Five memorable Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal clashes


LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur look poised to finish above north London neighbours Arsenal for the first time in 22 years and still have a chance of winning the Premier League title. Arsenal are in grave danger of missing out on the top four, so Sunday's derby at White Hart Lane is crucial.

We look at five standout matches between the sides.

May 1971 - Division One

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Arsenal 1

While the match itself was hardly a classic, the significance of Arsenal's win secured by a Ray Kennedy header could hardly have been greater as it secured a first title in 18 years for the Gunners at the home of their bitter rivals.

A huge crowd wedged into White Hart Lane on a Monday night for the final game of the season, with Arsenal needing a win or a goalless draw to pip Leeds United to the crown.

A nervy, scrappy match on a bare pitch was decided in the 88th minute when teenager Kennedy headed past Pat Jennings.

It was a galling experience for the Tottenham fans and if that were not enough, a week later Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final to emulate Tottenham's double of 1961.

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April 1983, Division One

Tottenham Hotspur 5 Arsenal 0

This Easter Monday clash remains Tottenham's biggest victory over Arsenal and came during a period in which they were comfortably outperforming the Gunners.

Tottenham were without injured duo Glenn Hoddle and Osvaldo Ardiles but manager Keith Burkinshaw fielded four forwards in Steve Archibald, Mark Falco, Alan Brazil and Terry Gibson.

Incredibly Tottenham were three goals ahead inside 18 minutes with full back Chris Hughton twice on target either side of a stunning volley from Falco.

Falco scored a second and Brazil netted his first for the club. Tottenham went on to finish fourth and qualify for the UEFA Cup which they won the following season.

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April 1991, FA Cup semi-final

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Arsenal 1

The first-ever FA Cup semi-final played at Wembley will forever be remembered for a moment of maverick magic by Paul Gascoigne.

Top of the league and looking on course for the double, George Graham's Arsenal were big favourites to beat Spurs but Gascoigne stole the show.

The game was only minutes old when the midfielder lined up a free kick 30 metres away from David Seaman's goal.

"Is Gascoigne going to have a crack....he is you know...Oh I say," was commentator Barry Davies's memorable description of what happened next as the ball flew into the top corner.

Gary Lineker made it 2-0 soon afterwards and, while Alan Smith pulled one back, Lineker secured victory for Tottenham late when his shot squeezed past Seaman.

Arsenal won the league while Tottenham went on to beat Nottingham Forest in the final.

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April 2004, Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Arsenal 2

No wonder Arsenal fans look back on this one fondly as it was the day so-called The Invincibles sealed the title.

Just as they did in 1971 the Gunners arrived at White Hart Lane as champions elect -- needing just a point to be sure of wrapping up the title after rivals Chelsea lost to Newcastle United in the day's early kickoff.

Patrick Vieira gave Arsenal the lead with a brilliant counter-attack goal before Robert Pires netted after another flowing passing move before halftime.

Captain Jamie Redknapp thumped home from 25 yards to give Tottenham a lifeline in the 63rd minute.

Pires struck the underside of the crossbar for Arsenal but Tottenham at least avoided defeat when Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann was adjudged to have fouled Robbie Keane in the last minute and the Irishman tucked away the penalty.

Arsenal went on to complete the league season unbeaten.

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Nov 2004, Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 4 Arsenal 5

Tottenham had just parted company with manager Jacques Santini and were on a four-match losing streak while Arsenal were flying high just behind leaders Chelsea.

In Dutchman Martin Jol's first match in charge of Tottenham his side went ahead through Moroccan Noureddine Naybet.

Thierry Henry equalised before halftime before Arsenal took charge with a Lauren penalty and a Patrick Vieira strike early in the second half. Jermaine Defoe's sizzling shot made it 3-2 but Freddie Ljungberg restored Arsenal's two-goal lead.

Again Spurs hit back through Ledley King's header only for Robert Pires to make it 5-3. Freddie Kanoute completed the scoring on a strange afternoon in north London.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis and Andrew Heavens)

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