MX23RW : Thursday, October 18 01:31:02
Nov 20, 2010 at 3pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
2-3
SpursTottenham Hotspur
Nasri (9'), Chamakh (27')
Sagna (13'), Denilson (81'), Koscielny (85')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Bale (50'), Kaboul (85'), van der Vaart (67' pen.)
van der Vaart (68')

On this day: Tottenham Hotspur battle back for Arsenal win

Three years ago today, Tottenham Hotspur record their first win away at rivals Arsenal since 1993.

Whether it be Highbury or the Emirates Stadium, for years Tottenham Hotspur would dread their short trips to Arsenal.

After all, when they made the journey across North London for the 2010 derby clash, they had not claimed maximum points on Arsenal soil in some 17 years.

So, when the Gunners broke the deadlock in the ninth minute, it appeared that normal service had been resumed. Captain Cesc Fabregas threaded a pass through for Samir Nasri, who despite a heavy first touch was able to round Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. Then, even with a narrowing angle, the French playmaker was able to squeeze to ball inside the near post.

Fabregas was at his influential best and with 27 minutes on the clock he played a key role in Arsenal's second goal. He spread the ball wide for Andrey Arshavin and the Russian in turn crossed for Marouane Chamakh to score from close range.

Arsenal's Samir Nasri celebrates his goal against Tottenham Hotspur on November 20, 2010.© Getty Images

Tottenham managed to get through to half time without further damage and it was during the break that their manager Harry Redknapp opted to take off Aaron Lennon and replace him with striker Jermain Defoe.

He had an almost instant impact five minutes after the restart when he flicked the ball into the path of Rafael van der Vaart, who picked out Gareth Bale. The Welshman then used his pace to beat the Arsenal rearguard, before he slotted the ball past Lukasz Fabianski.

Then, having been so dominant during the first half, Fabregas inexplicably used his arm inside his own area to block Van der Vaart's shot. A penalty was rewarded and the Dutch international duly converted from 12 yards out to draw the visitors level.

It prompted a positive response from Arsenal, but Laurent Koscielny, Robin van Persie and Fabregas also spurned presentable opportunities to put them back in front.

Younes Kaboul celebrates his winning goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal on November 20, 2010.© Getty Images

However, it would be Spurs that would go on to claim a dramatic winner five minutes from time when defender Younes Kaboul rose highest inside the Arsenal box to flick Van der Vaart's cross beyond a diving Fabianski.

"It's difficult to understand how we lost the game because of the number of chances we created compared to Tottenham. I'm a bit speechless," said defeated manager Arsene Wenger during his post-match interview.

ARSENAL: Fabianski; Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy; Fabregas, Nasri (Rosicky), Denilson, Song, Arshavin (Walcott), Chamakh (Van Persie)

TOTTENHAM: Gomes; Hutton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon (Defoe), Jenas, Van der Vaart (Palacios), Modric, Bale; Pavlyuchenko (Crouch)

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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