MX23RW : Saturday, December 15 00:36:55
Nov 20, 2010 at 3pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
2-3
SpursTottenham Hotspur
Nasri (9'), Chamakh (27')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Bale (50'), Kaboul (85'), van der Vaart (67' pen.)

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
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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