Monday 19 August 2019

5 memorable north London derbies

Harry Kane scored a brace against Arsenal in February 2015
Harry Kane scored a brace against Arsenal in February 2015

Arsenal welcome Tottenham to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with both sides playing for Premier League points as well as for local pride.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five of the most memorable north London derbies.

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal, February 2015

For many, this was the day Harry Kane truly came of age, the striker scoring twice as Spurs fought back from behind to win and move above Arsenal in the table. Kane's second, a towering header four minutes from time, proved a fitting end to a pulsating contest.

Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham, October 2008

Harry Redknapp's first game in charge at White Hart Lane ended all square but it felt like a win for Tottenham, who came from 4-2 down with goals from Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon in the 89th and 94th minutes.

David Bentley's early goal for Spurs, a dipping half-volley from 40 yards, was one of the best in this fixture's history.

Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal, November 2004

A nine-goal thriller ended with the Gunners on top as another new Spurs boss, Martin Jol, began his tenure with defeat in the capital.

Arsenal's irresistible forward line proved too hot to handle as goals from Thierry Henry, Lauren, Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires helped seal a memorable win.

Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal, April 2004

Not content with going on to become the first team in over 120 years to complete a league season unbeaten, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal sealed the title at White Hart Lane.

Vieira and Pires struck in the first half to put the visitors in charge and even a second-half fightback from David Pleat's side - with goals from Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Keane - was not enough to stop their fierce rivals celebrating title success in their back yard.

Tottenham 2-3 Arsenal, September 1988

Arsenal had already toasted success at the home of their neighbours as they won the First Division title in 1988-89 - but this was far from a straight-forward victory, with all five goals coming in 12 minutes during a dizzying first half.

If that was not strange enough, Paul Gascoigne scored the last goal bare footed after losing one of his boots in the build-up.

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