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  • October 2, 2011
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 36274
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  • 90' + 5'
    For everyone at Goal.com, I'm signing off. Good day, Godspeed and Golden Balls!
  • 90' + 5'
    That'll do it for me, Goal.com's Shane Evans. Follow me on Twitter for more of the same fun stuff @shanevans and @GoalUSA, also.
  • 90' + 5'
    And Mike Dean blows the whistle! There it is. Game over, folks. Spurs 2-1 Arsenal. Tough times continue for Wenger and company.
  • 90' + 5'
    Comes to nothing though and is cleared.
  • 90' + 5'
    Corner now for Arsenal...
  • 90' + 4'
    Two minutes to go here at White Hart Lane...
  • 90' + 2'
    Assou-Ekotto pushes down the left and plays into the box. Cleared away nicely by Coquelin for a corner.
  • 90' + 1'
    Five minutes of stoppage time to come.
  • 90'
    SubstitutionScott Parker Vedran Corluka
  • 90'
    Spurs take off Parker after a great 90 minutes. Corluka comes in.
  • 89'
    Sandro forces a big turnover from the Gunners deep in their half. Good chasing down by the Brazilian.
  • 88'
    Arsenal nearly slips through but King is up to the task and clears.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionEmmanuel Adebayor Jake Livermore
  • 85'
    Into the last five minutes of the match here. Can Arsenal get an equalizer?
  • 83'
    There was soon a chance for Spurs though as Bale hits Defoe in the middle of the area who forces a wonderful diving save from Szczesny.
  • 83'
    The ball is going all over the pitch right now. Spurs break through King and Adebayor but Arsenal hit back the other end. No real chances though.
  • 80'
    Benayoun snatches a pass from his own player and curls into the box. Fires a shot that is blocked and then sees it picked up by Friedel.
  • 79'
    Arsenal keeping the pressure up and pushing for the equalizer. Up to now, Spurs defending well.
  • 78'
    Spurs definitely have some defending still to do. Lots of time left.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionGervinho Andrey Arshavin
  • 77'
    Here comes the little Russian!
  • 76'
    A few moments later, Bale has a chance to put it away. A bouncing ball falls to ball over the centerbacks and the Welsh midfielder just slides it wide of the post first time. Should have done better really.
  • 75'
    Yellow Card Scott Parker
  • 73'
    Goal Kyle Walker
  • 73'
    GOL! GOL! GOL! GOL! 2-1! Out of absolutely nowhere, Walker has a go from about 28 yards and the ball swerves and is played with a ton of power and beats Szczesny at the far post. We have a ballgame.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionTheo Walcott Yossi Benayoun
  • 72'
    Benayoun comes in for Walcott.
  • 70'
    Ramsey tries to burst forward but after a few neat touches is dispossessed. Back and forth we go.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionBacary Sagna Carl Jenkinson
  • 68'
    Sagna goes off with Jenkinson coming on to replace the Frenchman.
  • 66'
    Ruh-roh. Sagna down in some major pain after a bump from Assou-Ekotto on the touchline. Stretcher out immediately.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionRafael van der Vaart Sandro
  • 64'
    Kaboul breaks down the right, beats a number of Arsenal midfielders and then sees the ball tackled away marvelously by Mertesacker.
  • 63'
    It'll be Sandro for Van der Vaart.
  • 63'
    Spurs catch a breathe and have the ball in Arsenal's end for a few minutes. Changes coming...
  • 62'
    England manager Fabio Capello on hand checking out his internationals.
  • 57'
    Things looking all Arsenal and then Spurs break, ends with Adebayor in alone on Szczesny and he puts a low hard shot right at the keeper's arm. Great save. Should have been 2-1.
  • 57'
    Spurs can barely get forward now as Arsenal is controlling the ball at every area.
  • 54'
    Arsenal playing well after the goal and have Spurs hemmed in. Good start to the second by the club.
  • 52'
    GOAL! Arsenal keep the pressure up and Song darts into the area and feeds Ramsey who taps in to give the Gooners a goal in this one. All tied at 1-1.
  • 51'
    Assist Alex Song
  • 51'
    Goal Aaron Ramsey
  • 51'
    Gervinho gets a bit creative in the middle and wins a corner. Arsenal go short with it and end up playing it out of the area.
  • 49'
    Bale works in and out and in on the left and then fires one hard on net. Just a whisker over the bar.
  • 47'
    Spurs start out on the front foot and work a nice move into the area. Sagna clears from Bale and Spurs win a corner.
  • 46'
    Arsenal with the tap and we're underway in the second half...
  • Arsenal back on the pitch for the second half. Spurs soon to follow.
  • 45' + 3'
    Spurs with one last push before the whistle but can't get it together quick enough. Teams go into the changing rooms with the score Spurs 1-0 Arsenal. Tea time!
  • 45' + 1'
    We'll have three minutes of stoppages to come.
  • 45'
    Walcott receives inside the box. Turns and shoots but it is a dainty effort and Friedel saves.
  • 44'
    Arsenal can barely keep the ball right now. Rattled.
  • 42'
    Spurs have their tails up now, folks. Want another before the break.
  • 41'
    GOOD THING I SAID THAT! Spurs with the breakthrough! Defoe to Adebayor, who then expertly flicks it over the top to VDV. The midfielder takes it on his left and fires across goal on the half volley into Arsenal's net. 1-0 Spurs!
  • 40'
    Assist Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 40'
    Goal Rafael van der Vaart
  • 40'
    Adebayor loses a shoe. That's as much as we've got.
  • 36'
    Despite the Walcott chance, things have slowed as the first half enters its closing stages. Not the best, but not the worst period of football I've seen.
  • 34'
    The Gunners with a quick break: Gervinho through the middle, passes to Walcott on the right who cuts inside quickly and fires a shot first time that goes over the bar.
  • 33'
    The free kick...in a good area, gets blocked by the wall and Arsenal regain possession.
  • 32'
    Yellow Card Per Mertesacker
  • 32'
    Arsenal go into the book now as Mertesacker puts in a late foot on Defoe who beat him to the ball.
  • 29'
    Best chance of the game. RVP down the left, beats Kaboul down the byline plays it back into the box magically and Gervinho plays the ball wide from about 10 yards. On a plate.
  • 28'
    Soon thereafter, Defoe gets down the right and fires a quick one into VDV at the near post and flicks it right into Szczesny.
  • 27'
    Yellow Card Rafael van der Vaart
  • 27'
    VDV goes in the book as Gibbs does his best acrobat impression and flies over him after a bit of a late challenge by the Dutchman.
  • 25'
    Walker gets a knock on the noggin and is down for a little bit.
  • 24'
    Walcott has a pop from 35 yards and Friedel collects calmly...with a smile on his face. Easy peasy.
  • 22'
    Ramsey makes up for his prior giveaways and plays Van Persie in over the top. Kaboul takes him down just outside the box and Arsenal win a free kick.
  • 21'
    Gervinho gets himself into the action but Walker does well to take it and clear. Nice on ya, son.
  • 19'
    After a turnover at the halfway line, by Ramsey again, Bale streaks up the left and plays the ball hard and fast into the middle to VDV who does very well to get a shot on goal. Goes just over though.
  • 17'
    The corner goes to the near post and Ramsey flicks across goal and sees it go behind for another corner. Good pressure by the Gunners here.
  • 15'
    Arsenal work it up the pitch through Sagna who has a shot blocked from the right. It goes right to Walcott who tries to curl it in and has it chipped behind for a corner.
  • 13'
    Lots of back and forth stuff at the moment. Teams are going long but not really making much of their opportunities.
  • 10'
    Bit of a nasty tackle on Arteta by Parker who stamps on the Spaniard. No card just yet though.
  • 9'
    Spurs doing a nice job of controlling possession now, controlling the flow.
  • 7'
    Quickly down the other end, Spurs apply plenty of pressure to the Gunners and force a turn over outside the area. Parker rushes into the box on the angle and fires a shot that Szczesny saves well.
  • 6'
    Arsenal play a few passes around the area and get a cross in but can't get anyone in front.
  • 3'
    Corner goes in from Van der Vaart and is cleared away. Good early pressure from Spurs.
  • 3'
    Nice little 28-on-28 down the right as Walker takes on Gibbs and wins a corner ya know.
  • 1'
    Quickly off of some sloppy passing from Ramsey, Spurs break and nearly get Modric in on goal but the Croatian is offsides.
  • 1'
    Arsenal with the first look in through Walcott down the right. Put in a lame cross and gets it blocked away.
  • 1'
    Hereeee we gooo!
  • Who does everyone think will take this match? Probably the closest the rivalry has been in the last few years...
  • Teams have just come out of the tunnel and are warming up on the pitch. Nearly ready for kick-off!
  • Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Song, Gibbs; Arteta, Coquelin, Ramsey; Walcott, Van Persie, Gervinho. Subs: Fabianski, Andre Santos, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Arshavin, Benayoun, Park.
  • Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Van der Vaart, Parker, Modric, Bale; Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Corluka, Livermore, Sandro, Giovani, Pavlyuchenko.
  • Hello everyone! Goal.com's Shane Evans (@shanevans) here with you for Goal.com's LIVE commentary of the North London Derby between Tottenham and Arsenal. Here come your lineups...