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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Football Review - Spurs 1-3 Arsenal w. video.

Arsenal come from behind to win the North London derby 3-1 with Adebayor scoring twice.

Highlights video showing all four goals ...

Apologies - YouTube gestapo have removed the video already - but you can still see two goal videos down below - and more over on this Spurs site - Harry Hotspur.

(He's a good sort so don't go taunting and crapping all over his site eh?)

Post match interviews from the BBC.
Interview: Tottenham boss Martin Jol
Interview: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Interview: Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas

Tottenham 1-3 Arsenal
Spurs --: Bale 15.
Arsenal : Adebayor 65, Fabregas 80, Adebayor 90.

Two goals by Emmanuel Adebayor, with a brilliant long-range shot by Cesc Fabregas in between, gave Arsenal the three points after Gareth Bale had put Spurs ahead.

But for long spells it had seemed Arsenal's careless finishing would lead to Spurs beating Arsenal - as the Gunners opened up the Spurs' defence time and time with quick, incisive passing - but couldn't find the right touch in the opening 45 minutes.

Spurs went to the break 1-0 up, and Berbatov should have doubled Spurs' lead when he raced through on goal and rounded a stranded Almunia, who had left his area, but the Bulgarian attempted to trick Toure rather than shoot into an unguarded net and was dispossessed.

Yet if that was a bad miss, Adebayor quickly matched it as he blasted over from eight yards following a great run and pull-back by Bacary Sagna.

However in the 65th minute Fabregas' free-kick came in from the right - after the Spaniard had been fouled by Steed Malbranque - and Adebayor finally demonstrated he has a striker's touch by powerfully heading home.


Berbatov had a shot cleared off the line by Gael Clichy. But Arsenal delivered the crushing blow when Fabregas set his aim from distance and crashed in a fierce strike to put Arsenal ahead 2-1.

Tottenham substitute Darren Bent then scuffed his shot horribly wide when clear through on goal - demonstating a touch that puts a huge question mark over the value of his 16.5m transfer fee last summer.

And, remarkably, there was still time for Arsenal to score a third goal when Adebayor flipped up the ball on the edge of the box, swivelled and crashed a magnificent volley into the top corner.

(much like T.Henry v ManYoo a few seasons ago - see this video at MegaVideo - hopefully it will last longer)

Here is Fabregas's strike to put Arsenal 2-1 up ... WOW!

It's now 19 games over eight years since Tottenham last won this derby in League or cup.