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Declan's "Last Five", Arsenal (Home) 17.11.01

Here is Declan Mulcahy's "Last Five"

THE LAST FIVE SEASONS:
ARSENAL (HOME)



P  W  D  L  F  A
5  1  3  1  5  6

Played in all five games, Tottenham: Carr, Campbell Arsenal: Dixon, Keown, Vieira, Bergkamp

Three of the last five games have been draws not a surprise in a derby game. Sol Campbell who played in the game for Spurs in the last five seasons will now appear for Arsenal which will give the game an edge. Following are the details of the last five games.

Monday 18 December 2000
Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1
Rebrov 31.
Arsenal (0) 1
Vieira 89.

Tottenham Hotspur (3-5-2):
N Sullivan; C Perry, S Campbell (capt), A Thelwell; S Carr, D Anderton, T Sherwood, L King, S Clemence; S Rebrov (C Armstrong 81), L Ferdinand.
Substitutes not used: I Walker, S Freund, O Leonhardsen, G Doherty.
Booked: L Ferdinand, T Sherwood.

Arsenal (4-4-2):
A Manninger; L Dixon, M Keown, T Adams (capt), Silvinho; F Ljungberg, R Parlour, G Grimandi (P Vieira 62), R Pires (D Bergkamp 62); Kanu (S Wiltord 71), T Henry.
Substitutes not used: O Luzhny, J Lukic.
Booked: R Pires.

Attendance: 36,062
Referee: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees).

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

Spurs took the lead in the first half only for Arsenal to steal a draw a minute from the end in the 139th derby game. There was rain during the game which produced slippery conditions. Sullivan was the man of the match and two of the younger players King and Thelwell were also outstanding.

Spurs had an opportunity after only three minutes when Carr crossed to Clemence who set up Rebrov. From his shot Arsenal were satisfied to concede a corner. Then Kanu and Silvinho combined for Arsenal before crossing for Parlour who then passed back to Kanu. However he could only shot straight at Sullivan.

Anderton had a run, followed by a low shot from which Manniger had to make a diving save. In the 31st minute Spurs took the lead. Carr crossed the ball from the corner. Keown headed the ball out but it went to Clemence. He passed to Anderton who shot. Manninger reached the ball but could not hold it. The ball rebounded and Rebrov showed excellent anticipation to be in the right position before heading the ball off the pitch high into the net. Ferdinand and Sherwood could have been penalised for being offside but the referee decided they were not interfering with play.

Pires had an opportunity before half time when Kanu crossed the ball for him but again it went straight to Sullivan.

After the interval Arsenal started to dominate. Henry set up Grimandi but Sullivan saved. Then Henry shot but Sullivan made a great reaction save.

Thelwell set up Rebrov after a poor Arsenal clearance but Rebrov made a mess of his shot. Then Anderton crossed for Sherwood who came sliding in but his shot hit the side netting. Clemence also had an opportunity but could not make it count.

After 62 minutes Arsenal made a double substitution which would impact on the game when Vieira replaced Grimandi and Bergkamp came on for Pires.

A poorly judged headed back pass from Perry forced Sullivan into a diving save. But then after Sullivan failed to hold an Arsenal shot Perry redeemed himself by clearing. Then Bergkamp shot and while Sullivan saved the ball it rebounded and hit Henry who could not convert it.

Spurs had a couple of more opportunities without scoring. With a minute left Arsenal won a corner. Silvinho crossed for Vieira to head home and salvage the draw. There was some controversy with Spurs claiming that Vieira had fouled Ferdinand as the corner was being taken but the referee awarded the goal.

Tim Sherwood scores a cracking free kick to put Spurs 2 up. Note that the man in red trying to prevent the goal was later sent off. Typically, discipline was a problem for the team from down the road in this game

Sunday 7 November 1999
Tottenham Hotspur (2) 2
Iversen 7, Sherwood 20
Arsenal (1) 1
Vieira 39

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, C Perry, S Campbell (capt), J Edinburgh; O Leonhardsen (R Fox 88), T Sherwood, S Clemence, D Ginola (J Dominguez 89); C Armstrong, S Iversen.
Substitutes not used: E Baardsen, R Vega, L Young.
Booked: J Edinburgh, O Leonhardsen, S Clemence, S Carr.

Arsenal (4-4-2):
D Seaman; L Dixon, M Keown, T Adams (capt), N Winterburn; F Ljungberg, P Vieira, E Petit (G Grimandi 78), M Overmars; D Bergkamp, Kanu (D Suker 73).

Substitutes not used: A Manninger, N Vivas, M Upson.
Booked: E Petit, D Bergkamp, M Keown, P Vieira, L Dixon, D Suker.
Sent off: F Ljungberg, M Keown.

Attendance: 36,085
Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill).

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

Arsenal had two players sent off in a game which Spurs won three days after they had been eliminated from the UEFA Cup by Kaiserslautern. Spurs played particularly well for the first twenty minutes. Although Arsenal were reduced to ten men for the second half they still had Spurs on the defensive for a lot of the half. Two Arsenal players received red cards and another five got yellow cards in a very physical game.

Spurs had an opportunity as early as the first minute when Leonhardsen passed to his countryman Iversen whose shot was deflected for a corner. After seven minutes Sherwood intercepted an Arsenal clearance and passed to Leonhardsen. He lofted the ball over the Arsenal defence, where Iversen who had made a good run shot under Seaman to score with the Arsenal defence vainly appealing for offside.

Adams headed over for Arsenal from a Petit corner. Petit fouled Armstrong close to the penalty area and was booked for his efforts. From the free kick Sherwood bent the ball round the wall past Seaman to put Spurs 2-0 up.

Kanu put the ball in the net for Arsenal from a corner but his effort was disallowed because of a foul on Armstrong who was defending on the Spurs goal line.

Arsenal pulled a goal back in the 39th minute. Petit took a free kick which Vieira headed. It hit the right post and travelled across the goal before entering the net. Iversen had a couple of chances before half time but could not score.

Early in the second half Dixon had a long range effort saved by Walker. Then Ljungberg was through but Campbell made a fine saving tackle. Then Ljungberg was the aggressor in an incident with Edinburgh and was sent off. This incident resulted in a melee.

Ginola had a couple of runs for Spurs but nothing came of them. With about fifteen minutes to go Walker saved the game for Spurs when he made two fine saves in close succession from Overmars and the rebound from Suker. Another effort from Suker was shot straight at Walker.

Sherwood could have been sent off after elbowing Petit an incident which resulted in Petit being substituted injured. Keown was sent off late in the game for a bad tackle on Dominguez which constituted a second bookable offence. Adams and Suker compounded the offence by trying to stop the Spurs physiotherapist from coming on to treat Dominguez.

Wednesday 5 May, 1999
Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1
Anderton 43.
Arsenal (2) 3
Petit 17, Anelka 33, Kanu 85.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, L Young, S Campbell (capt), M Taricco (A Sinton 77); D Anderton, S Freund, T Sherwood, D Ginola (J Dominguez 77); C Armstrong, S Iversen.
Subs not used: E Baardsen, R Nilsen, S Clemence.
Booked: L Young, D Anderton.

Arsenal (4-4-2):
D Seaman; L Dixon, M Keown, T Adams (capt), N Winterburn: R Parlour (N Vivas 57), P Vieira, E Petit, M Overmars (G Grimandi 87), D Bergkamp (N Kanu 75), N Anelka.
Subs not used: J Lukic, K Diawara.
Booked: R Parlour, E Petit, L Dixon.

Attendance: 36,019
Referee: S Dunn (Bristol)

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

Arsenal kept their title hopes alive with this win at White Hart Lane late in the season. Prior to the game there was a minutes silence for the late Sir Alf Ramsey. Arsenal created a lot of chances in the first half but did not capitalise on them.

Ginola had an effort in the opening minute which led to a corner. Then Bergkamp got clear and set up Overmars but Walker made a fine save. Then Walker made another fine save from Petit.

Arsenal opening the scoring after seventeen minutes when a Bergkamp pass beat the Spurs defence. Petit ran on to it before chipping it over Walker. Then Armstrong found himself unmarked in the Arsenal penalty area after a bad back pass from Dixon and with only Seaman to beat shot wide.

Campbell fouled Anelka on the edge of the Spurs box but Petit's free kick was poor. Parlour created an opportunity for Bergkamp after Ginola lost the ball in his own half but Bergkamp shot across the goal and wide.

Arsenal went two up after thirty three minutes when Bergkamp set up Anelka who ran between Campbell and Young to score.

Iversen had a chance from a corner but missed. Bergkamp again set up Anelka but Walker made a good save. A corner resulted From which Overmars headed against the crossbar.

After forty three minutes Spurs pulled a goal back. Vieira fouled Ginola. Sherwood took the free kick and tapped the ball to Anderton who scored with a low shot to the left hand corner.

Spurs attacked in the second half. An Anderton shot went just over the bar. Freund had a penalty appeal turned down. Freund crossed for Campbell to head the ball but Seaman saved. Iversen shot from twenty five yards but Seaman saved.

Arsenal clinched the game with a fine individual goal from Kanu five minutes from the end. He got the ball from a Vieira free kick with his back to the goal and he was being closely marked by Young. He flicked the ball over his head and swivelled past Young before volleying the ball past Walker.

Sunday 28 December 1997
Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1
Nielsen 28.
Arsenal (0) 1
Vega o.g. 62.

Tottenham (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, R Vega, S Campbell (capt), C Wilson; R Fox (J Dominguez 59), A Nielsen, C Calderwood, S Clemence; D Ginola (S Iversen 66), J Klinsmann.
Substitutes not used : E Baardsen, G Mabbutt, J Scales.
Booked : C Wilson.

Arsenal (4-4-2):
D Seaman; L Dixon (G Grimandi 25), M Keown, S Bould, N Winterburn; R Parlour, E Petit, P Vieira, M Overmars; D Bergkamp (S Hughes 79), N Anelka (I Rankin 87).
Substitutes not used : A Manniger, M Upson.
Booked : S Bould, M Keown.

Referee : Mr M D Riley (West Yorkshire).
Attendance : 29,610.

Managers: Christian Gross (Tottenham), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

Jurgen Klinsmann returned to Spurs for his second spell but after taking the lead Spurs had to settle for a draw. Klinsmann received a rapturous reception when he came onto the pitch at the beginning. Arsenal were missing the injured Adams and the suspended Wright. However Klinsmann was lacking in fitness and did not have a major impact on the game. Spurs had conceded fourteen goals in their previous four games.

Ginola forced an early save from Seaman following a bicycle kick after a poorly cleared corner.

Spurs took the lead in the twenty eighth minute shortly after Grimandi had replaced the injured Dixon. Fox beat Winterburn before crossing and Nielsen running in met the ball with a half volley which hurtled past Seaman.

Anelka had an opportunity before half time when he beat the Spurs offside trap but his shot hit a post before being cleared by Calderwood.

Arsenal equalised in the sixty second minute, Parlour made a break. While still outside the penalty area he hit a shot which deflected off Vega totally wrong footing Walker before entering the net. Once they had drawn level Arsenal were content to settle for a point. The result left Spurs second from bottom of the Premiership table.

Saturday 15 February 1997
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0
Arsenal (0) 0.

Tottenham Hotspur (3-5-2):
I Walker; D Austin, C Calderwood, S Campbell; S Carr, D Anderton, D Howells (capt), A Sinton, J Edinburgh; S Iversen, R Rosenthal.
Substitutes not used : E Baardsen, C Wilson, R Fox, A Nielsen, R Allen.

Arsenal (3-5-1-1):
J Lukic; M Keown, A Adams, S Bould; L Dixon, P Vieira, P Merson (S Hughes 88), R Parlour, N Winterburn; D Bergkamp; I Wright.
Substitutues not used : S Marshall, L Harper, S Morrow, P Shaw.
Booked : R Parlour, S Bould

Attendance : 33,039.
Referee : Mr G Poll (Tring).

Managers: Gerry Francis (Tottenham), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

This was a somewhat dour 0-0 draw. Spurs had lost five of their six previous games.

Spurs had an opportunity in the opening minute when Edinburgh and Iversen played a one-two before setting up Rosenthal who was making his first appearance of the season. He missed despite having lots of time to tee up his shot. Iversen had a chance but headed straight at Lukic, The remainder of the first half was fairly devoid of footballing action both sides being overly cautious.

In the second half there was some more action. Anderton had a shot which Lukic required two efforts to save. Parlour had an opportunity after Walker had punched the ball out, but could not score. Carr had a long range shot which Lukic saved. Rosenthal had another effort at the end of the game but his shot flew across the goal without going in.

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