Gunners battle back for derby glory
Arsenal completed an incredible comeback as they recovered from a two-goal deficit to thrash north London rivals Tottenham 5-2 at the Emirates Stadium.
Spurs had looked set for victory as early as the fourth minute when Louis Saha's shot deflected off Thomas Vermaelen and looped in. Harry Redknapp's side doubled their advantage in the 34th minute when former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor slotted home a penalty on his 28th birthday.
Robin van Persie fired home three minutes after Bacary Sagna had pulled one back as the Gunners went in level at the break. Tomas Rosicky gave them the lead six minutes into the second half and Theo Walcott's brace wrapped up the resounding victory and to make matters worse for Tottenham, influential midfielder Scott Parker was sent off late on.
Arsenal's shambolic defending was punished after just four minutes. Former Gunners striker Adebayor, celebrating his 28th birthday, played the ball into a gaping hole for Saha, with Vermaelen deflecting the Frenchman's shot over the stranded Wojciech Szczensy.
Tottenham were awarded a controversial 32nd-minute penalty when Gareth Bale was under pressure from Kieran Gibbs but threw himself to the floor under what looked like no contact from Szczensy and Adebayor kept his cool to score but wisely chose not to celebrate.
But Arsenal rallied and Van Persie was unlucky to hit the post before Mikel Arteta swept the ball back in and Sagna powered home a header.
Van Persie then pounced on a loose Benoit Assou-Ekotto clearance, and turned on to his left foot before curling beyond Brad Friedel.
Rosicky made it 3-2 in the 51st minute, playing a one-two with Sagna before poking in the latter's deflected cross.
In the 65th minute Yossi Benayoun released Van Persie, who held off Ledley King and Younes Kaboul before squaring for the onrushing Walcott to clip the ball over Friedel.
It was Tottenham's defence that was now all over the place and Kaboul played Walcott onside, the winger racing onto Alex Song's pass and finding the bottom corner. Parker was then shown a second yellow card for treading on Vermaelen's toe two minutes from time.