Tottenham Hostpur 3-3 Arsenal

 
                                                                                                        Van der Vaart 7, 70 (pen)        Walcott 5

                                                                                                                       Huddlestone 44         Nasri 12

                                                                                                                                                        Van Persie 40

 

The spoils were shared in this thrilling North London derby at White Hart Lane, a result which put a dent in Arsenal’s EPL title hopes and Tottenham’s Champions League qualification dreams.

 

Arsenal led 3-1 five minutes before half-time. But Spurs pulled a goal back just before half-time and made their second-half pressure count when they equalised from the penalty spot.

 

The Gunners took the lead in the fifth minute when Cesc Fabregas sent Theo Walcott speeding clear of Spurs’ defence to roll the ball left-footed past keeper Heurelho Gomes.

 

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Spurs levelled two minutes later, Rafael Van der Vaart converting Verdan Corluka’s pass with his right-foot.

 

Within another five minutes, however, Arsenal were ahead again, Samir Nasri firing home a deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area.

 

They looked set for victory on 40 minutes when Robin Van Persie slammed the rebound into the roof of the net after Gomes had saved his close-range header.

 

However, Tom Huddlestone fired a left-foot drive past unsighted Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny from 25 yards, a minute before the break.

 

An end-to-end second half ensued. But Spurs were worth their 70th-minute equaliser, Van der Vaart dispatching his penalty after Szczesny upended Aaron Lennon.




Tags: Arsenal, Tottenham, Theo Walcott, Rafael Van der Vaart, Samir Nasri, Robin Van Persie, Tom Huddlestone

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