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Sunday 17 November 2013

On this day in 2012: Arsenal's repeat win over Spurs

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Arsenal beat Spurs 5-2 at Emirates Stadium

  • Olivier Giroud was among the scorers in an enthralling 5-2 win for Arsenal against Spurs

  • Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor gave Spurs the lead early on

  • But Lukas Podolski put Arsenal ahead after Per Mertesacker's equaliser

  • Theo Walcott rounded off an emphatic victory for Arsene Wenger's side at the Emirates

  • This was the second time in nine months that Arsenal beat their local rivals 5-2 rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

17 November 2012 – Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Arsenal came from a goal down to beat North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-2