Monday 25 February 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Arsenal came from two goals down to seal a thrilling 5-2 victory over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham were ten points ahead of their local rivals at the start of play as both teams pursued the qualification places for the UEFA Champions League, and goals from Louis Saha and former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor gave the visitors a flying start.
Strikes from Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie levelled proceedings just before half-time, and Arsenal were in the ascendancy in the second half.
Tomas Rosicky put the hosts in front six minutes after the break, and a quick-fire double from Theo Walcott completed a comeback from Arsene Wenger’s side with 22 minutes remaining. Spurs woes were compounded by a red card for Scott Parker.
The victory narrowed the gap between the two sides to seven points prompted a strong end-of-season run from Arsenal and they overcame the deficit with Spurs to finish third in the Barclays Premier League. Harry Redknapp’s Spurs side finished a point behind Arsenal in fourth, but missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification after sixth-placed Chelsea won Europe’s elite competition.
Arsenal and Tottenham are in contention again this season for a UEFA Champions League spot as they prepare to meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday.