The number of points offered may not change depending on the opposition, but some wins are really worth a lot more than others.
For Arsenal and Tottenham fans, no game is more important than the North London Derby – and here are some moments that will long be remembered by all who witnessed them.
Gazza Free Kick – 1991
Paul Gascoigne in a few words: daring, ridiculous, absolutely scandalous.
A sublime way to start an FA Cup semi-final.
#OnThisDay in 1991 Gazza scored that magnificent free kick against Arsenal in the FA Cup SF. What player
– Hotspur India (@Hotspur_India) April 14, 2017
Thierry Henry’s goal… and celebration – 2002
To underline how important this game is for both clubs: Thierry Henry’s exploits in 2002 were immortalized in the form of a statue outside the Emirates.
Henry’s goal remains one of the derby’s greatest, and his celebration remains iconic to this day.
#OTD 2002 Arsenal 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0
Speed, skill and judgment – Thierry Henry scores THIS goal against Spurs.
A goal (and a celebration), born of pure bravadopic.twitter.com/nPoeaoBe1z
– (@goonerbeau) November 16, 2019
Nine-Goal Nonsense – 2004
Premier League football, we are told, is the pinnacle. The best tacticians and the best players compete against each other, the first to retreat left for dead.
But every now and then we are faced with a complete abandonment of these principles. No real defensive commitment, just a craving for madness and a quest for lots of goals.
The North London derby is often good value for this.
On that day in 2004, Arsenal beat Tottenham 5-4 at White Hart Lane. pic.twitter.com/pHvIIjzhvl
– AFTV (@AFTVMedia) November 13, 2019
Coronation of the Invincibles – 2004
Not that Arsenal’s 2003-04 league campaign could have gone much better, but for the Gunners, winning the title at Tottenham was pretty perfect for the red half of north London.
Even Spurs fans could return home with a wry smile on their faces, having watched their team save a 2-0 draw thanks to Robbie Keane’s added time penalty.
But the day – and the season – belonged to Arsenal.
Les Invincibles: Who was your favorite player in the Arsenal 2003-04 squad? pic.twitter.com/J9BKCAvCCC
– Classic football shirts (@classicshirts) January 28, 2020
David Bentley’s Wonderful Goal – 2008
Say the words “David Bentley” and that’s the first moment that comes to mind.
The midfielder may not have lived up to expectations at Tottenham, but his best hour could not have been more spectacular.
Bentley’s ridiculous opening kicked off a ridiculous derby, which ended 4-4 after Spurs fought 3-1 and then 4-2.
– Premier League (@premierleague) June 22, 2017
Worth the wait – 2008
Between November 1999 and January 2008, Tottenham failed to beat their fierce rivals once.
But at that point – in the second leg of the League Cup semi-finals – Spurs could hardly have been more adamant, winning 5-1 in a game that saw Nicklas Bendtner take on teammate William Gallas.
January 22, 2008
One of Spurs’ best results in recent history
Tottenham 5-1 Arsenalpic.twitter.com/TQ6mI1OnT9
– Goal (@goal) January 22, 2019
Danny Rose’s Debut – 2010
You are making your Premier League debut. You are 19 years old. It’s the North London derby.
Keep it simple, don’t make any mistakes, and you can exit the game with your head held high.
Or you can just score the goal of the season after 10 minutes. This will also do the trick.
Danny Rose’s best moment in a #thfc shirt.
And what a start …
– Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) January 30, 2020
An unlikely hero – 2010
Even when Spurs started winning again against Arsenal, victory in the backyard of their rivals was elusive until 2010.
Back from 2-0, they ended a 17-year wait for a win for the Gunners, inspired by the attacking talent of Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart.
And yet, it was Younes Kaboul who emerged victorious.
#Derby day | Tottenham Hotspur have made a stunning comeback to win at Arsenal and dash the Gunners’ hopes of winning the Premier League.
With Gareth Bale, Rafael Van Der Vaart and a last minute winner from Younes Kabul for Spurs.
– Last word on spurs (@LastWordOnSpurs) September 1, 2019
What’s the score, Theo? – 2014
Derbies can do strange things to people.
Even Theo Walcott, the most placid, sane and uncontroversial footballer in football history, rose to the occasion in 2014.
Being on a stretcher with what would turn out to be a season-ending knee injury, Walcott responded to taunts from Spurs fans with a simple reminder of the score: 2-0. Fair enough.
– ITV Football (@itvfootball) January 4, 2014
One of ours – 2016
“He’s one of us,” will always be a controversial subject in north London when it comes to Harry Kane, but the forward is becoming an irrepressible figure in the derbies.
His goal at White Hart Lane in the 2015-16 season was a highlight.
Remember when Harry Kane did that against Arsenal? pic.twitter.com/SBLpJDvMFI
– Goal (@goal) August 30, 2019