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Tottenham v Arsenal – Past meetings

Arsenal won the 2003/04 Premier League title at White Hart Lane.

North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal will go head to head at Wembley in the Premier League on Saturday (John Walton/EMPICS Sport)
North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal will go head to head at Wembley in the Premier League on Saturday (John Walton/EMPICS Sport)

Tottenham host Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday with crucial Premier League points and local bragging rights on the line.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five classic north London derby encounters.

Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1 (Premier League, February 7 2015)

Harry Kane scored twice in the north London derby against Tottenham at White Hart Lane (John Walton/PA Wire)

For many, this was the day Harry Kane came of age.

The England forward scored twice as Spurs fought back from a half-time deficit to win and move above Arsenal in the table.

Kane’s second, a towering header four minutes from time, proved a fitting end to a pulsating contest at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal 4 Tottenham 4 (Premier League, October 29 2008)

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp saw his side pull off a remarkable 4-4 draw at the Emirates Stadium (Matthew Impey/EMPICS Sport)

Arsenal and Tottenham shared eight goals in a dramatic encounter at the Emirates Stadium.

Former Gunner David Bentley crashed in a stunning early long-range effort to put Spurs ahead.

Arsenal, though, rallied to exploit Harry Redknapp’s men at the back as Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor all scored to seemingly put the hosts in control at 3-1.

Darren Bent pulled one back before Robin van Persie looked to have settled the contest with a fourth Arsenal goal after 68 minutes.

However, with 89 minutes on the clock, Jermaine Jenas made it 4-3 to set up a grandstand final – and there was just enough time left for Aaron Lennon to net a dramatic equaliser to earn Spurs a share of the spoils.

Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2 (Premier League, April 25 2004)

Arsenal secured the 2003/2004 Premier League title at White Hart Lane (Sean Dempsey/PA Archive)

Not content with going on to become the first team in over 120 years to complete a top-flight campaign unbeaten, Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ sealed the 2003/04 Premier League title at White Hart Lane.

Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires struck in the first half to put the Gunners in charge.

Although David Pleat’s Spurs side produced a second-half fight back – secured with a last-minute penalty from Robbie Keane – it was not enough to stop fierce rivals Arsenal celebrating a famous title success in their own back yard.

Tottenham 3 Arsenal 1 (FA Cup semi-final, April 14 1991)

Paul Gascoigne (centre) scored a memorable free-kick as Spurs beat Arsenal in their FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley (Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)

Played at Wembley, Spurs revelled in an iconic FA Cup semi-final victory over the Gunners, inspired by a stunning long-range free-kick from Paul Gascoigne.

Under George Graham, Arsenal were heading toward their second First Division title in three seasons, and had sights set on the double.

However, Gascoigne set Spurs on their way after only five minutes – letting fly with a sublime 35-yard free-kick which flew into the top right-hand corner past David Seaman.

Spurs eventually won 3-1, Gary Lineker scoring twice. Terry Venables’ men went on to lift the trophy back at Wembley in the FA Cup final against Nottingham Forest, which saw Gascoigne taken off on a stretcher with a serious knee injury.

Tottenham 0 Arsenal 1 (First Division, May 3 1971)

Bertie Mee guided his Arsenal side to the Double in 1971 (Don Morley/EMPICS Sport)

Bertie Mee’s side made the short journey to White Hart Lane on the final day of the season knowing victory, or a goalless draw, would see Arsenal win the championship ahead of Leeds – and claim the title for the first time since 1953.

Spurs goalkeeper Pat Jennings, later to become a Gunner himself, held the visitors at bay until two minutes from time when he was beaten as Ray Kennedy’s header went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Five days later at Wembley, Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 to secure the double.

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