In the third round of the Capital One Cup tonight, Arsenal visit the white part of North London to take on Tottenham Hotspur. Their visit to White Hart Lane will be the first fixture between the two London rivals this season, and should be a great warm up for their first league meeting in early November at the Emirates Stadium. Will their meeting this evening turn out to be one of their best encounters? There have been quite a few stormers over the year, so we’ll let you judge. Here are their best clashes ever…
Spurs 2-2 Arsenal, Premier League, 25 April 2004
Though it wasn’t the best match between the two sides, it was the most significant historically. By avoiding defeat, Arsenal maintained their Premier League unbeaten run and, most importantly, seal the Premier League title at the home ground of their fiercest rivals.
Arsenal 4-4 Spurs, Premier League, 29 October 2008
Even though the final result was a draw, this incredible 4-4 is remembered most fondly by Spurs after coming back from 4-2 down to equalise in dramatic fashion. It will also be remembered for David Bentley’s outrageous 40-yard volley against his former side. What a hit!
Arsenal 5-2 Spurs, Premier League, 26 February 2012
In the 2011-12 season, talk was rife of Spurs finally overtaking Arsenal in the league standings and finishing in the top four. Their meeting at the Emirates turned out to be a turning point for the Gunners, as they came back from 2-0 down to score 5 unanswered goals. The match was full of brilliant goals, including a Robin van Persie curler, and the result gave Arsenal the necessary momentum to go on and finish in the top four.
Spurs 5-1 Arsenal, Carling Cup Semi-Final, 22 January 2008
For the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final, Spurs hosted Arsenal and made full use of their home advantage to humiliate a young Arsenal side. Goals from Lennon, Keane, Malbranque and Jenas saw them head to Wembley in style, where they beat Chelsea 2-1.
Spurs 4-5 Arsenal, Premier League, 13 November 2004
The most typical North London derby. Goals from legends of both clubs, 9 goals in total, wild celebrations. Brilliant football.