Arsenal 2 v Spurs 3

Sometimes you wonder what goes on in the minds of footballers? What is the mentality that sees your team looking comfortable at 2-0 going into half time, only then to see your team end up with a 3-2 derby loss to bitter rivals Spurs?


Those and many other questions will be going through the minds of Arsenal fans who witnessed a performance of rare capitulation from a position of inherent strength. Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh had put Arsenal ahead, but a second half introduction on Jermain Defoe seemed to be the catalyst that led to a Spurs revival as goals from Gareth Bale, Rafael Van Der Vaart’s penalty and Younes Kaboul undid all the Arsenal hard work.

Let Fly

Cesc Fabregas was once again pulling all the midfield strings and his early interaction with Nasri should have created at least a chance, but the un-marked Chamakh could not be found in the area. On nine minutes however, Fabregas let fly with a searching pass that Nasri ran onto. With only Heurelho Gomes ahead, Nasri rounded the ‘keeper and from the tightest of angles, managed to find the net. Just before the half hour, the Gunners doubled their advantage. A swift move from defence saw Nasri combine with Densilson and Fabregas who fed Andrey Arshavin. The Russian squared for Chamakh to net his ninth goal of the season. At that stage with Arsenal looking comfortable, there could only be on winner.


With only a Luka Modric chance to talk of, Spurs looked down and out as Arsenal finished the half strong . But a second half tongue lashing from Harry Redknapp seemed to do the trick. for the visitors. As an Arsenal attack faltered and with Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci stranded, Gael Clichy was in the centre back position. How he was out jumped by Defoe will always be a mystery.But the knock on fell to Van Der Vaart who fed Bale to easily beat Lukasz Fabianski just five minutes after the re-start.

Shell shocked

Arsenal looked shell shocked and seemed strangely listless only mustering a Squillaci header in anger. Midway through the second half, things got a whole lot worse for Arsenal. Spurs were awarded a free-kick and both Fabregas and Chamakh raised hands. Referee Phil Dowd immediately pointed to the spot and Van Der Vaart sent Fabianski the wrong way from it for the leveller.


Arsenal suddenly awoke as if the second half had been an aberration thus far. Fabregas blasted over when he worked an opening and Alex Song had a clear penalty shout dismissed after William Gallas – who was booed throughout – bundled the Arsenal midfielder over in the box. Arsene Wenger had brought of Robin van Persie, Thomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott, but it was to be the horror of a Spurs winner that awaited.


Koscielny felled Bale. Van Der Vaart took the free-kick and Younes Kaboul headed the winner to complete Wenger’s and the majority of the 60,102 at the Emirates misery.Koscielny headed over from six yards , Fabregas curled a shot that Gomes palmed away and Walcott fired wide with late Arsenal pressure, but sadly for Wenger a chance to ascend to the Premiership summit was blown away by a third home Premiership loss.