5 of the best North London derbies of the Premier League era
The English Premier League resumes this week and it kicks off with a mouthwatering fixture as Arsenal and Tottenham meet in the North London derby. It's one of the most anticipated matches in the Premier League.
When two fierce rivals meet, it's more than a football match for the fans who are forced to deal with various taunts at work or school when their side loses the game.
Throughout the years, the North London derby has offered a lot of memorable moments, exciting matches and plenty of drama.
#5 Tottenham 2 - 2 Arsenal, 05/03/2016
On a sunny day at the White Hart Lane, the two teams arrived at the match with low morale after both lost their previous league games midweek; Tottenham away at West Ham and Arsenal shockingly at home to a weakened Swansea side. Overall, the Gunners had suffered two losses on the bounce.
Arsene Wenger's men looked to be heading towards a third consecutive defeat when Francis Coquelin was sent off for a second yellow at the start of the second half and Tottenham came back from 1-0 to lead 2-1 with a Toby Alderfeireld goal and a Harry Kane wonder strike.
Tottenham dominated the match, as you would expect against ten men, recording 26 shots on goal, 11 of which were on target. Yet Arsenal managed to end their losing run.
Alexis Sanchez, who hadn't scored a Premier League goal since October, found the perfect time to end his drought. Hector Bellerin recorded assists on both Arsenal goals. The first one was a clever backheel finish by Aaron Ramsey from a corner.
The match ended up being a turning point in Arsenal's season. They went on an unbeaten run in the league to finish off the year and among others ended up leapfrogging the Spurs. A 2nd place finish was, and still is, the Gunners' best result since 2004/05.