Arsenal back level after trailing 2-0 to Spurs
Arsenal began the second half as they had ended the first by putting the ball in the Spurs net. Barely five minutes after the restart Rosicky carried the ball towards the Tottenham penalty area. He laid it out wide to the overlapping Sagna who played a low ball across the box.
Rosicky continued his run and with a late burst of speed, he nipped in between Ledley King and Friedel to poke the ball in at the near post. Rosicky showed great desire to get on the end of the cross and it was his first goal for Arsenal in over a year.
The Spurs players were shell shocked and couldn’t contain Arsenal. However, the way the game had gone, they were by no means out of it. They had the players to hurt Arsenal and get back into the game.
Walcott too much for Spurs
Arsenal finished Tottenham off shortly after the hour mark. A ball was played over the top for Van Persie. He got the ball but was surrounded by defenders and completely isolated.
Showing his class, Van Persie twisted and turned and kept possession. He held the ball up long enough for the lightning fast Walcott to break into the vacant right hand side of the pitch.
Van Persie evaded the defenders around him and laid the ball perfectly into Walcott’s path.
The former Southampton starlet took the ball in his stride and, despite a heavy second touch, dinked the ball over Brad Friedel to make it 4-2.
It was a wonderful moment for Walcott as he had been the target of some disgruntled fans in the first half when things were not looking so good for Arsenal.
It only got better for Walcott and Arsenal just moments later when he scored again.
Alexandre Song lifted a ball over the Spurs back four. Walcott beat the offside trap and steadied himself before drilling a brilliant finish into the bottom corner.
Party time at Emirates
That was the end of the scoring and the Arsenal fans enjoyed the final 25 minutes taunting Tottenham with Ole’s for every successful pass in Arsenal’s dominance of possession.
A disastrous game for Tottenham was sealed in the final minute as Scott Parker was sent off for a second bookable offence after a needless late tackle on Vermaelen.
The final whistle went and Arsenal had beaten Tottenham 5-2. They deserved the win after coming from behind with such spirit.
Tottenham, however, will want to forget this day after taking a beating they deserved. They put up little resistance to Arsenal after Sagna’s goal completely changed the game.
The previous season in this fixture, Tottenham had come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. With this result, Arsenal gained their revenge and were the kings of North London for the day at least.