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  • Per Mertesacker 24'
  • Lukas Podolski 42'
  • Olivier Giroud 45' +1'
  • Santi Cazorla 60'
  • Theo Walcott 90' +1'

5 - 2


Tottenham Hotspur

  • Emmanuel Adebayor 10'
  • Gareth Bale 71'
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    But Arsenal were clinical in using the extra man to their advantage, and they deserved the victory.


    Adebayor is the man Spurs fans have to blame here, sent off with the visitors a goal up due to a very poor tackle.

  • 95'

    And that's it! Arsenal win the North London derby!

  • 95'

    It's taken short and Arsenal keep it in the corner.

  • 94'

    Now Ramsey wins a corner after trying to trick his way through.

  • 94'

    Dawson blocks the Ox's cross. Corner, which Arsenal take short.

  • 94'

    The Spurs end is now empty, in truth they've known since the 60th minute that this game is up.

  • 93'

    Andre Santos limps off with the physio but he'll be okay.

  • 93'

    Andre Santos is down and needs treatment. This will extend the added time.

  • 92'

    Spurs caught at the back with Dawson left chasing shadows. The Ox breaks through, squares to Walcott who takes a touch and finds the bottom corner. 5-2

  • 91'


  • 90'

    Four minutes to be added on.

  • 89'

    Dempsey got the ball on the edge of the box and just gave it away. He has offered little since coming on at half-time.

  • 88'

    Poor pass towards to box from Gallas, easily intercepted by Arteta on the edge of the box.

  • 87'

    Arsenal will move up to sixth in the table with this win, dropping Spurs down to eighth.

  • 86'

    That flurry from Spurs after Bale's goal seems a distant memory now.

  • 85'

    Final change for the Gunners as the Ox replaces Giroud

  • 84'

    Fine pass from Andre Santos (!) puts Vermaelen in but the Belgian defender and only fire wide when through.

  • 83'

    Spurs can't get the ball right now, but the Arsenal fans are still silent.

  • 82'

    Arsenal enjoying a period of possession.

  • 81'

    Santos is playing in front of Vermaelen as a left midfielder to help keep Aaron Lennon quiet.

  • 80'

    Podolski trips Vermaelen but that's his last action as ANDRE SANTOS comes on.

  • 80'

    Carroll takes himself to save time but Arsenal head to safety.

  • 79'

    Carroll wins a corner for Spurs.

  • 79'

    Arsenal fans ... Andre Santos is stripping to come on...

  • 78'

    It's a fine corner from Bale which finds Defoe unmarked at the far post ... and he swings a fresh air shot at the ball.

  • 78'

    Corner to Spurs!

  • 77'

    Cazorla is fed in, and this is a great chance to put the game to bed ... his touch is unbelievably bad for one so gifted and the ball just runs through to Lloris.

  • 76'

    Arsenal fans looking VERY nervous now. And they've gone very quiet. It can't happen, can it?

  • 75'

    Opta stat: Gareth Bale has now scored four goals against Arsenal in the Premier League, his highest tally against any opponent.

  • 74'

    Defoe was so furious about Bale shooting - he missed at the far post - that the striker kicked the post in frustration. It should have been 4-3.

  • 73'

    Oooooh! Bale bursts through and shoots on a very tight angle. What an awful decision, as Defoe was screaming for the square ball and had a tap-in.

  • 72'

    Tom Carroll has only made one Premier League appearance before - two weeks ago in the 1-0 home defeat against Wigan when he came on for the final 12 minutes.

  • 72'

    And a final change for Spurs as Tom Carroll is on for Tom Huddlestone

  • 72'

    Wilshere is replaced Ramsey

  • 71'

    Sandro finds Bale with a good header, Arsenal defenders stand off the Welshman and he fires into the corner through the legs of Koscielny.

  • 71'


  • 69'

    Trip by Koscielny, free-kick to Spurs.

  • 68'

    Looks like Spurs have weathered that post-goal storm ... for now

  • 67'

    Walcott had the chance to shot when put through with a fine ball over the top - he delayed and had to settle for the corner.

  • 66'

    Sandro finally gets a yellow card for persistent fouling. A foul on Giroud the straw on the camel's back.

  • 65'

    Corner to Spurs. Bale takes from the right but can't find a team-mate.

  • 64'

    Opta Stat: Emmanuel Adebayor has been sent off four times in English football, three times by Howard Webb.

  • 63'

    The was the problem with AVB going two up top and taking the risks at half-time, if Arsenal got a goal it would leave the ten men exposed to a rampant home side.

  • 62'

    Now Giroud fires over from the edge of the box.

  • 61'

    It's almost five as Wilshere dances through into the box but is crowded out.

  • 60'

    Arsenal waited for the chance to pick off Spurs, Podolski with the square ball across the face of goal to an unmarked Cazorla who couldn't miss.

  • 60'


  • 59'

    Walcott takes, a defender heads to safety unchallenged.

  • 58'

    Corner to Arsenal, Huddlestone heading Cazorla's cross behind.

  • 57'

    Arsenal have not been able to offer much in this half with Spurs on the front foot - but they don't need to. And Spurs are likely to tire too.

  • 56'

    Walcott is back on - looks like he might be okay after all.

  • 55'

    We continue. 10 v 10 for now.

  • 55'

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is stripping.

  • 55'

    Walcott has a history of shoulder injuries - this has to be a concern. He gets treatment.

  • 54'

    Dawson wins the ball off Walcott with a superb challenge, but the Arsenal winger goes down clutching his arm.

  • 54'

    Free-kick to Spurs on the right flank. Huddlestone's ball finds Bale but he is forced to work backwards out of the box.

  • 53'

    Lukas Podolski's shot deflected off William Gallas and went in.

  • 52'

    Awful corner again, Huddlestone failing to get it past the defender at the near post.

  • 51'

    Bale does well to win a corner off Sagna.

  • 50'

    Opta Stat: Olivier Giroud has now scored five goals in his last five appearances for Arsenal; this after netting two in his first 13.

  • 49'

    Adebayor sees red for his tackle on Cazorla.

  • 48'

    So it's now Defoe and Dempsey up front despite having ten men. This is either genius or madness.

  • 48'

    Awful corner, easily cleared at the far post.

  • 47'

    Now Defoe tries to find Bale at the far post and Mertesacker has to put it behind for a corner. Spurs up for this.

  • 47'

    Defoe with a silly shot on the edge of the box which was always going to be blocked.

  • 46'

    And we're off in the second half.


    Dawson and Dempsey come on for Naughton and Walker


    Out come the teams again. Going to be changes for Spurs.


    Join me, @dalejohnsonESPN, for the second half shortly.


    Spurs' inability to keep Arsenal at pay with ten men does not bode well. This could get embarrassing for AVB.


    The Spurs players complain to Howard Webb as they head for the tunnel but there's very little they can argue about. Adebayor's red was correct.

  • 47'

    And that's half-time.

  • 46'

    Great work from Cazorla as he produces the cross for Giroud to guide home.

  • 46'


  • 45'

    Lennon is booked for a foul on Vermaelen.

  • 44'

    Mertesacker heads Arsenal level.

  • 43'

    Podolski will probably be credited with that rather than it going down as an own goal.

  • 42'

    A scruffy goal as Wilshere and Arteta mess up a 1-2. The ball runs to Podolski whose snap shot deflects off Gallas and rolls into the right corner of the net. 2-1 to Arsenal.

  • 42'


  • 41'

    Pressure building from Arsenal in the closing minutes of the half.

  • 40'

    Giroud misses a sitter as he meets Sagna's cross five yards out but heads into the hands of Lloris.

  • 39'

    Sandro gets a final warning from Howard Webb for a yellow card over persistent fouling.

  • 38'

    Wilshere takes again, this time it's a Spurs head which gets there first.

  • 37'

    Lennon trips Sagna, not sure there was contact there. But yet another chance for a ball into the box.

  • 36'

    Bale wins a corer, it comes in from the right but Giroud turns defender this time to clear the lines.

  • 35'

    Emmanuel Adebayor puts Spurs into the lead

  • 34'

    It was played in by Huddlestone, inviting a header and it drifts just in front of Gallas. Great ball and Spurs almost had the lead again.

  • 33'

    Sagna penalised for a foul on Sandro - he's everywhere. This is over on the left flank and perhaps the only way Spurs might add to their tally with ten men.

  • 32'

    Superb dipping shot by Cazorla from 25 yards out, but it just dips over the bar.

  • 32'

    Walcott takes the corner, and again it is Lloris who has to deal with the danger.

  • 32'

    Walcott takes the corner, and again it is Lloris who has to deal with the danger.

  • 31'

    Wilshere takes, Giroud wins the header and Lloris is forced into an acrobatic save to push it over.

  • 30'

    Walcott cuts inside and is tripped by Naughton. Another chance to cross into the box for the home side.

  • 30'

    Offside flag up against Defoe as he tried to steal a yard on the edge of the box.

  • 29'

    Great run from Bale as he tried to cut all the way through the middle, but he was eventually crowded out.

  • 28'

    Another foul by Wilshere, this time on Vermaelen.

  • 27'

    Arsenal have so much space in midfield now to work the ball, Spurs sitting deeper.

  • 26'

    Powerful backpass by Vermaelen to Szczesny - right in front of goal - but the Polish keeper deals with it well.

  • 25'

    So Spurs managed to survive just six minutes with 10 men before Arsenal found a leveller.

  • 24'

    Great cross from Walcott on the right, standing it up for Mertesacker to rise highest and find the top corner with a header.

  • 24'


  • 24'

    Chance from a snap shot from Vermaelen in the box, great block by a defender.

  • 23'

    It's a poor corner by Walcott, and Huddlestone heads to safety at the near post.

  • 23'

    Walcott wins a corner.

  • 21'

    Spurs of course had Scott Parker sent off in this game last season.

  • 20'

    That red card just came when Arsenal had upped their game too. Three-game ban coming for Adebayor - so he will be enjoying the Europa League we can presume.

  • 19'

    Adebayor looked fired up. He got his goal, but that tackle always looked like a red. He caught Cazorla with his studs - the Spaniard will be fine to contine.

  • 18'

    Minutes after scoring, Adebayor is shown a straight red for a studs up challenge on Cazorla. Awful tackle definite red.

  • 18'

    Adebayor could see red here. Bad challenge.

  • 17'

    Wilshere plays a fine ball through to the onrushing Walcott in the box. Walcott tries to pull it back, doesn't look first and the defence clears.

  • 16'

    And Koscielny does well again when Lennon threatened to get past him on the right flank.

  • 16'

    Adebayor tries to feed through Defoe - Koscielny has to be wise to intercept.

  • 14'

    Arsenal are rocking here.

  • 13'

    Oooooh! So close! Bale feeds in Lennon on the right and his shot to the far corner goes a whisker wide of the post.

  • 13'

    Aggressive tackle from Wilshere on Adebayor on the half-way line, no card though.

  • 12'

    So one former Arsenal player had a goal disallowed only for another to score just moments later.

  • 11'

    Defoe leaves Mertesacker for dead, his shot is stopped by Szczesny but he can't hold it and Adebayor beats him to the loose ball for the tap-in.

  • 10'


  • 10'

    Bale's deliver from the right was poor, headed away with ease by an Arsenal defender. It dropped to Huddlestone 25 yards out and his deflected shot dropped to Gallas who produced a great finish - but he was offside.

  • 9'

    No! No! The flag is up for offside!

  • 9'


  • 9'

    Foul by Vermaelen on Lennon. Real chance for Spurs to get a dangerous ball into the box.

  • 7'

    Vertonghen steps up and plays Walcott offside. A very high line as usual from AVB and that could play into Walcott's hands.

  • 6'

    I'm sure Arsenal fans were relieved to see the name of Thomas Vermaelen at left-back rather than Andre Santos.

  • 5'

    Arteta does just that but it's headed away with ease on the edge of the Spurs box.

  • 4'

    Now Sandro is penalised for a foul on Giroud and this could be lofted into the box from near the centre circle.

  • 3'

    A committed start from both sides too, Sandro sending out a message with a strong but fair tackle.

  • 2'

    Both sets of fans in fine voice early in the game.

  • 1'

    And it's Arsenal to kick-off!


    And out the players come into the stadium.


    The players are in the tunnel, Bale and Waclott enjoying a laugh and a joke. Not exactly what you'd expect.


    You're with me, @dalejohnsonESPN, for the North London derby. Kick off getting close.


    Arsenal, meanwhile, welcome back goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from injury and Jack Wilshere from suspension. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returns to the Gunners' bench.


    So the team news is in and Tottenham have plumped for an attacking line-up, AVB is playing 4-4-2 - a rare occurrence - with Defoe and Adebayor togethr up front.


    Former Gunner Nigel Winterburn says Arsenal and Spurs will be battling it out for fourth place this season, while ESPN's Tottenham blogger Dan Fitch has been trying to craft a winning line-up for AVB.


    There has only been one goalless draw in this fixture since 1998, so Emmanuel Adebayor may fancy his chances of scoring against his old club.


    Join us from 1245 GMT for live text commentary of the North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs at Emirates Stadium.


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