Arsenal Score Fantastic Five over Hapless Tottenham Hotspur

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Updated: November 21, 2012
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Arsenal took down north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s Premier League game. The Gunners took charge of an outstanding performance that brought them a 5-2 win against the Spurs, whose fall to 10 men in the first half caused them trouble for the rest of the game.

The Spurs were well ahead following a 4-4-2 position that saw strikers Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor pairing up. The duo helped threaten Arsenal’s backline, with an offside 7th-minute goal from William Gallas serving as a dangerous sign.

Adebayor finally broke through Arsenal’s netting on the 10th minute after he rebound his low drive blocked by keeper Wojciech Szczesny. Aaron Lennon almost added a second for the Spurs by shooting wide amidst their opponents’ irregular tempo.

The game turned around for Arsenal when Adebayor tangled with Santi Cazorla. The challenge rendered a red card for the Spurs striker, leading manager Andre Villas-Boas’ side to struggle without one crucial player.

Per Mertesacker equalized after taking over a cross from Theo Walcott while escaping Gallas. Keeper Hugo Lloris, who visibly lacked sharpness as he made his second start for the Spurs this season, failed to clear Mertesacker but managed to stop Olivier Giroud’s effort.

Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta collaborated for Lukas Podolski to find the back of the net. The result caused Arsenal to lead 2-1. Three minutes later, Cazorla assisted Giroud’s successful goal effort just before half time to make it 3-1.

Arsenal’s advantage in numbers figured prominently throughout the game, forcing the Spurs to make a drastic second-half 3-5-1 change in the absence of one man. Cazorla drilled the opponent’s netting on the 60th to widen the lead, as assisted by Podolski.

Gareth Bale tried to revive his drenched side through a bottom-corner drive that exposed Arsenal’s loose defence. Yet the highly rated Welshman’s effort proved inadequate to bring the game’s standard in favour of the Spurs.

Walcott, taking off from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain assist in injury time, sealed the winner by firing the goal’s southwest corner.