That Thrilling Derby At White Hart Lane


It’s always refreshing knowing it’s the month of July, and just like any football (soccer) enthusiast we know it is the first attempt to see our supported team(s) before the season starts; display new kits and summer signings, new manager and backroom staffs, tactics and friendly competitions played in different regions.

With Alexandre Lacazette making the most headline this week in North London, of undergoing a medical with Arsenal is well received by fans and the club officially announcing the signing – to make Lacazette the most expensive signing in Arsenal’s history. Lacazette I believe would be a great addition to the attacking department provided we keep hold of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Oliver Giroud.

Yes, I said Oliver Giroud because he deserves more credit than he’s currently getting, last season he showed he could provide the aerial threat and physicality Sanchez lacks.

In today’s throwback edition of Thursday, I want to cast your memory to one of the most electrifying North London Derby I’ve watched thus far. White Hart Lane witnessed on the electrifying performances of a North London Derby on the 13th of November 2004, which a total of nine goals were scored in that very match.

The Arsenal team included; Fredrik Ljungberg, Lauren, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Ashley Cole, Thierry Henry, Jose Antonio Reyes, Cesc Fabregas, Kolo Toure, Pascal Cygan , Jens Lehmann, while the Spuds team involved Jermain Defoe, Paul Robinson, Ledley King, Michael Brown, Michael Carrick, Reto Ziegler, Noureddine Naybet, Robbie Keane, Erik Edman, Pedro Mendes, Noe Pamarot.

Spurs drew first blood in the match when Naybet acted quickly to a Michael Carrick free-kick in the 36th minute but Thierry Henry (Titi) who had been relatively quiet in the first half, sprout to life in injury time of the first half to bring the match level. A well-timed pass from Lauren was controlled by Henry who had to run in-between two defenders and was calmly slotted in the goal post of Paul Robinson.

In the 55th minute, Lauren made it 2-1 to the Arsenal from the spot kick when Pamarot brought down Ljungberg in the penalty box, in what was a team error by Spurs. It quickly became 3-1 to Arsenal four minutes later when Vieira robbed Naybet off the ball with ease and brushed aside the feeble defenders of Spurs to calmly beat Robinson.

Two minutes later, Jermaine Defoe thought he had restored momentum to Spurs after bursting through a couple of Arsenal players and found the top corner of a hapless Jens Lehmann from 18 yards. Arsenal would temporarily have their two-goal lead restored in the 69th minute through Ljungberg after a Francesc Fabregas reverse pass left the Spurs defence in a shambolic state, leaving Ljungberg to calmly slot home Arsenal’s fourth goal of the match.

Ledley King cut down the deficit to one in the 73rd minute when he headed in an exquisite delivery from Carrick to keep the game within grasp. Substitute Robert Pires would go on and score Arsenal’s fifth and last goal of the match from a tight angle with Henry laying off the assist to his fellow Frenchman. An 88th-minute error from Henry gifted substitute Kanoute with a goal and perhaps consolation to a thrilling game.