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The iconic moments from the North London derby

| 08.02.2018

This weekend’s Premier League action begins with a cracker as Tottenham Hotspur host Arsenal at Wembley.

It’s the 162nd league meeting between the two famous sides, and Saturday’s clash shouldn’t disappoint.

Both sides sit just outside the top four, but are desperately bidding to move into those Champions League spots.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Moura could all get their first taste of the derby too.

The game has a lot to live up too, having seen more than a few iconic moments down the years…

Take it away Thierry – 2002

This may have been peak Thierry Henry as far as Arsenal fans are concerned.

The Gunners legend collected the ball on the edge of the box following a Tottenham corner. Just a few seconds later he had sprinted the length of the pitch and slotted home at Highbury.

No Spurs player could get near him. And his celebration was later immortalised into a statue outside the Emirates.

Brilliance from Bentley – 2008

Questions will always be asked over just how good David Bentley could have been, and the Englishman displayed all his vision and talent in one single north London derby moment.

Receiving the ball 35 yards out at the Emirates, Bentley chested it up before volleying a stupendous strike beyond a hapless Manuel Almunia.

The goal set the tone for an enthralling match, as Spurs scored twice late on to claim a 4-4 draw.

Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal – 2004

This one isn’t so much an iconic moment as an iconic game.

It took 37 minutes for a goal to be scored, but that well and truly opened the floodgates.

Four second-half goals did the business for Arsenal, in a game which saw nine different players get on the scoresheet.

Danny Rose’s debut wondergoal – 2010

Making your Premier League debut at home to your club’s fiercest rivals is usually a daunting prospect.

Not so for a then-18-year-old Danny Rose.

The left-back walloped home a 25-yard thunderbolt to put Tottenham 1-0 up. And it came after just 10 minutes too.

It was a stunning announcement of Rose’s ability and all in a north London derby.

Kaboul ends Spurs drought – 2010

Tottenham hadn’t won at Arsenal in 17 years when they headed to the Emirates in 2010. So when they found themselves 2-0 down at half-time, that run looked like continuing.

Gareth Bale responded early in the second-half, before a Rafael van der Vaart penalty levelled the game.

But an unlikely hero arose with five minutes to play as Younes Kaboul headed in to finally give Tottenham fans a reason to go home happy.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.