The 169th North London derby had an identical scoreline to the one that preceeded it as Arsenal saw off the challenge off a battling Tottenham side 5-2, having benefitted greatly from being a man-up for the bulk of the contest. Emmannuel Adebayor scored the opening goal of the game in the 10th minute, but soon turned from hero to villain when he received his marching orders 7 minutes later for a reckless challenge on Santi Cazorla. Arsenal turned the game around by half-time, with goals from Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud putting them 3-1 ahead. Tottenham's 10-men came out charged up after the break, and bossed possession for large periods, but it was Arsenal who put the game to bed through the excellent Santi Cazorla on the hour mark. Gareth Bale pulled one back for Spurs to keep things interesting, but Arsenal held on for the win, and even added a 5th late on with Theo Walcott getting on the scoresheet.
It was hardly a typical Arsenal performance, and not necessarily one from which they will draw a lot of confidence, but the good news for the Gunners is that their new approach of getting the ball into wide areas, and crossing early is seeing them create more chances than in recent weeks, and their accuracy in front of goal has also improved tremendously. Spurs will be disappointed with the outcome, and showed plenty of heart and character after going a man down, and it was Adebayor and not Andre Villas-Boas who lost this one for Spurs.