Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham: Gunners Punish Spurs After Adebayor Sees Red
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Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham
Scorers: Adebayor 11', Mertesacker 23', Podolski 42', Giroud 45+1', Cazorla 59'. Bale 70', Walcott 90+1'
Wojciech Szczesny, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere (Aaron Ramsey, 71'), Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski (Andre Santos, 79'), Olivier Giroud (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86').
Vito Mannone, Carl Jenkinson, Francis Coquelin, Andre Arshavin.
Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker (Michael Dawson, 46'), William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Naughton (Clint Dempsey, 46'), Aaron Lennon, Sandro, Tom Huddlestone (Tom Carroll, 71'), Gareth Bale. Emanuel Adebayor (sent off, 18'), Jermain Defoe.
Brad Friedel, Jake Livermore, Andros Townsend, Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Great result for Arsenal. One to quieten the "Wenger out" brigade (as distinct from the "Wenger isn't perfect" brigade)— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) November 17, 2012
AVB going on to the pitch to embrace all his players. Really no idea why. They were poor, in the extreme.— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) November 17, 2012
Full-time: Arsenal 5-2 Spurs
Adebayor's red card changed everything, of course, but Arsenal were ruthless when handed the advantage. The Gunners earn a morale-boosting victory and dent their North-London rivals' hopes of usurping them for a Champions League place.
Walcott looks to be brimming with confidence now and Giroud is also looking closer to the deadly striker he was for Montpellier. Spurs shouldn't take this defeat too heavily as they were well in this contest, leading in fact, before Adebayor's stupidity.
Still, an emphatic victory for Arsene Wenger's men to kick off Saturday's Premier League action. Thanks for joining me today and be sure to keep it Bleacher Report for all the action around Europe's leagues.
90+1'—Chamberlain breaks free down the right, where there is nobody for Spurs, obviously. The Ox squares to an unmarked Walcott who puts the finishing touch to this thrashing. 5-2, the same as last season.
88'—Defoe chases a lost cause down the left and links up with Bale, who moves the ball nicely into the path of Dempsey, but the USA international careless gives it away with a blind pass and that appears to be that for Spurs.
85'—Arsenal substitution: Giroud comes off to a standing ovation, yes, it's true. The Ox comes on for the big French forward and Arsenal are seeing this game out, for once.
83'—Vermaelen scampers clear and is set to make it five when Lennon come from nowhere to intercept the Belgian's shot.
Andre Santos has been pushed right up on the left flank where he can't cause any damage.— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) November 17, 2012
79'—Arsenal substitution: It's the move that Gunners fans dreaded, Andre Santos is on for Podolski. Surely he can't screw this one up?
74'—Walcott is in behind the Spurs back three again, one on one, to finish it... But that's a dreadful touch. That's so, so poor from Theo and Spurs get away with it.
73'—Bale drives down the left, driving with real pace and power, unleashing a tremendous shot that drifts narrowly wide of the far post. One more from Spurs here and this gets very interesting.
71'—Tottenham substitution: Young Tom Carroll is on for Huddlestone too, another attack-minded change from AVB. This is glorious, what a brilliant game of football. End-to-end, relentless action for your viewing pleasure.
71'—Arsenal substitution: Aaron Ramsey is on for a tired looking Wilshere.
Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham
70'—Bale drives at the heart of the Arsenal defence and unleashes a terrific shot low into the left corner. Spurs back in this?
Arsenal front 3 have been tremendous. Podolski inspired, Theo clever and effective, Giroud winning everything in air - even with Dawson on— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) November 17, 2012
65'—Walcott scampers clear, but a combination of Verthongen's recovery, Lloris darting off his line and Theo's dallying means the chance is soon gone. Very wasteful from the England international.
61'—Arsenal could humiliate Spurs here, they are exposing the wide areas and making AVB's changes look exactly what they were, suicidal!
Arsenal 4-1 Tottenham
59'—Giroud races down the left and swings in a lovely ball to Cazorla at the back post and the Spaniard converts to end this contest.
53'—Arsenal dominating, but Bale is always a threat on the left side. It's almost like Spurs in FIFA mode this. Bale is going to attempt to own the left flank.
50'—This is a seemingly mental move for Spurs, the three centre-back formation could backfire massively with Podolski and Walcott running riot in the wide areas.
AVB is mad! He's actually gone three at the back! He's genuinely trying to win this. Gonna say it now: this is going to get messy.— Jay Jaffa (@jayjaffa) November 17, 2012
AVB is forced to change it and brings on Michael Dawson and Clint Dempsey come on for Naughton and Walker. Interesting changes these, Spurs look like they will set up with a 3-5-1 with Dempsey tucking into midfield when Arsenal have possession.
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