Spurs earn point in derby thriller
Arsenal threw away the chance to put themselves back in the Barclays Premier League title race as they surrendered a second-half lead to draw 3-3 with Tottenham in a six-goal north London derby thriller at White Hart Lane.
The Gunners led 3-2 at half-time as Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie netted for them, with Rafael van der Vaart replying for the home side before Tom Huddlestone's 20-yard rocket cut the deficit to one.
A 70th-minute penalty from Van der Vaart ensured that Spurs picked up a point, meaning that Arsenal dropped to third, six points behind leaders Manchester United.
The game started well for Arsene Wenger's men as the game lived up to it's pre-match billing with three goals within the first 12 minutes.
Cesc Fabregas took advantage of Huddlestone's carelessness in the centre of the park to release Walcott, who calmly slotted past Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes from inside the box.
Just two more minutes had passed before Van der Vaart equalised. Vedran Corluka threaded the Dutchman through before he beat Wojciech Szczesny at his near post.
Arsenal were back in the lead five minutes later though as Tottenham's defence were made to pay for backing off as Nasri fired a deflected shot past Gomes from 25 yards.
The Gunners extended their lead thanks to William Gallas' mistake. The former Arsenal man failed to clear the ball inside the Tottenham box and Walcott crossed to find Van Persie, who beat Gomes at the second attempt after the Brazilian had palmed away the striker's first header.
Two minutes before the break Huddlestone put Spurs back in the game with a wonderfully-hit half-volley from 20 yards.
Spurs were handed a golden chance to get back into the game when Szczesny tripped Lennon in the box in the 70th minute and Van der Vaart duly obliged to make it 3-3.