Arsenal Fall Apart – First Tottenham Triumph For 17 Years


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23-year-old Cameroon World Cup midfielder ALEXANDRE SONG (17) of FC Arsenal chases after Tottenham Hotspur’s France World Cup defender WILLIAM GALLAS (13), who left the Gunners after four seasons this summer as a free agent when the 33-year-old veteran’s demand for 80,000 English pounds per week on a two-year contract was not met, during an exciting and dramatic North London Derby at the 470.0 million English pound Emirates Stadium in the capital city of England. (Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images)
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Cowardice under fire contributes greatly to a Gunners’ Collapse as the hosts throw away a two-goal start in the 169th edition of the always-entertaining North London Derby; a glancing header allows visiting TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR to grab a late winner as FC ARSENAL fall from football grace 3-2 at home in the posh Emirates Stadium and pass on the opportunity to go top of the English Premier League.

The estimated 27 million Arsenal supporters worldwide, as well as their furry friends from the animal kingdom, must now hang their heads in collective shame as dreaded arch-rival Tottenham capture their first away triumph in the North London Derby for seventeen long years; the come-from-behind victory was, of course, Spurs’ first-ever at the Emirates.

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Poland international goalkeeper LUKASZ FABIANSKI of FC Arsenal, a purchase of 2.0 million English pounds from Polish side Legia Warszawa in May of 2007, fumbles the ball in a collision with Tottenham Hotspur’s England World Cup striker PETER CROUCH as the Gunners’ France World Cup defender GAEL CLICHY (22) watches at the Emirates Stadium. (Matt Dunham/AP)
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Arsenal got out of the gate quickly in the North London Derby with goals in the ninth minute from France international winger SAMIR NASRI and then another from Morocco international striker MAROUANE CHAMAKH in the 27th minute which, perhaps, produced a bit of complacency.

The turning point in the match arrived in the 67th minute when Tottenham Hotspur were awarded a free kick. Inexcusably, the players on the end of Arsenal’s wall had their courage desert them at the moment of truth and would not keep their arms down in a desperate bid to stem the turning tide. The Gods of Football, however, would not let the transgression stand.

Holland World Cup midfielder RAFAEL VAN DER VAART, who scored 52 goals in 117 Eredvisie games for de Godenzonen before his 5.5 million Euro transfer to German Bundesliga side SV Hamburg in June of 2005, saw to it that justice prevailed from the penalty spot with his sixth goal on his 10th Premier League appearance for Tottenham Hotspur.

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Holland World Cup midfielder RAFAEL VAN DER VAART (11) of Tottenham Hotspur watches as FC Arsenal’s cowardly, cheating pair of Spain World Cup champion midfielder CESC FABREGAS (end of wall) and Morocco international striker MAROUANE CHAMAKH raise their arms to block the free kick and protect the dwindling second half lead during the North London Derby at the Emirates Stadium. (Matt Dunham/AP)
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As the cowardly and culpable Morocco international striker MAROUANE CHAMAKH (29) of FC Arsenal observes, Holland World Cup midfielder RAFAEL VAN DER VAART (11) of Tottenham Hotspur, the former Ajax Amsterdam and SV Hamburg man who arrived with the price tag of 11.0 million Euros from Real Madrid at the transfer deadline, finds justice from the spot and sends FC Arsenal’s Poland international goalkeeper LUKASZ FABIANSKI the wrong way with his penalty at the Emirates Stadium. (Matt Dunham/AP)
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After outdueling the Arsenal defense to get a head on the free kick of the not-pictured Holland World Cup midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart, Tottenham Hotspur’s former France U-21 international defender YOUNES KABOUL (4) watches his ball beat FC Arsenal’s Polish international custodian LUKASZ FABIANSKI for the game-winning goal in the 169th North London Derby at the Emirates Stadium. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Manager ARSENE WENGER, who has been in charge of FC Arsenal since October of 1996, buries his face in his hands as the Gunners go down to defeat in consecutive matches at home for the first time in 13 years and, perhaps even worse, lose to fiercest rival Tottenham Hotspur at home, in disgraceful fashion to boot, for the first time ever during the long reign of the Frenchman. (Matt Dunham/AP)
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North London Derby match-winner YOUNES KABOUL, who rejoined Spurs from FC Portsmouth for a reported 9.5 million English pounds in January of 2010, is congratulated by Wales international midfielder GARETH BALE (left) and England international midfielder JERMAINE JENAS (8) as Tottenham Hotspur topple North London rival FC Arsenal away in for the first time in 17 years in dramatic fashion at the relatively new Emirates Stadium in the Borough of Islington. (Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images)

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