The only word to describe the latest north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham is "Wow."
No one expected the kind of high-scoring, wide-open result we saw this afternoon at Emirates. I figured there'd be three or four total goals scored with individual battles canceling out many of the scoring chances.
Instead, we got a game that had more goals combined than any other Tottenham or Arsenal had been a part of—at least in the Premier League.
Tottenham went up an early 1-0 when new Spurs striker Louis Saha took a counter-attack the length of the pitch and took advantage of a one-on-one opportunity with the struggling Thomas Vermaelen. Then, former Arsenal man Emmanuel Adebayor calmly put in an easy penalty kick to put the visiting side up 2-0.
But then Arsenal responded with a vengeance, as Bacary Sagna took advantage of a lapse in judgment by Tottenham defenders not clearing the ball. Then, Robin van Persie made it 2-2 due to—again—poor clearances by Spurs defenders, adding to his league-leading 22 goals coming into the match.
The second half was all Arsenal, as Tomas Rosicky opened with a brilliant touch from Bacary Sagna to make it 3-2 before Theo Walcott, who was in poor form during the first half, put in two goals at the 65th and 68th minute respectively.
It was an absolute field day for Arsenal, as they tightened their grip on a fourth-place spot and all but put an end to Tottenham's title hopes.
How did the players rate out individually? Join me and read on!