One of the two Domestic Knockout cups in English Football, the League Cup has always seen some interesting matches and this year, Arsenal and Tottenham will take on each other in a North London Derby in the initial rounds of the Capital One Cup. Both Clubs will take this game seriously as it is a chance at silverware.
Arsenal and Tottenham have played some of the memorable games in the past. The derby between these two teams never lacks excitement and is usually full of energy and we can expect nothing less from this cup tie.
Here is a chance to re-live the most exciting and memorable North London Derbies from the past.
Arsenal 3-3 Tottenham (2011)
A league match in 2011 between these two big guns saw a match that had its twists and turns. Walcott opened the scoring for Arsenal within seven minutes, but his goal was cancelled by Rafael van der Vaart. But Arsenal scored two more goals as Nasri and Van Persie were on target.
Tom Huddlestone pulled on back just before the break and set up an epic second half. With just 20 minutes to go for the full-time whistle, Szczesny fouled Aaron Lennon as the referee pointed to the spot. Van der Vaart was on target as he scored an equalizer and the game ended in a 3-3 draw. This is one of the most memorable clashes between these two teams.
Tottenham 5-1 Arsenal (2008)
The two teams faced-off in the League Cup Semi-Final in 2008. Tottenham failed to beat Arsenal for 9 years before this game and almost broke the spell when they drew 1-1 in the first leg. The home leg, however, saw Tottenham dominate the Gunners as they put 5 past a helpless Arsenal defense.
Jermaine Jenas, Robbie Keane, Aaron Lennon and Steed Malbranque were all on the score card and Nicklas Bendtner score an own goal for Arsenal. The Spurs entered the final on a high with a 5-1 victory over their rivals.
Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham (2008)
In October 2008, the league match between these two teams was a goal fest. David Bently opened the scoring for Arsenal with a sublime strike from 40 yards out but his effort was cancelled out Mikael Silvestre shortly before the break. Adebayor and Robin van Persie stuck after the break along with Gallas giving the hosts a three-goal lead.
But late goals from Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon scored late into the game and gave Tottenham a point from this game. This match is one of the best comebacks in a North London derby.
Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal (2004)
In the month of November in 2004 a see-saw of a game saw Arsenal run away with all three points from the White Hart Lane. Naybet scored the first goal of the game for Spurs but Thierry Henry struck before the break to tie the score. After the restart, Lauern put the Gunners in front. Patrick Viera and Jermain Defoe scored goals within a minute as the tie was poised going into the final third of the game.
Freddie Ljungberg scored an equalizer for the Gunners and a late strike from Robert Pires finished a memorable victory for Arsenal. This game had all the makings of an epic encounter between two fierce rivals.
Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal (2004)
A throwback to when Arsenal won ‘The Invincibles’ tag in 2004. Arsenal needed just a point from this game to lift the Barclays Premier League trophy in that season. Patrick Viera started brightly for Gunners as he put them in front before Robert Pires gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead.
But Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Keane were on target for the Spurs as they set up a tense finish at the White Hart Lane. Arsenal however, hung on to a draw and that point was enough to see them crowned as the Domestic Champion of England in the 2003-04 season.
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