Gunners shocked as Spurs fight back
Arsenal collapsed under a second-half fightback by Tottenham on Saturday, squandering a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to their north London rivals in a Premier League cracker.sports Updated: Nov 20, 2010 22:42 IST
Arsenal collapsed under a second-half fightback by Tottenham on Saturday, squandering a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to their north London rivals in a Premier League cracker.
Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul completed a remarkable turnaround for Spurs with an 86th minute headed winner after goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh had given Arsenal a comfortable 2-0 interval lead.
Not only did Arsenal lose at home to Tottenham for the first time since 1993, they also wasted the chance to move above leaders Chelsea, who lost to Birmingham 0-1.
Tottenham looked like extending their miserable record against England's so-called top four to 69 away league matches without a win but they were transformed in the second half with Gareth Bale halving the deficit and a Rafael van der Vaart penalty levelling it up before Kaboul's late winner.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp praised defender William Gallas, making his first return to the Emirates since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season.
“William Gallas was top drawer today,” Redknapp, who raised eyebrows when he signed the former Arsenal and Chelsea player in August said.
Redknapp even suggested Tottenham could be title contenders. “We are in the race...we can achieve anything. It will be tough but it's open this season.”
Arsenal dominated the first half and were ahead after nine minutes when Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes failed to smother a through ball and Nasri rolled the ball in. Chamakh made it 2-0 after 27 minutes after a counter-attack ended with him tapping in.
Tottenham levelled after 67 minutes when Cesc Fabregas handled van der Vaart's goalbound free kick in the area and the Dutchman beat Lukasz Fabianski from the spot.
Laurent Koscielny fluffed a glorious chance to restore Arsenal's lead when he headed over from point blank range. Kaboul then won it for Spurs when he glanced in an inviting free kick -- a goal that had manager Arsene Wenger booting away his water bottle in rage.
First Published: Nov 20, 2010 21:14 IST