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Wednesday 20 November 2013

On this day in 2010: Kaboul ends 17-year derby hoodoo

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Spurs staging a thrilling fightback to beat Arsenal

  • Samir Nasri gives Arsenal the lead over Spurs from the tightest of angles

  • Marouane Chamakh's goal puts the Gunners in control

  • But Gareth Bale gives the visitors a lifeline...

  • ... and Rafael van der Vaart brings Spurs level from the penalty spot

  • Younes Kaboul (right) looks on as his late header beats Lukasz Fabianski...

  • ... and is mobbed by team-mates for ending a 17-year wait for a win at Arsenal

  • It is a result that leaves Gunners manager Arsene Wenger 'speechless' rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

20 November 2010 – Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Younes Kaboul struck a dramatic 85th-minute winner as Tottenham Hotspur hit back from 2-0 down to record their first win at Arsenal for 17 years.

"We can beat anybody, this has put us right back in the race again – it's wide open"
Harry Redknapp, Spurs

Kaboul flicked Rafael van der Vaart's free-kick into the net to claim the points to complete a fightback for Spurs after the Gunners had appeared to be on course for a win that would have put them top of the Barclays Premier League.

Samir Nasri had squeezed a ninth-minute opener for Arsenal past Heurelho Gomes at the second attempt after a pass from Cesc Fabregas, and the Spain midfielder was heavily involved in the second goal as he found Andrey Arshavin, whose cross was turned in by Marouane Chamakh.

However, the half-time introduction of Jermain Defoe sparked a Spurs comeback. The England striker won the ball in the air to find Van der Vaart, whose pass was collected by Gareth Bale, who slid the ball past Lukasz Fabianski.

The visitors equalised midway through the second half when Van der Vaart converted a penalty after handball by Fabregas. Laurent Koscielny then passed up the chance to restore the hosts' lead when heading wide a presentable opportunity and Kaboul made him pay for the miss by converting his headed chance to complete an amazing comeback with just five minutes left on the clock.

The result left Arsenal third in the table, while their North London rivals climbed to sixth.

"It's difficult to understand how we lost the game because of the number of chances we created compared to Tottenham," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "I'm a bit speechless."

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said: "We can beat anybody, this has put us right back in the [title] race again – it's wide open. If my players believe in themselves as much as I do, we can achieve anything."

The neighbouring clubs went on to finish one place apart – with the Gunners in fourth and Spurs missing out on a UEFA Champions League berth in fifth.

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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 Spurs staged an extraordinary fightback to end a 17-year North London derby hoodoo