The rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is one of the most fierce rivalries in Britain.Both Arsenal and Tottenham fans have recognised each other as one of their biggest rivals and their derby is one of the most anticipated match in English football.Contests between these two have led to many exciting matches and today let us have a look at some of the best North London derbies ever.
Here are the top 10 best North London derbies ever –
10.Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal (1991)
This was the first FA Cup semi-final played between the two sides. Many fans were hoping to see Spurs star Paul Gascoigne continue his brilliant form, following dazzling goals against Oxford, Portsmouth and Notts County in the earlier rounds.
Five minutes into the game, Gascoigne scored from a 35 yard free kick that was hit with such power and accuracy that it left Seaman clutching at thin air.
Five minutes later Gary Lineker increased Spurs’ lead. Arsenal scored just before half-time through Alan Smith but Lineker scored the third after 78 minutes to take Spurs to the Final. Gazza played for only an hour but left to an ovation – ’Spurs Hero of Wembley’ but everyone played their part in this memorable victory.
9.Tottenham 0-5 Arsenal (1978)
The Christmas period of 1978 brought an unexpected gift for Arsenal.It was an unforgettable outcome on an afternoon the Gunners produced arguably their greatest performance during manager Terry Neill’s seven years at the helm.
In a team containing Pat Rice, Arsenal tore their north London neighbours – who had just been promoted – apart. Alan Sunderland grabbed a hat-trick, Frank Stapleton also got on the score sheet and Liam Brady’s edge of the area screamer was pure brilliance.
Neill’s side went on to finish seventh, four places above Tottenham that season. The result remains Arsenal’s biggest post-war triumph at White Hart Lane.