Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2 – Adebayor red card scuppers Spurs
Yet another entertaining north London derby at the Emirates Stadium which saw Tottenham fly into an early lead before Emmanuel Adebayor’s red card led to a comfortable win for the Gunners.
November 17th, 2012
Adebayor could have no complaints with his dismissal following a dangerous challenge on Santi Cazorla, with the former Arsenal striker having given Spurs an early lead after Jermain Defoe’s shot was parried into his path.
Arsene Wenger’s side didn’t take long to get back on level terms, with Per Mertesacker heading home Theo Walcott’s cross and Arsenal then scored twice before half-time to take the game away from their arch-rivals.
Lukas Podolski’s scuffed finish beat Hugo Lloris before Olivier Giroud continued his fine scoring form and the visitors looked crestfallen as they came in for the half-time break.
Andre Villas-Boas decided to go for broke in the second half and Spurs had plenty of attacking intent although Santi Cazorla’s 60th minute goal effectively won the game, even if Gareth Bale was able to reduce the arreas with twenty minutes left.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived as a late sub and managed to tee up Theo Walcott for Arsenal’s fifth of the afternoon and leave the home supporters celebrating a big win against Tottenham.