past as they repel Spurs' crosses with consummate ease. Rafael VDV lets out his frustration at this state of affairs by going in late on Kieran Gibbs as the youngster cleared.
A short break in play as Kyle Walker is down and being treated by the Spurs physio team. The defender had a clash of heads with Robin Van Persie and should be okay to continue.
Walcott makes Friedel think as he runs to the edge of the 18 yard box and lets a low, bouncing shot fly which is well held by the American keeper.
Somewhat ambitious from Mikel Arteta as he chooses to shoot from the free-kick which is at a very tight angle and strikes it way over the bar. Chance wasted for the Gunners.
Ramsey plays a fantastic cross-field punt toward Van Persie, the Dutchman is dragged slightly wide but ghosts past Kaboul with ease forcing the Egyptian defender to bring him down for a dangerous free kick.
Wayne Veysey from White Hart Lane: "The Arsenal fans, whose passion and noisy support on the road is in stark contrast to the corporate calmness of Emirates Stadium, are in good voice here as their team start to get a foothold in the match following a nervy start. Walcott went inches wide with a left-footed chance but the best opportunities have fallen to Parker and van der Vaart, who both wasted them with unconvincing finishes."
Gervinho glides through toward the Spurs defence but is unable to find Theo Walcott's run inside the box.
Gareth Bale leaves his Wales team mate Aaron Ramsey eating dust but his ball into the box can only be diverted over the bar by Van der Vaart.
Three corners in a row for Arsenal and the Spurs defence remains resolute as Aaron Ramsey's header is kept out by Gareth Bale.
Theo Walcott grabs a loose ball in the box after Sagna's shot but his left foot effort is deflected and creeps just wide of the far post for a corner.
Van der Vaart's loose pass finds Arsenal's Song but the Cameroonian is not ready and hits it straight back to the Spurs man. He attempts to release Adebayor over the top with his second attempt but the striker is yards offside and the chance is wasted.
Kaboul steals the ball from Van Persie and releases Modric who appears to be clipped as he pokes the ball away from the Arsenal defence. Nothing given by the referee and Arsenal have fortunate throw-in.
An Arteta free-kick is flicked on by Van Persie in the box but it is too square and the Dutchman can't do much more than push the ball wide.
Kieran Gibbs does brilliantly to dispossess Walker after the young full-back looked to utilise his pace on the right hand side.
End to end stuff here as an Arsenal counter attack is wasted by a poor Walcott cross. Exciting start from two attractive footballing sides.
Two great chances for the hosts. Adebayor gets away from Gibbs well in the box but is dispossessed in attempting to pull the ball back. Moments later Arsenal gift the ball back to Spurs but are reprieved by Szczesny's reaction save from a Scott Parker one-on-one.
Arsenal enjoying a spell of possession until Sagna's cross is easily collected by Friedel. Encouraging for the visitors.
Van der Vaart's inswinging free kick is dangerous but Adebayor does little to get on the end of it as it skids past the far post.
Song concedes a foul for quite literally piggybacking Emmanuel Adebayor in the Arsenal half. You can imagine the former Gunners forward is going to get a lot of attention today.
Spurs earn an early corner as Walker's endeavour to beat full-back Gibbs is rewarded. The corner is defended well by Arsenal and Defoe heads the second ball over Szczesny's bar.
A poor Assou-Ekotto touch almost allows Walcott to exchange with Van Persie and break into the box but the Dutchman's pass is behind the winger and Spurs get the ball back.
Wayne Veysey from White Hart Lane: "I have been coming to White Hart Lane for the best part of a decade to north London derbies but I have never known it to be louder and more highly charged than today. There is a real sense of expectation from the home supporters about taking over Arsenal's mantle as the most competitive team in these parts, while the away fans are roaring their support of a club who have suffered such a wretched few months."
Adebayor and Defoe get the game under way for Tottenham.
The players ready to walk out now at White Hart Lane this really does not look like an October fixture as the sun beats down on London.
The atmosphere really hotting up now as the Spurs faithful give their North London counterparts an impressively slow and measured rendition of 'Oh When The Spurs...'
Emmanuel Adebayor's remarkable scoring record in this fixture will have Arsene Wenger hoping the striker does not return to haunt him today. Given his impressive form since joining Spurs, he leads today's betting odds for goalscorers and rightly so.
Spurs have the good fortune to be able to put out what is arguably their strongest lineup as Adebayor and Defoe partner each other in a formidable attack. Three goals in 5 second half minutes helped to spare Spurs' blushes against Shamrock Rovers on Thursday but they will certainly face a different prospect today should they go behind to their bitter North London rivals.
Something of a surprise choice from Arsene Wenger as youngster Francis Coquelin starts in midfield ahead of the slightly more tested Frimpong. Robin van Persie returns to the starting lineup after featuring from the bench in the Champions League midweek and he is joined by fit-again pair Gervinho and Walcott in the Arsenal front three.
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Song, Gibbs; Coquelin, Arteta, Ramsey; Walcott, Gervinho, Van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Andre Santos, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Arshavin, Benayoun, Park.
Spurs: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Van der Vaart, Parker, Modric, Bale; Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Corluka, Livermore, Sandro, Giovani, Pavlyuchenko.
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