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February 26, 2012
• Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 60106
B. Sagna 40'
R. van Persie 43'
T. Rosický 51'
T. Walcott 65', 68'
L. Saha 4'
E. Adebayor 34'
It's all over! Spurs have been well beaten today after being 2-0 in the lead. A remarkable day for the hosts. An incredible comeback. For Spurs it's been a terrible day all-round. Manchester United have won in today's other early kick-off with a late goal, and Scott Parker is suspended for next week's crunch game against the champions. A very bad day at the office for Harry Redknapp.
90' + 1'
Arsenal fans are now taunting Spurs' striker with a chorus of 'Adebayor, what's the score?' The hosts have just kept hold of the ball in the past 15 minutes. Spurs haven't really been in the game since they conceded the first five minutes before half time.
Arsenal are just counting the clock down at the moment. Until Sagna decides to have a go from 35 yards. His shot flies miles over, though.
RED CARD! Scott Parker is sent off! He's picked up his second yellow card for a poorly timed challenge on Thomas Vermaelen. And the worse news for Spurs fans is that he will miss next week's game at home to Manchester United, a huge loss for them.
Kyle Walker surges down the right flank and plays a great ball into the box but Adebayor just can't get on the end of it.
Van Persie holds off about four challenges from Spurs players and keeps the ball. He has been great today.
Theo Walcott is replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It's been some turn around for Walcott. He wasn't playing well in the first half, but has really turned the game around in the second half with two lovely finishes.
Arsenal almost in again but Van Persie can't get the ball under control.
Yellow CardRobin van Persie
Remarkable game of football. Spurs have conceded five goals in 28 minutes of football. Carl Jenkinson is on for Gibbs.
Spurs have a corner now, but it's cleared to Modric. Sandro has a shot that's deflected but well held by Szczesny.
GOAL! Theo Walcott has grabbed two goals in three minutes. Alex Song passes into Walcott, and Kaboul tries to play him offside but gets it badly wrong. Walcott is through on goal and slides it into the far corner. An unbelievable turn around for both Arsenal and Walcott, who wasn't having the best of games in the first half.
AssistRobin van Persie
GOAL! Theo Walcott makes it 4-2! It's a brilliant counter attack! Benayoun sends Van Persie through. He's up against King and Kaboul but manages to keep hold of the ball. Assou-Ekotto is nowhere to be seen, and Walcott rampages down the wing to get onto Van Persie's pass and dink the ball over Friedel and into the net!
Arteta smashes a free-kick that looks to be going wide, but Ledley King gets his head to it to divert it wide.
Sandro has put himself about a bit since coming on, and is now booked for a tackle on Van Persie.
Walcott goes very close. He's put through down the right and his shot drags just wide of the far post, inches in it.
Parker plays through Van der Vaart but the Dutchman is offside. He would have found Adebayor in the centre there for an equaliser, but he was offside.
GOAL! Arsenal are 3-2 up! Rosicky pokes home after a great move from the Gunners. An overlap from Sagna and Rosicky gets to the ball at the near post to chip it in at the near post. A brilliant touch!
Benayoun is in acres of space in the Spurs area, and his placed shot is phenomenally tipped wide by Friedel. The Spurs keeper is really making some good stops today.
Rafael van der Vaart
Rafael van der Vaart and Sandro are entering the fray for Spurs at half-time, with Louis Saha and Niko Krancjar being replaced. Arsenal get us back underway.
What a first half that was! It's 2-2 at the break, and it's all about Robin van Persie as we go into the break. What a goal from probably the best player of the season. It has been a brilliant 45 minutes of football, and I have to say I'm very happy there is another 45 to come.
GoalRobin van Persie
GOAL! It's 2-2! Van Persie gets Arsenal level! Again Spurs fail to clear the ball with Assou Egotto the guilty party. The Dutch striker shifts onto his left foot and despite Parker's despairing dive, he can't block the shot that curls right into the far corner. What a period of play from Arsenal!
Yellow CardMikel Arteta
GOAL! Van Persie hits the post on the turn after a great ball from Walcott. Spurs don't clear the ball, and Arteta crosses in for Bacary Sagna to head the ball home!
Walcott heads clear of the last defender and looks to be in, he passes to Van Persie and the Dutchman loses it. Spurs go up the other end and Bale forces a save from Szczesny. End to end stuff.
Penalty GoalEmmanuel Adebayor
GOAL! Adebayor scores from the spot! Szczesny goes the right way but can't get to it, it really is a good penalty, right in the corner.
PENALTY TO SPURS! It's a fantastic ball from Modric to send Bale through, and he nudges the ball past Szczesny and goes down. It initially looks like there is contact, but on second viewing the winger definitely hangs a leg out to buy the penalty.
Yellow CardLaurent Koscielny
From the free-kick Arteta rolls it to Van Persie and hits it but they've given Parker enough time to charge it down, and Modric then clears with an overhead kick. Koscielny is booked for bundling into Assou-Ekotto. It's a frantic game.
Yellow CardLuka Modric
Yellow CardScott Parker
Scott Parker is booked for a challenge on Van Persie. He'll have to tread carefully from now on. He did get the ball, but he caught Van Persie with the follow through. Modric also picks up a booking for something he said, it looks like.
Spurs almost make it two on the counter. Saha finds Adebayor, who muscles off Gibbs but can't quite poke his effort past Szczesny. The rebound comes to Walker, who absolutely blasts a shot towards goal, but it hits the side netting. Would have been an astounding goal.
Rosicky has a near post header from the resulting corner and draws a fantastic reaction save from Brad Friedel, tipping the ball over the bar brilliantly.
Van Persie comes close. He rolls Scott Parker from a throw in and volleys goalwards, but it is deflected into the side netting.
A misplaced pass draws some groans from the home fans. Spurs break and Bale's cross is headed goalwards by Niko Krancjar, but his effort lands on the roof of the net.
How has that not gone in? Sagna puts in a cross that falls to Robin van Persie, and the Dutch striker turns and hits it - blocked. It falls back to him and on his weaker right foot he volleys it towards the corner, it nutmegs a sliding in Kyle Walker and goes inches wide. Incredible.
Spurs come close there. They get a free-kick for a foul on Gareth Bale by Bacary Sagna, and Luka Modric whips in a high free-kick that Szczesny seems to suffer with, and it isn't properly cleared.
Another penalty shout from the Arsenal fans, claiming the ball hit Scott Parker's arm, but it was clearly his midriff. Good response from Arsenal since going 1-0 down though.
Penalty shout for Arsenal, but nothing doing for Mike Dean. Keiran Gibbs goes down under a challenge, but there isn't much contact and would have been very soft.
GOAL! Louis Saha has opened the scoring for Tottenham! Referee Mike Dean deserves some credit there. He could have given Spurs a free-kick for offside, but lets it go and Spurs break to the other end. Some untidy defending leaves Saha one-on-one with Vermaelen on the edge of the box, and the striker's shot deflects off the defender and in over Szczesny, a dream start for the visitors!
Spurs have started brightly. They're looking in long to Louis Saha whenever possible, and popping the ball around nicely at the moment.
And Spurs get us underway.
The teams are on their way out, and they are greeted by a huge roar from both sets of fans, and a very large boo for Emmanuel Adebayor from the home fans as he came out of the tunnel last.
Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! minute-by-minute coverage of Arsenal v Tottenham. It's a huge game today, with Spurs looking to stay in the title race against their biggest rivals, and Arsenal looking to regain the bragging rights of north London.
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