Sunday 17 November 2013
Arsenal hit back from a goal down to beat their north London rivals 5-2 in the Barclays Premier League at the Emirates Stadium for the second time in nine months.
Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor gave Spurs an early lead when he slotted home a rebound after Wojciech Szczesny had blocked aJermain Defoe's shot. But eight minutes later the Togolese forward was sent off for a rash challenge on Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal quickly upped a gear and Per Mertesacker equalised with a header from a right-wing cross by Theo Walcott. By the interval the Gunners led 3-1 with Lukas Podolski’s shot going in off William Gallas and Oliver Giroud turning in Cazorla’s centre.
Cazorla made it 4-1 on the hour when he tucked in Podolski’s left-wing cross and although Gareth Bale pulled one back with a shot into the bottom corner, Walcott confirmed the result by converting substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 90th minute pass.
The final scoreline of this pulsating encounter mirrored Arsenal’s 5-2 win against Spurs in February 2012. Arsenal had come from 2-0 down on that occasion and, like they did in the 2012/13 campaign, they went on to secure UEFA Champions League with a top-four finish, narrowly ahead of their North London rivals.
“The result will help to rebuild belief,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “There is something special in this team and I am happy that will come out when they play with confidence.”
purs head coach Andre Villas-Boas said: “We were very good from the first minute to the last, with 11 men and with 10 men. We are proud of what we have done from the beginning of the game.”
For a full match report and image gallery of Arsenal's win, click here.