Tottenham in stunning fightback at Arsenal

Tottenham shrugged off a two goal deficit at half-time to score three times in the second half to triumph 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium against North London rivals Arsenal.
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Tottenham shrugged off a two goal deficit at half-time to score three times in the second half to triumph 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium against North London rivals Arsenal.

Arsenal looked comfortable at the break, leading 2-0 against a ragged Spurs side and looking on course to make it 18 unbeaten home games against their near neighbours.

The Gunners took an early lead when Samir Nasri finished from a tight angle and Marouane Chamakh made it 2-0 from close range.

Chamakh should have made it three but delayed too long and how crucial that miss was to prove to be.

Early in the second half Gareth Bale reduced the deficit as the visitor’s suddenly looked threatening.

In the 67th minutes Cesc Fabregas handled and Rafael Van der Vaart made no mistake from the penalty spot.

The Gunners hit back and had chances to regain the lead but it was Spurs who recorded a famous victory five minutes from time.

Younes Kaboul flicking home a free-kick to give the visitor’s their first league win at Arsenal since 1993.

For Arsenal it was missed chance to head the Premier League, if only for a few hours.

Referee: Phil Dowd

Venue: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 60,102

Arsenal scorers: Nasri 9, Chamakh 27

Tottenham scorers: Bale 50, Van der Vaart (pen) 67, Kaboul 85

ARSENAL
21 Fabianski
03 Sagna (yellow card)
06 Koscielny (yellow card)
18 Squillaci
22 Clichy
04 Fabregas
08 Nasri (Rosicky 77)
15 Denilson (yellow card)
17 A Song
23 Arshavin (Walcott 77)
29 Chamakh (Van Persie 68)

Substitutes
53 Szczesny,
20 Djourou,
27 Eboue,
07 Rosicky,
14 Walcott,
19 Wilshere,
10 Van Persie

TOTTENHAM
01 Gomes
02 Hutton
03 Bale
04 Kaboul
13 Gallas
32 Assou-Ekotto
07 Lennon (Defoe 46)
08 Jenas
11 Van der Vaart (yellow card) (Palacios 87)
14 Modric
09 Pavlyuchenko (Crouch 73)

Substitutes
23 Cudicini,
19 Bassong,
22 Corluka,
05 Bentley,
12 Palacios,
15 Crouch,
18 Defoe

 
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