Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Last Updated: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:53
Walcott garbbed a brace as Arsenal came back from 0-2 to thrash Tottenham 5-2 in the North London Derby at the Emirates.
Tottenham were two goals to the good after thirty-five minutes but a stunning Arsenal comeback saw them cruise to a three goal victory.
Louis Saha's deflected effort looped over Wojciech Szczesny and into the net after just four minutes.
Spurs doubled their lead with Emmanuel Adebayor's penalty after Szczesny brought down Gareth Bale in the box. The Togolese striker finished confidently and Arsenal seemingly had a mountain to climb.
Five minutes from the break Bacary Sagna headed home Mikel Arteta's cross seconds after Robin van Persie had hit the post to start a memorable Gunners comeback.
The equaliser came three minutes later. Benoit Assou-Ekotto's clearance fell for Van Persie who curled the ball past Friedel and into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Tomas Rosicky scored his first Premier League goal in over two years on 50 minutes as Arsenal edged ahead. Rosicky latched onto Sagna's deflected cross and stabbed past Friedel at the near post.
Theo Walcott scored fifteen minutes later as Van Persie fed the winger on the counter attack. Walcott burst into the box and lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper to double Arsenal's lead.
Seconds later that lead was extended again. Alex Song found Walcott in the right channel and he finished low into the bottom corner.
Spurs' misery was compounded in the final stages as Scott Parker picked up his second yellow card and headed for an early bath after a foul on Thomas Vermaelen.