Belfast Telegraph

Friday 9 October 2015

Harry’s game is a Houdini act

Published 30/10/2008

Harry Redknapp's magic touch worked again as Tottenham grabbed goals in the 89th and 93rd minutes to secure a point against rivals Arsenal who shot themselves in the foot at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners led 4-2 and only had to play out time but left manager Arsene Wenger stunned as they unbelievably dropped a valuable point to their north London rivals whom Redknapp has dramatically turn around in two matches.

Trailing to David Bentley's stunning opener, Arsenal exposed Spurs' weakness at defending set-pieces to lead through Mikael Silvestre and William Gallas.

Emmanuel Adebayor added his obligatory goal — he now has eight from seven starts against Spurs — before Darren Bent pulled one back.

Robin van Persie, who had a hand in Arsenal's previous goals, netted his 50th goal for Arsenal but Spurs have a new resilience under Redknapp and Jermaine Jenas' late strike gave them hope before Lennon struck at the death.

Redknapp's first week in charge just gets better and better.

Spurs remain bottom of the Premier League but the comeback proved Cesc Fabregas wrong after he said Arsenal's ladies team would give Redknapp's (pictured) men a run for their money.

Aside from that remark, there were plenty of points to prove for Spurs' players, and none more so than Bentley, who found his opportunities at Arsenal limited before getting loaned out and sold in 2006.

There was also Luka Modric, who Gunners boss Arsene Wenger deemed too lightweight to succeed in England. Gareth Bale, meanwhile, still has not won a league game with Spurs since arriving 18 months ago from Southampton.

Spurs went ahead through a Bentley moment of magic.

Arsenal failed to clear convincingly from defence, leading to Modric heading the loose ball over his head towards Jenas.

Jenas chested the ball to Bentley, who took one touch to keep the ball in the air before unleashing a 40-yard volley which

swerved over Manuel Almunia.

Gallas went close after the type of fumble from goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes that has become commonplace. The ball broke to Gallas but the finish cleared the crossbar.

Gomes was then at full stretch to deny Fabregas but Arsenal were level from the corner. Van Persie swung over the set-piece and Silvestre headed home as Gomes flapped.

It took Arsenal less than a minute to take the lead after the restart, following a foul by Huddlestone when he hauled back Van Persie.

Van Persie took the free-kick and Gallas headed home his fourth goal of the campaign.

Adebayor flashed wide from the edge of the area, but he made no mistake when Arsenal broke in the 64th minute.

Van Persie sent Samir Nasri through to lob Gomes, with Adebayor beating Alan Hutton to the ball to force it home.

Bent was sent on and pulled a goal back after Huddlestone's drive was not held cleanly by Almunia, but Van Persie restored the two-goal advantage in the next move. Hutton's sloppy pass was picked up by Adebayor, who fed Van Persie to lash home.

That looked like game over but Jenas found the top corner with a minute of time remaining, setting up a frantic finale in which Lennon snatched a

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