Spurs shock Arsenal as comeback ends Away runBy: Rob | November 20th, 2010
I sort of had a feeling yesterday, when writing my preview, that with all the talk about Spurs awful record away at Big Four teams that they would end it. Its often the case that when everyone is talking about it, that is all the inspiration you need.
But at half time at the Emirates, I had put such thoughts out of my head. Arsenal were winning 2-0, and looking supremely comfortable. Football though is full of remarkable twists if nothing else, and in the second half, Spurs came back from 2-0 down, to win 3-2.
I said yesterday it was the game to watch, and lately the North London derby has produced some epic, epic games. Arsenal controlled this one from the start, with Nasri and Fabregas, at times looking like they were actually playing on their own.
Arsenal opened the scoring early on as Fabregas played a neat ball over the Spurs back line, and Nasri beat Gomes to the ball, and tucked it in from an angle. Spurs confidence seemed drained by this, and Arsenal could have added more.
They got one more before half time, through Chamakh and looked on cruise control. Whatever Harry Redknapp said to his players at half time worked though, as did the introduction of Jermaine Defoe, who set up van der Vaart who played in Gareth Bale just after Half Time, and suddenly Spurs grew.
Arsenal then gifted Spurs an equaliser, after a VDV free kick struck Fabregas arm, and the dutchman easily converted a penalty. A late headed winner from Kaboul sealed a great, great comeback.