The north London derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in English football as Arsenal and Tottenham battle it out for supremacy in their own corner of the capital. Arsene Wenger's Arsenal host Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs on Saturday evening with neither side in particularly good form - but here, we take a look back at some classic encounters ahead of an important game for both clubs.
April 14, 1991: Tottenham 3, Arsenal 1
This FA Cup semifinal was memorable for Paul Gascoigne's 35-yard free-kick to open the scoring after just five minutes, the victory for Spurs not only saw them go on to win the trophy against Nottingham Forest but also ended Arsenal's chance to win the double. The Gunners had dominated Division One but were two down early on at Wembley as Gary Lineker doubled Tottenham's lead. Alan Smith pulled one back for Arsenal but a second for Lineker ensured it would be Spurs who represented north London in the final.
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November 13, 2004: Tottenham 4, Arsenal 5
The Premier League had already seen some close games between the two rivals as Arsene Wenger turned Arsenal into league champions and serial contenders. But Tottenham started to fight back and this free-flowing White Hart Lane derby was a great introduction to Premier League management for Martin Jol. Spurs led through Noureddine Naybet before Arsenal struck back courtesy of Thierry Henry and Lauren. Although the hosts battled valiantly to take something out of the game, second-half goals from Jermain Defoe and Freddie Kanoute were cancelled out courtesy of Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires.
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October 29, 2008: Arsenal 4 Tottenham 4
So close to Halloween and both Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp saw their sides commit some shocking defending in a stunning draw. David Bentley scored against his boyhood club to give Spurs the lead before Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor all got on the scoresheet to seemingly seal a comeback victory for the Gunners. Even when Darren Bent grabbed another for Tottenham, Robin van Persie restored the two-goal cushion a minute later. That is how it remained until a minute from full-time, when Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon goals saw Redknapp's side make the short hop home with an unlikely share of the spoils.
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November 20, 2010: Arsenal 2 Tottenham 3
Tottenham had only won once at Arsenal in the history of the Premier League heading into this meeting - and that run look like being extended at the hosts raced into a 2-0 half-time lead. Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh had eased Arsenal ahead inside the opening 30 minutes but Wenger saw his side capitulate following the interval. Gareth Bale pulled one back before Rafael van der Vaart levelled from the penalty spot after an inexplicable handball by Cesc Fabregas. The comeback was complete five minutes from the end as current Tottenham captain Younes Kaboul stooped to head home van der Vaart's free-kick and rewrite the history books.
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February 26, 2012: Arsenal 5, Tottenham 2
This time around it was Tottenham who could not hold onto a lead as Arsenal responded to Champions League and FA Cup exits. Louis Saha opened the scoring on four minutes before ex-Gunner Adebayor turned home a penalty after Gareth Bale had been brought down by Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal were level by half-time as Bacary Sagna and van Persie struck. A Tomas Rosicky goal and a quick-fire brace from Theo Walcott saw the points wrapped up before Scott Parker's late red card for Spurs. Remarkably, the next meeting between the two less than nine months later also finished 5-2 to the Gunners.