With Saturday’s early Premier League kick off at the Emirates swiftly moving into view, we have decided to check into the history books and record the best ever goals in the North London derby.
Some super players have graced this fixture and most of them have risen to the fore with some brilliant goals, the top 10 in chronological order, and with five goals for each side, is here:
1. Liam Brady, Tottenham 0 – Arsenal 5,Â English Division 1, December 23, 1978.Â This was the main highlight fromÂ a famous 5-0 Arsenal win at White Hart Lane as John Motson went a little crazy: “Look at that… Oh look at that.” Brady showed off his brilliant left foot with a curling effort into the top corner.
2. Mark Falco, Tottenham 5 – Arsenal 0, English Division 1,Â April 4,Â 1983. Five years later Spurs got their revenge against the Gunners in front of their home support as the Arsenal defence crumbled and keeper George Wood had a nightmare match. Falco volleyed home superbly in a match where he would claim a brace.
3. Paul Gascoigne, Tottenham 3 – Arsenal 1, FA Cup semi-final, April 14, 1991. Probably Gazza’s finest moment in a Spurs shirt as he would only play a short part of the 1991 FA Cup final. A cracking long range free-kick beat David Seaman and set Tottenham on their way to a surprise win over the eventual league champions.
4. Nwankwo Kanu, Tottenham 1 – Arsenal 3, Premier League,Â May 5, 1999. Arguably the best title race of the Premier League era saw Arsenal go to White Hart Lane in search of all three points to keep the pace up with Chelsea and Manchester United. Kanu embarrassed Luke Young with a scintillating piece of skill.
5. Thierry Henry, Arsenal 3 – Tottenham 0, Premier League, November 16, 2002. The French maestro enjoys playing against Spurs and even scored his first New York Red Bulls goal against Harry Redknapp’s side this past summer. The goal in 2002 was a classic example of Henry’s blistering pace and quality finishing.
6. Gareth Bale, Tottenham 1 – Arsenal 3, Premier League, September 15, 2007. The Welsh winger may be better known for his lung-bursting runs down the left wing but he can also strike a mean free-kick as this goal, early in his Spurs career, proves.
7. Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham 1 – Arsenal 3, Premier League, September 15, 2007. From the same game, Adebayor scored a venomous goal which was probably his finest moment in an Arsenal shirt. The Togo striker completed the win with a blistering volley that gave Paul Robinson no chance.
8. David Bentley, Arsenal 4 – Tottenham 4, Premier League, October 29, 2008. In Harry Redknapp’s second game as Spurs boss, the Lilywhites completed a remarkable 4-4 comeback having been 4-2 down with seconds remaining. The first goal, with Bentley scoring against his former club, is probably the most famous of the night.
9. Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal 3 – Tottenham 0, Premier League, October 31, 2009. Known by some Arsenal fans as the “11 second game,” Fabregas sealed the victory just seconds after Robin van Persie had put the Gunners ahead. It was as if Tottenham conceded two goals in one fell swoop and they were comprehensively beaten.
10. Danny Rose, Tottenham 2 – Arsenal 1, Premier League, April 14, 2010. With Tottenham chasing a Champions League spot, they rebounded from an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Portsmouth with a battling win over the Gunners getting off to an incredible start as debutant Danny Rose knocked a howitzer back past Almunia.