Arsenal (Away)
Premier League

Saturday 20th November 2010

Spurs are away. 

Spurs are playing a top four team.

Spurs are live on TV.

Spurs are playing a Saturday lunch-time kick-off.

Spurs will have a man in black refereeing the game.

Spurs will get what they always get when all these things come together ...

PREDICTION : -    Arsenal    3      Tottenham Hotspur    1

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


ARSENAL :  -  Nicklas Bendtner ( out - groin); Jack Wilshire (doubtful - back); Andrei Arshavin (doubtful); Tomas Rosicky (doubtful - hamstring); Aaron Ramsey (out - broken leg), Vassiriki Diaby (out - ankle), Manuel Almunia (out - elbow), Emmanuel Frimpong (out - knee), Thomas Vermaelen (out - Achilles) 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  David Bentley (doubtful - calf), Robbie Keane (doubtful - ankle); Niko Kranjcar (doubtful - calf);  Vedran Corluka (doubtful - groin), Ledley King (out - groin), Giovani dos Santos (out - groin), Michael Dawson (out - knee and ankle), Tom Huddlestone (out - ankle), Jamie O'Hara (out - back) and Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin); - (-); 


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Arsenal   2    Tottenham Hotspur   3      (Half-time score : 2-0)

Premier League
Venue :  -  The Emirates Stadium
Saturday 20th November 2010
Kick Off :  12.45 p.m.
Crowd :   60,102
Referee :  Phil Dowd (West Midlands)
- kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.
Weather :  -
Teams : - 
Arsenal :

13  Fabianski

  2  Sagna     
  6  Koscielny     
  2  Squillaci
22  Clichy

17  Song
  8  Nasri    (  7  Rosicky 77)
  4  Fabregas
15  Denilson     

29  Chamakh    (10  van Persie 68)
23  Arshavin  (14  Walcott 77)

Unused subs: 
53  Szczesny
20  Djourou
19  Wilshire
27  Eboue

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

  2  Hutton
  4  Kaboul 
13  Gallas (c)
32  Assou-Ekotto

  7  Lennon (18  Defoe 46)
  8  Jenas
14  Modric
11  van der Vaart          (12  Palacios 87)
  3  Bale 

  9  Pavyluchenko (15  Crouch 73)

Unused subs: 
23  Cudicini
19  Bassong
22  Corluka
  5  Bentley

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of

  Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  

Nasri 9
Chamakh 27

Tottenham Hotspur

Bale 50
van der Vaart (p) 67
Kaboul 85

Cards : -  

Sagna (foul)  13
Denilson (continual fouling)  81
Koscielny (foul)  85  


Tottenham Hotspur  

van der Vaart (celebrating goal) 68  



Match Report : -  
A foregone conclusion was how this game was seen, not only by the media and the TV commentators at half-time, but also by our match previewer according to the prediction above.  Right score, but the wrong way around, as Spurs came back from another sleepy first half performance to wake up a few home fans from what they will reflect on being a bit of a nightmare and Arsene Wenger is the one who will have to wake up to a few harsh realities following Tottenham's first away win on top four soil for 17 years.

After 45 minutes, it looked like a damage limitation exercise after the home side went into the interval 2-0 ahead.  But coming out with the returning Jermain Defoe up front and with an attacking outlook, Spurs took the game to Arsenal and Arsenal crumbled.  For once, the bounce of the ball and the bulk of the decisions in the game that had gone for the other side, counted for little, as Tottenham made their own chances and relied on nobody but themselves to dig them out of the hole that they found themselves in.  Wenger as always looks for a scapegoat to blame and he probably cannot see it when he looks in the mirror.  His approach to the second half was all that was wrong about Arsenal.  Complacent, arrogant and lacking the notion that anyone would dare fight back against his pretty footballing boys, he didn't bank for a new attitude among the Tottenham team that had seen them come close to coming back from 0-4 down to Inter and then proceeded to dismantle them at home.

The way Spurs went about their business in the first half might have bred that contempt.  Nasri's ignorance in not shaking Gallas' hand before the match showed just how much these players think they are above normal good manners and the Spurs captain for the day responded by turning in a man of the match performance to prevent his former club taking anything from the game.  His interception as Nasri went through in the first minute set the tone, with Arsenal probing to find a pass through the Tottenham defence, but Gallas being there to take the ball and in this first instance, catching Nasri in the face with his gloved hand as he brushed past the dilettante French midfielder.  His prolonged whingeing and eye holding brought little sympathy from anyone outside the Arsenal technical area and terraces with red and white scarves.

But the little midfielder earned his own form of revenge when a pass from Fabregas took him inside Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who, once more, got caught the wrong side of his man as he did in Milan, leaving Nasri a run on Gomes.  It looked for a moment that the Frenchman had pushed the ball too far ahead of him as he entered the penalty area, but Gomes failed to make a decisive intervention and the opportunity to block the ball with his arms only succeeded in pushing Nasri wide to the left, from where he managed to run the ball slowly into the empty net from an acute angle.  Maybe Gomes was a little hesitant setting off to close Nasri or maybe he was concerned about being used as a way to get a penalty and then getting sent off, but the goal was a poor one to let in all round.

But Spurs had already had a chance by then, as a low ball to the near post from van der Vaart's corner was flicked towards the six-yard box by Bale as he raced away from his marker, but the ball fell kindly into Fabianski's arms with no Spurs player anticipating the Welshman's touch.  but Arsenal had also made space on the right for Fabregas to reach the dead ball line and pull the ball back across the face of goal, only for Gomes to cut it out.  The Spurs keeper had not done so well with a high ball into the box where he clashed with bodies in front of him and managed to punch it just about far enough clear.  The Brazilian was shaky in this spell until another high ball in towards Song saw him come for the ball and get there first, holding it securely.

One of many fouls on Gareth Bale throughout the game brought Sagna an early yellow card, but then Dowd allowed other Gooners to get away with equally bad tackles on the Welshman and on van der Vaart.  He also allowed a crude challenge by Clichy on Hutton that left the Scotsman on the floor as the Spurs attack broke down and then Arsenal broke away.  Hutton got to his feet, but was not at full capacity, as the ball went wide on his side and Arshavin slid the ball across the six yard area and Chamakh got across Kaboul to touch the ball in past Gomes to make it 2-0 in the 27th minute.

Once more, Spurs had been undone by a refereeing decision, but Arsenal had failed to take their chance leading up to that goal.  Fabregas had got on the end of another passing move that put the Spaniard through on goal and he was well placed on the right of the box, but he managed to drag his shot wide of the other side of Heurelho Gomes' goal.  Spurs had their chances too, with defenders pushing forward.  Kaboul took a clearance from a corner and made progress down the right wing, putting in a cross despite the  attention of a defender, almost finding Pavlyuchenko at the far post.  Then Gallas brought the ball out and took on a number of Arsenal players before he was tackled on the edge of the Arsenal box by Song, as he prepared to shoot.

On the half hour, Luka Modric took a pass from Pavlyuchenko and hit a shot from outside the box that Fabianski had to dive to his right to push away, then Pav had a shot after cutting inside, but it took a flick off a defender on it's way over.  As the game entered added time, Fabregas picked out Chamakh, who took the ball into the Spurs box and dallied on it before he was dispossessed by Kaboul.  He and Gallas had done well despite the score-line, with both being good at nipping in ahead of the Arsenal forwards and being strong in the air.

With the break giving Harry Redknapp a chance to make a change to spruce things up, he obviously read the riot act to the Spurs players and took off the quiet Aaron Lennon to introduce Jermain Defoe, fit to return to action after his ankle injury.  Immediately, there was a different approach to Tottenham's game, as the ball stayed up front more often, as Pav couldn't keep hold of it on his own in the first half.

Gallas was called upon to produce a well-timed challenge on Fabregas as he ran into the box, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto played a ball forward from his left back position towards Defoe.  With Koscielny up against him, it was a great leap for the little Spurs striker to win the ball and knock it forward, where Rafael van der Vaart took the ball and passed through for Bale to run onto.  The midfielder took the ball in his stride and played it perfectly for himself to take it early with the outside of his left foot from the right side of the centre spot, leaving Fabianski no chance to stop his shot.  2-1 and Spurs were back in the game.

That was five minutes after the break and five minutes later, Modric seized on a loose ball and struck a drive that flew a foot over the top.  Jenas almost played Pavlyuchenko in and Assou-Ekotto nearly got a pass through to Defoe, but both were cut out and Arsenal had good possession in dangerous positions, but could not make them pay. 

A couple of minutes later and Spurs were awarded a free-kick for Song's block on Modric.  From it, van der Vaart hit a shot at goal and referee Dowd was well-placed to spot Fabregas raise an arm to block the ball and thus conceded a penalty.  After some time sorting out the argument and then getting everyone out of the penalty area, Rafa stepped up and coolly slid the ball into the opposite side of the goal to Fabianski's dive to bring it back to 2-2.  Dowd decided to book VDV for his goal celebrations, while he failed to book Fabregas for his deliberate handball to concede the penalty in the first place.

Tottenham now had the momentum and Arsenal's slack approach to the second half left them on the back foot to try and step up a gear.  With 20 minutes left, they thought they had got a third goal, but when Fabregas nodded down a free-kick for Squiallaci to hit the ball into the net, the lineman's flag was up to indicate that both players were offside.  Arsenal made changes, with van Persie, Walcott and Rosicky all coming on and they produced a 78th minute effort from Fabregas, when he bent a shot from the left side of the box that would have crept inside Gomes' left hand post had the keeper not got across and got a hand to it to divert it wide of the goal.

Arsenal could have won it in the 78th minute, with the culprit being Squillaci, who got free at the far post to van Persie's right wing cross, but, unmarked, he headed the ball over the bar instead of across Gomes or across goal for someone else to have a chance. 

With seven minutes left, Defoe got away on the right and crossed for Crouch, who headed down for his team-mate van der Vaart, who reads his play so well.  However, this time the ball would not come down to earth for the Dutchman and the chance was cleared and one cross was played in a minute later that had Fabianski struggling when he came for the ball.

As Arsenal pressed for the winner, Spurs broke away and Bale went through on the right, only for Koscielny to bring him crashing down in a blatant enough foul that he got a yellow card for it.  Wenger, as you may imagine, thought it wasn't even a free-kick in the first place.  Five minutes to go and van der Vaart bent the ball into the centre of the goal with his left foot.  It was a pacy cross and with a mass of players jumping for the ball in front of the Arsenal keeper, he got nowhere near it and Kaboul managed to slide the ball off his head and past the defenders on the line to hit the net.

3-2 with five minutes left and added time to go on top of that.

Could Spurs hang on for what would be a morale boosting win away to one of the top four after so long ?

Well, one former Southampton youngster - Bale - raced away to try and find Crouch with his cross, but the ball was pulled back too far and Arsenal broke away.  Another Saints youth player had the next chance, but it was not Bale, but Walcott, who got some space on the right of the Tottenham area to turn and hit a shot that went way too high.

As time ticked down to the final whistle, Heurelho Gomes showed what he can do by taking a low cross from Walcott at the near post and then held Rosicky's low shot in the final minute of the match.

When he kicked the ball out, Dowd blew the whistle and the game was won and the three points were Tottenham's.  For all the possession and pretty passing, Arsenal had been undone by a more determined Spurs in the second half and the goals came from good play exploiting Arsenal's frailty in defence that they possess these days.  All this was achieved without the likes of the memory of Graham Roberts putting Charlie Nicholas in the stand at Highbury and it was a victory for footballing tactics over the rough-house ones that Arsenal tried to impose on Spurs this time.  Unsuccessfully.

Snide tackles and elbows in the stomach found Tottenham made of stronger stuff than in previous years.  There was talk of this result being a turning point in the club's history, but until they can produce such outstanding performances whenever necessary, it will still be the one-off victories that mark our progress.

With Liverpool and Chelsea coming up in the next few weeks, more milestones on Harry's journey with the club will be measured.  Hopefully, we can keep going on that journey and how knows where it will take us ?

Marco van Hip


Fan Reaction : -



So, 69 becomes my favourite number for another reason !!

Just when it looked like this match was going the way of the last 68, the 4-4-2 formation undid Arsenal's 2-0 lead and made them look ordinary.  Their first corner came in the 67th minute, by which time they had been pegged back at 2-2 after they were 2-0 ahead in the first half.

The second half saw the Gooners take their foot off the pedal or assume that they were arrogant enough to go on and win by even more goals, but Harry's simple switch gave them more problems than they could handle.  There were chances in the second half for the home team, but they dwelt on the ball and the chances disappeared, leaving them vulnerable to a cross into the box, with their dodgy keeper flapping nowhere near the ball and Kaboul glancing it past him, leaving the Gooners only five minutes and added time to get back into the game to try and salvage a draw.

Wenger turned into the Nutty Professor with every goal and incident that went against the Gooners.  It was hilarious to see him throw his water bottle down and it splash back all over him !!  And his gesticulating and moaning made it all the sweeter.

A win that has been a long time coming and puts us in the exalted realms of West Brom and Newcastle who have beaten the Goons on their own turf this season.  Whether it helps Tottenham's challenge for a place in the top four, it has broken the away hoodoo and hopefully has put another big dent in any title challenge the Gooners might be dreaming of.

I will be first in the queue for the DVD !! 

Barry Levington

Just cannot believe this afternoon -- yet again we give our opponents a nice easy start - but then - wham bam - back we come again. 

This has to rate as one of the  great victories over the Arse!!

Can someone tell me the last time we have come from two goals behind to beat the Scum on their own patch ? Because I can't think at the moment as I am so ecstatic it's unreal.

What did the Sun headline and Wenger say last week about Srsenal's victory at Everton "stuff of champions" - yeah stuff(ed) alright by the boys in white ... and it's my birthday this week ... best  present ever, fantastic, drink time I think !!

Cheers Tottenham !!


So, Arsene Wenger says Spurs did not create a lot and his team did enough to deserve to win.

Look at the result Muppet !!  It shows that your fancy dan football counts for nothing if you can't get the ball in the net.

We have had that problem and today it was your problem.

On the day you just weren't good enough .. except at doing the Basil Fawlty impressions and being a water chucker.  Keep up the good work AW.

Benny the Ball




Other scores this weekend :
Birmingham City 1 Chelsea 0 Saturday
Blackpool 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Saturday
Bolton Wanderers 5 Newcastle United 1 Saturday
Liverpool 3 West Ham United 0 Saturday
Manchester United 2 Wigan Athletic 0 Saturday
West Bromwich Albion 0 Stoke City 3 Saturday
Blackburn Rovers 2 Aston Villa 0 Sunday
Fulham 1 Manchester City 4 Sunday
Sunderland 2 Everton 2 Monday




League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 14 9 1 4 28 9 28 +19
2 Manchester United 14 7 7 0 30 17 28 +13
3 Arsenal 14 8 2 4 28 15 26 +13
4 Manchester City 14 7 4 3 19 11 25 +8
5 Bolton Wanderers 14 5 7 2 26 20 22 +6
6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 14 6 4 4 22 20 22 +2
7 Sunderland 14 4 8 2 17 15 20 +2
8 Stoke City 14 6 1 7 18 18 19 0
9 Liverpool 14 5 4 5 16 17 19 -1
10 Newcastle United 14 5 3 6 22 21 18 +1
11 Blackburn Rovers 14 5 3 6 17 18 18 -1
12 Blackpool 14 5 3 6 21 27 18 -6
13 Aston Villa 14 4 5 5 15 20 17 -5
14 Everton 14 3 7 4 16 15 16 +1
15 Birmingham City 14 3 7 4 15 17 16 -2
16 West Bromwich Albion 14 4 4 6 16 25 16 -9
17 Fulham 14 2 8 4 14 17 14 -3
18 Wigan Athletic 14 3 5 6 10 23 14 -13
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 2 3 9 14 25 9 -11
20 West Ham United 14 1 6 7 11 25 9 -14


Position before the match :  7th
Position after the match :  6th
Position after the weekend :


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