Bale celebrates 'special' win

BY foxsports • November 21, 2010

Spurs completed one of the most amazing comebacks in north London derby history to end their 17-year wait for a win at the Gunners and deny their arch-rivals top spot in the Premier League. The Gunners romped to a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to brilliant goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh as William Gallas' return to the Emirates Stadium looked set to end in defeat. But Gallas had the last laugh as Bale pulled a goal back and Cesc Fabregas inexplicably handled Rafael van der Vaart's free-kick to allow the Dutchman to level from the penalty spot before Younes Kaboul headed home a dramatic winner five minutes from time. "For the fans and everybody it's the one game everyone looks out for and to get the victory, especially at the Emirates, is something special," Bale told Sky Sports 2. "The gaffer said before the game we have got a great squad and a great team and we can match anybody. We didn't have the greatest of first halves but showed what we can do in the second half. "We put JD (Jermain Defoe) up front in the second half, sort of went for it a bit, worked for each other and it paid off." Bale's team-mate Van der Vaart said on Sky Sports 2: "It was difficult, they put a lot of pressure on us and we didn't play our game. We had some problems, but we were really happy with the second half, it was much better. "It was my first time here so it wasn't bad, I knew about our away record against Arsenal. "It's a great day for the club." Spurs boss Harry Redknapp disputed the selection of Bale as man of the match. "I thought William Gallas was just amazing, he led the team by example and he, for me, was man of the match," he told Sky Sports 2. "I love Gareth and he did well, Younes Kaboul was outstanding but Gallas was top drawer - as he has been for us - he was superb today." Redknapp added: "In the first half we didn't really get hold of the ball. We changed it at half-time, which opened us up even more really, but we started the second half on the front foot, got back into the game and had a great second-half performance."

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