Tottenham v Arsenal: Premier League updates and scores

Live text commentary as Tottenham defeat Arsenal in the north London derby as Spurs move seven points clear of the Gunners.

3 March 2013 Last updated at 18:57

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  1. 1850: 

    So a good day all round for Tottenham and their fans.

    That's it from me, join Mike Henson tomorrow night for the Villa v City game. Over and out.

  2. 1846: 

    Tomorrow night's clash between Aston Villa and Manchester City is a big game at both ends of the table now.

    A win for Villa would not only see them climb out of the relegation zone, leapfrogging Wigan, but would also mean that City are only two points above Spurs.

  3. 1845: 
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    Jacob M on text: "On the way back from the Spurs game. Gutted that Arsenal lost. It will be difficult to come back into the top four. I can still see some very positive signs about the way we are playing though. It is too soon to come to any conclusions about what the final table will look like."

  4. 1839: 
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    Edward Pickthorn: "Anyone else seeing Arsenal winning the Champions League in order for Chelsea or Tottenham to go into the Europa?? #possible"

  5. 1834: 

    Arsene Wenger looked frustrated in that BBC interview. As he said, a lack of quality in both penalty areas proved costly today. Can they make up that seven-point gap?

  6. 1834: 
    MANAGER REACTION
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "Suddenly we were 2-0 down after a tight opening. We were on top of the game when we conceded two goals. My team produced a lot of energy and desire but we were not decisive enough in either penalty area.

    "We played offside at the back when we shouldn't have done it. I feel sorry for the team and the fans. It's difficult to swallow.

    "We have to fight. It will be difficult to come in the top four now as we dropped points we couldn't afford to drop."

  7. 1830: 
    MANAGER REACTION

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "That was very important. It meant a lot for our fans - we wanted to get this one over Arsenal and create a distance between us. Seven points is not big enough in the Premier League, because this time last year Arsenal came back.

    "We aim to continue doing well, but we have difficult fixtures coming up against Manchester City and Liverpool. We will try and push on and qualify for the Champions League.

    "It's not over until the last game of the season. It's a good, important win against a top club who are fighting for the same objectives."

  8. 1829: 
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    Anthony, Nottingham: "I'd like to issue a plea to Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Martin Keown. Please can you all band together, show up at training at London Colney on Monday and sort this defence out?"

  9. 1826: 
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    Freddy Barratt: "Way too cautious these days to gloat too much. When it's mathematically impossible for Arsenal to catch up, then I'll chirp up."

    Ruridh Allen: "Arsenal as solid defensively as a jelly castle and as clinical in attack as... well can't even think of anything as bad as today."

    Stephen Porter: "Well done to Spurs, but I'm afraid one match doesn't cause a power shift. I seem to remember a 2-1 Spurs win last season..."

  10. 1826: 

    Former Arsenal captain Patrick Viera: "Really sorry for Arsenal. Now they must not stop fighting and keep going."

  11. 1824: 
    MANAGER REACTION
    Andre Villas-Boas

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "It was a very, very important win. We still have to fight hard, we have big weekends to come and we need to keep doing our job.

    "There is so much to go still. The motivation now is different, we are extremely confident and Arsenal are at a low."

  12. 1823: 

    Still no managers. They'd better have some good chat...

  13. 1821: 
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    Peter, Aldershot: "Wenger cannot get this Arsenal defence organised, and that is their weak link. he either gets a coach, or gets out."

    Jon, Bristol: "Looks bleak for Arsenal now but Spurs and Chelsea could easily drop points going to Liverpool & Man Utd respectively next weekend - still over 1/3 of the season left. Not over yet; could all look very different in seven days!"

  14. 1820: 

    Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City are all in Tottenham's next six matches, so let's not get the champagne on ice just yet. Spurs are playing very well though.

    We are still waiting for the managers...

  15. 1816: 

    That race for the Champions League places threatens to go to the wire. Plenty of Liverpool fans were tweeting in that they are in the mix last night...

  16. 1812: 

    Statisticians Opta: "Today's 2-1 victory over Arsenal is Tottenham Hotspur's 200th home win in the Premier League."

  17. 1811: 

    We are still waiting for reaction from the managers - I'll bring it your way as soon as we do hear.

  18. 1811: 
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    Daniel: "Spurs a one man team? Lloris, Dawson, Vertonghen..."

    Joe in Cardiff: "Arsenal have by far the easier run in out of the three teams chasing a champions league spot. It ain't over, not by a long shot."

    Nick from Reading: "If some Arsenal fans get what they want and Wenger leaves, I can see it being some time before they're challenging for the top four again."

  19. 1808: 
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    Ashley Hall: "Spurs will catch City, no doubt about it."

    James Dillon: "Spurs deserved the win, better going forward better at the back. Wenger, the end is nigh you can take us no further."

    Rayhill Dhansey: "We can still get top four. Spurs still have to play Chelsea, City and Liverpool."

  20. 1807:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "Great win for Spurs. Credit AVB with correcting the defensive line at half time."

  21. 1806:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Perfect week for AVB. Public show of affection from Bale at West Ham now crucial north London derby win. Stock rises again with Spurs fans."

  22. 1806: 

    Statisticians Infostrada: "Andre Villas-Boas is now on 100 Premier League points. He is currently on his longest unbeaten run in the Premier League (12 matches)."

  23. 1806: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal
    Michael Dawson

    Tottenham captain Michael Dawson: "It's massive. To go seven points clear is massive. We've got a great squad, it wasn't our best performance and we want to be back in the Champions League.

    "The fans go home happy and they will be buzzing."

  24. 1800: 

    Andre Villas-Boas must enjoy being above Chelsea in the table. He may have his sights set on second place now - Spurs are only two points behind Manchester City, who play Aston Villa tomorrow night.

  25. 1759: 
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    Hisham Alkooheji: "Mind the gap..."

    Jay: "Clearly a sign of a power shift in the capital. Tottenham to scale new heights while Arsenal try to find their feet again."

    Benjamin Downey: "For all the one man team talk I thought Spurs did, and have been, defending brilliantly."

  26. 1758:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 live

    "There was more leadership from the back of the Tottenham team than there certainly was from Arsenal. The Arsenal defending in the first half beggared belief, but you never expected that from Tottenham."

  27. 1757: 
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    Charlie C, London: "Arsenal didn't play badly, in fact I thought they were the better team. But once again defensive lapses cost us! When will we learn?"

    Gabriel, Arsenal fan, London: "I have always in the past believed Arsene should be given more time, but I think the time has finally come for him to leave and its not just on account of this game."

  28. 1757:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Jan Vertonghen is my man of the match. He had an excellent game. It was a good game to watch bearing in mind the derby intensity. Tottenham are victors and I think they deserved it because, with all the possession Arsenal had, they didn't convert it into shots on goal."

  29. 1755: 

    Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott embrace at the end of another captivating north London derby. The man of the moment Bale has been at it again, but Arsenal were much improved in the second half.

  30. 1754: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    And that's it! A massive win for Spurs, who go seven points clear of Arsenal and into third place in the Premier League table.

  31. 1753: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Kyle Walker is booked for thumping the ball away. Spurs bring on William Gallas for the last what, 30 seconds? Deep into deep stoppage time now...

  32. 1750: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets his size nines behind a clearance and clears the main stand, much to the delight of the home fans.

    Arsenal find another ball though and Lukas Podolski sees his shot deflected over - the Arsenal keeper is up for the corner!

    Hugo Lloris claws it away brilliantly though.

  33. 1750: 
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    Joseph: "Six minutes????? How???"

    Tom Adams: "Anxiously refreshing the live text, hoping Spurs hold on..."

    Hisham Alkooheji: "How great is it that we have football to watch Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week!"

  34. 1748: 
    Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Per Mertesacker joins the troops up front for Arsenal as they go direct, but he immediately gives away a foul in clumsy fashion. Can they fashion one more chance?

  35. 1748: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany: "Really hoping that Dembele's injury isn't bad. Important player for Tottenham but also for our national team, Belgium."

  36. 1747: 
    INJURY TIME- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    We will have SIX MINUTES of added time...

  37. 1745: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Theo Walcott has a free-kick from 25 yards for Arsenal - and he curls it just past the top corner! Not far away at all.

  38. 1745: 
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    James Elton: "It hurts me to say but Spurs are remarkably organised. If only the same was true for Arsenal."

    Rickard: "Can Wenger not see that Rosicky should be started more? Was great against Munich too..."

    Si: "Forget Bale - the way AVB has bounced back from both Chelsea and his difficult start at Spurs is worthy of greater commendation."

  39. 1744: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Mousa Dembele is able to leave the field under his own steam but Spurs do replace him with Jake Livermore. That has added a fair bit of stoppage time to this one. We are in the 88th minute now.

  40. 1742: 
    Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Brilliant play from Mousa Dembele as he robs Jack Wilshere of the ball, Gylfi Sigurdsson takes it on and fired wide.

    But Dembele is in real trouble here. His left knee rather buckled as he made that challenge and he looks in real pain.

  41. 1740: 
    FINAL FIVE- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Gareth Bale shoots from improbable range and distance and hits it straight at Wojciech Szczesny. We are in to the last five minutes or so now...

  42. 1738: 
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    Roy: "Defoe's done more in five minutes that Adebayor in 60. Adebayor is a waste of a shirt."

    Callum in Edinburgh: "When is football going to have the courage to book players regularly when hurling verbals at the ref? Surely the threat of increased red cards as a result would sort some of the problem of respect out. Rugby shames football in that respect."

  43. 1738:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a miss from Ramsey. What exactly happened to Tottenham's defence there? Ramsey had a huge gap to run into and he had a great opportunity to equalise."

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  44. 1737: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    And here's a chance for Arsenal! They spring Aaron Ramsey in behind the defence from right-back, he shoots early from 25 yards or so but it deflects wide of the far corner. He lacked conviction there though, you never really felt like he was going to bury that.

  45. 1735: 
    Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Only Reading have scored more goals in the last 10 minutes of Premier League games than Arsenal so far this season. They need another one here to level this up.

    Lukas Podolski's first involvement sees him threaten to break into the area but Hugo Lloris smothers it well.

  46. 1734: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Tiger, ask and ye shall receive. Lukas Podolski is on for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta is replaced. All-out attack for the Gunners now.

  47. 1733: 
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    Alfie Jones: "This game like a colander - holes everywhere. More goals surely?"

    Tiger: "Please bring Podolski on! What a waste of talent having him on the bench."

    Aaron Wunsh: "Watching live updates from an army base - come on you Spurs, hope we can hold on!"

  48. 1731: 

    We are into the final 15 minutes...

  49. 1729: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal just can't deal with these counter-attacks from Spurs. Aaron Lennon on the right is the man to threaten this time, backing Nacho Monreal into the penalty area and shooting with his left foot, it's blocked away for a corner though.

    The corner is cleared and then played back in, and Gareth Bale thumps a stinging half volley which Wojciech Szczesny holds well.

  50. 1728: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Dearie me, Spurs should have put this one to bed.

    They waste another clear chance, Scott Parker teeing up Jermain Defoe on the edge of the box but the England man drags his shot wide of the far post.

  51. 1728:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Gylfi Sigurdsson should have scored there. To me he pulled out of taking responsibility for putting the ball in the net. He just squared it instead."

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  52. 1726: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    What a chance for Spurs on the break again!

    Gareth Bale sends Jermain Defoe away down the right, he picks out Gylfi Sigurdsson inside the area, he has to shoot, but he somehow decides to try and pick out a team-mate and Arsenal's Per Mertesacker clears. Wasted opportunity.

  53. 1724: 
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    Paul Baker: "Clattenburg is handling this game superbly."

    Tom Fellows: "Big risk putting Ramsey, who is on a yellow card, at right-back against Bale."

    Paul Humphreys: "I thought Arteta was an attacking midfielder - why is Wenger playing him as a holding midfielder?"

  54. 1724: 
    Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    There are 25 minutes remaining. Arsenal have had the better of things since the break but can they find an equaliser?

  55. 1723: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Emmanuel Adebayor has to come off with that injury, it looks like an ankle injury. Jermain Defoe is on in his place.

  56. 1721: 
    HANDBAGS- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Emmanuel Adebayor goes down with an injury but Arsenal play on, as is their right. Arsenal then win a free-kick and Spurs kick-off, with Michael Dawson sprinting over to make his point heard. He then squares up to Thomas Vermaelen and referee Mark Clattenburg has to intervene. There are no bookings shown though.

  57. 1719: 
    Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    For all their problems, Arsenal can play some high-class stuff at times. They put together a passage of lovely one-touch stuff in and around the penalty area, with Santi Cazorla to the fore, but it ends with Theo Walcott flicking a header over the top. They are in a very attacking shape now, with Aaron Ramsey pushing on from deep on the right.

  58. 1719: 

    Former Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel: "The more I watch Lloris the more I like him."

  59. 1718:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    "Very good movement by Tottenham there. They maintained possession in their own half, waited to be ready, then attacked quickly. It was a cross, the ball came to Bale at pace, but it was an excellent goalscoring chance."

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  60. 1717: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal make a switch, with Tomas Rosicky on in place of Carl Jenkinson. It looks like Aaron Ramsey is the man to fill in at right-back - bold...

  61. 1716: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    It's a miraculous recovery from Olivier Giroud who is back on.

    But what a chance for Spurs! They counter at will, find Benoit Assou-Ekotto on the left and he whips in a cracking low cross which finds Gareth Bale - but he leans back and fires over. Let-off for the Gunners.

  62. 1715: 
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    Ben in Yeovil: "Mertesacker has scored twice in his Arsenal career, both against Spurs. Just start him up front in future and let him run riot."

    Peter from Aldershot: "Mertesacker is still useless!"

    Paul: "He's been slated all day so give Ramsey credit for earning that free kick. Great play!"

  63. 1713: 

    Olivier Giroud looks injured as he goes down heavily after winning a header, The Arsenal man may have done his shoulder here. Ouch.

  64. 1712: 

    Statisticians Opta: "Spurs have thrown away leads in their last two Premier League games against Arsenal and have lost both matches 5-2. Again?"

  65. 1711: 
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    Okunade Adeniyi: "The comeback is on!"

    Karl Adams: "Mertesacker scores against Spurs. As Per usual..."

    Sanj: "Here we go again... these Spurs v Arsenal games are never straightforward are they?"

  66. 1709: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal tails are up as Nacho Monreal crunches a shot wide from 25 yards. Per Mertesacker scored in the first meeting of these sides this season as well.

    Arsenal launch an attack down the right, Carl Jenkinson puts in a fizzing low cross which requires Hugo Lloris to gather strongly at his near post. It's all Arsenal now.

  67. 1709:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Arsenal are definitely back in it. They have got their goal very early on in this second half, and it's game back on."

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  68. 1708: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal - Per Mertesacker (51 mins)

    And that free-kick is important! Theo Walcott crosses, Per Mertesacker runs to the near post and heads home, with the ball taking a deflection off the head of Gareth Bale in the process.

    Is another comeback on? Arsenal came from 2-0 down to beat Spurs 5-2 last season...

  69. 1707: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal

    Well played Aaron Ramsey, as the Arsenal man rides two challenges in a tight area on the left wing before eventually winning a free-kick.

  70. 1707: 

    Statisticians Opta: "Arsenal have conceded fewer goals in the second half of matches than any other Premier League club (12) this season."

  71. 1705: 
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    Gareth Bale scores for Spurs

    Elliott Bambrough: "Watch the 'fans' get stuck into Wenger as usual. Is it his fault his defenders can't do the simple things right?"

    Adam Nash: "There have been too many comebacks in these games recently, Spurs need another goal to kill this."

    Nye Williams: "Did we judge AVB too quickly at Chelsea? Spurs look a slick side despite awful Arsenal defending. Got the best out of Bale too."

  72. 1703: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal need something to give them some belief here. Jack Wilshere is at the heart of all their play but a promising move ends with a raking pass going out of play.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson then shoots over for Spurs.

  73. 1701: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal

    Kyle Walker is late out of the changing rooms but he makes it out just in time for kick-off.

  74. 1700: 

    We are about to find out if Spurs can keep this up. The players are back out on the pitch.

  75. 1700: 

    Former Arsenal captain Patrick Viera: "It's a disaster. All Spurs in the first half. Hopefully they won't keep the same intensity in the second."

  76. 1700: 

    Statisticians Opta: "Tottenham Hotspur have never lost a Premier League match at White Hart Lane when leading by exactly two goals at half-time (W32 D1)"

  77. 1659: 
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    Matt Bickerton: "Looks like Bergkamp isn't the only new statue Arsenal have got this week."

    Alex in Bristol: "I'd take Collymore over Adebayor at the moment!"

    Charles from Milton Keynes: "Re: Dominic (1539) hope Sigurdsson has answered your question. Well done AVB."

  78. 1657: 
    SCOTTISH UPDATE

    Hibs are through to the semi-finals after sealing a thrilling win against Kilmarnock. Leigh Griffiths netted a hat-trick to send last season's finalists back to Hampden. They join Celtic, Dundee United and Falkirk in Monday's draw.

  79. 1656: 
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    Mo Orfy: "Why on earth are Arsenal playing a high line versus the fastest/quickest three forwards in town? Suicidal."

    James Keeling: "I think Wenger's time is up. Tactics have been totally wrong, his football philosophy is outdated. Spurs are far superior!"

    Jake Waring: "Just a quick mention for Clattenburg, who is having a brilliant game so far."

  80. 1654: 

    Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker were both sucked to the ball for that opening goal as Gylfi Sigurdsson threaded the pass through, while Vermaelen's first sight of Aaron Lennon for the second goal was when Lennon was in on goal.

  81. 1653: 
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    Paul: "Arsenal desperately need some quality up front - Giroud has a bad touch for every good one."

    Ryan in Peterborough: "Am I the only Gooner who can't see why Mertesacker gets picked over Koscielny? You could do your monthly food shop before he has turned in a full circle! Ridiculous."

    Nick from Watford: "You know your defence is bad when a Tottenham player who ISN'T Gareth Bale scores against you."

  82. 1650: 

    Tottenham fans are chanting that they want Arsene Wenger to stay as Arsenal manager at the moment. Can the Gunners possibly come back from this?

  83. 1649:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at White Hart LaneTottenham 2-0 Arsenal

    "Arsenal's good start means nothing. Spurs have a strong two-goal buffer but, hang on a minute, as Spurs have been in this position before and blown it."

  84. 1648:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 2-0 Arsenal

    "I'd like to hear what Arsene Wenger will say to his players. Basically, the defending today was like watching under-11s defend. If your player runs off you either go with him or pass him on to a player who is aware. There was none of that. It was boys defending."

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  85. 1648: 
    AS IT STANDS

    A win here for Spurs would move them seven points clear of Arsenal, and only two points behind second-placed Manchester City. A large 45 minutes for Arsenal coming up.

  86. 1647: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal

    Bookmakers up and down the land must hate the sight of Gareth Bale. He scored the first goal yet again as Tottenham hit two quick goals to leave Arsenal in trouble.

  87. 1647: 

    FA Premier League: "There were only two minutes and six seconds between the two quickfire Spurs' goals."

  88. 1646: 
    SCOTTISH LATEST

    Hibs at last put some distance between themselves and Kilmarnock. Ross Barbour is sent off for his foul on Leigh Griffiths and, from the free-kick, William Gros handles to give the visitors a penalty. Only one man was ever going to take the spot-kick and Griffiths blasts home for his hat-trick. Hampden awaits Hibs.

  89. 1646: 

    Former Liverpool and England striker Stan Collymore: "AVB, get me on. I want to run at this back four. Now!"

  90. 1645: 

    Steffen Freund may well be the most exuberant assistant manager since Brian Kidd in 1993. His celebrations for both goals were something else.

    Arsenal look understandably rocked by conceding those two goals. If they get the next one though you wouldn't rule them out of this.

  91. 1644:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "A word of advice to all those of you that have hammered Bale's performance in this game: best to wait in future."

  92. 1642: 
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    Sean Sonnekus: "What was Arsenal's defence doing there? A complete mess. Great pass it has to be said but shouldn't have got through."

    Jack Kent: "Terrible decision from AVB picking Sigurdsson... oh, wait."

    Bryan: "Apparently, Bale and Adebayor are invisible to linesmen when they're behind the defence before a pass comes to either of them."

  93. 1642: 
    SCOTTISH LATEST

    Hibs take the lead again after more uncertainty in the Kilmarnock defence. Leigh Griffiths turns to fire into an empty net after goalkeeper Cammy Bell fails to properly gather the ball.

  94. 1641: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal

    What a few minutes for Spurs then. Let's not forget that Arsenal have won the last two derbies 5-2, including coming from 2-0 down last season. There could well be plenty more goals to come.

  95. 1641:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 2-0 Arsenal

    "Talk about not running with your opponent. Lennon just cut across and nobody ran with him. The central defenders were all over the place. Arsenal had dominated but poor defending has really let them down. And when Arsenal were dominating where were their shots? If the end product isn't there, what does all that possession amount to?"

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  96. 1639: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal - Aaron Lennon (39 mins)

    Severe issues in the Arsenal backline as Spurs double the lead. Scott Parker claims the assist on this occasion, running in from that left channel before picking out Aaron Lennon with a surgical through-ball. Again the offside trap is all over the place, Lennon runs in from the right, skips around Wojciech Szczesny and rolls the ball home. Jubilant scenes at the Lane.

  97. 1638:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 1-0 Arsenal

    "I can only assume that the Arsenal central defenders were appealing for offside. They kept looking across at the assistant referee. It wasn't given and Bale tucked it away in a very confident fashion. That was his first piece of classy play, and Arsenal will be regretting letting him run when they definitely shouldn't have done."

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  98. 1636: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal - Gareth Bale (37 mins)

    You guessed it - Gareth Bale breaks the deadlock! It's a carbon copy of an earlier move as Gylfi Sigurdsson drifts in from the left, looks up and picks out Bale with a wonderful pass. Bale is just onside and finishes with the outside of his boot, flicking the ball home. That's 20 for the season.

  99. 1634: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal
    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

    It's all got a bit scrappy out there to be honest, basic mistakes have crept in as both sides give the ball away at will. Gareth Bale almost gets in to a shooting position but Jack Wilshere makes a fine tackle to poke the ball away.

  100. 1633:  
    Robbie Savage

    "Why do players say to the ref 'that's my first one' when they are going to get booked? A yellow card is a yellow card whether it's your first, second or third foul."

  101. 1631: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    Aaron Ramsey is almost played clear down the right after a wonderful touch from Jack Wilshere - Ramsey reacts slowly though and his cross is poor. We have sailed past the half-hour mark.

  102. 1629: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    The cards are totting up as Aaron Lennon skips clear down the right and Aaron Ramsey just pulls him back in true cynic style.

  103. 1628: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    Gareth Bale has drifted out to the right now and he beats two men with ease, winning another corner with a mazy run.

    It is cleared though and Jan Vertonghen is booked for bringing down Santi Cazorla on the halfway line.

  104. 1628: 
    SCOTTISH LATEST

    Level again at Rugby Park. Kilmarnock won a penalty following Lewis Stevenson's clumsy challenge on Paul Heffernan and the striker promptly despatched the spot-kick past Hibs keeper Ben Williams.

  105. 1627:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    "Arsenal have dominated possession and have moved it about very well, but they haven't yet had that end product. But Arsenal certainly have been the better team."

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  106. 1626: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal
    England boss Roy Hodgson at White Hart Lane

    England manager Roy Hodgson is in the stands this afternoon and one of his brood, Aaron Lennon gets on the ball for the first time, waltzing into the penalty area and winning a corner. Gareth Bale is then pelted by a banana as he takes the corner.

  107. 1624: 
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    Femi Ogunbodede: "Adebayor looking to repeat his red card shame again. Horrendous challenge."

    Matt Cartwright: "Another stupid challenge by Adebayor. Least he didn't get sent off this time. How many minutes can Defoe play?"

    Mark G: "Spurs must use this high defensive line because it works so well against Adebayor in training. Not the best litmus test."

  108. 1623: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal
    Benoit Assou-Ekotto of Spurs and Olivier Giroud of Arsenal

    End-to-end stuff again as Santi Cazorla slide a pass down the side of the Tottenham defence, Theo Walcott is in but Kyle Walker shepherds him away well.

  109. 1621: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    Lovely touch from Gylfi Sigurdsson, who cuts in from that left wing to play a beautiful through-pass for Gareth Bale but he can't quite reach it. Bale was onside as well, he timed his run to perfection.

  110. 1618: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    Emmanuel Adebayor was sent-off against Arsenal earlier this season, and he is wild again as he charges in to Thomas Vermaelen. It's wild, it's out of control and he is rightly booked by referee Mark Clattenburg.

  111. 1618: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom Swain: "Giroud is good at that. Looking good and looking rubbish in two consecutive touches. And then holding his face."

    Shaun Forster: "I'm making the shout - Wenger's cautious lineup is genius. Ox, Gervinho and Podolski to stretch Spurs' tired legs late on."

    J Banerji: "Bit toothless for a north London derby so far. Bit toothless for any derby for that matter. Bale hype appearing overblown."

  112. 1616: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    The crowd are on their feet as Spurs release Gareth Bale for the first time all game, but his touch is heavy and he is tackled instantly. This is better from the hosts though.

  113. 1616:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "Spurs need to change this ludicrous high-line, off-side game plan sharpish. With no pressure on the ball it's suicidal. Basics..."

  114. 1614: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    Spurs have just started to settle the game down maybe. The pace has dropped as the Spurs midfield keep hold of the ball for a sustained spell.

  115. 1614:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "Proper game!"

  116. 1611: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    This is 90mph stuff. Arsenal almost in again though Aaron Ramsey but Hugo Lloris is out quickly to mop up. A manic opening spell!

  117. 1611:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    "What a great tackle that was from Vertonghen. That's what central defending is all about. He saved a goal there."

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  118. 1609: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal pop the ball around nicely in midfield before Gareth Bale almost launches a counter attack.

    But then Arsenal are in as Olivier Giroud latches on to a wonderful pass over the top, the Frenchman delays and Jan Vertonghen is able to make a superb saving challenge. Good chance that.

  119. 1608:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    "Arsenal have started the brighter, but we've just had a few minutes of end-to-end play and both teams are very much up for this. You wouldn't expect anything else."

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  120. 1607: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    There is pace everywhere you look today.

    Spurs right-back Kyle Walker streaks past three Arsenal defenders on a flying run but his cross is eventually blocked.

  121. 1605: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    Aaron Ramsey is dispossessed on the edge of the Spurs penalty area and Tottenham have their first chance to counter at speed. Obviously Gareth Bale is the ball carrier and is as surprised as anyone to see centre-half Jan Vertonghen on his shoulder. The Belgian can't collect Bale's pass though and the move breaks down.

    Theo Walcott then threatens at the other end as he wins a corner off Michael Dawson. Olivier Giroud heads on but it's an easy stop for Hugo Lloris.

  122. 1605: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Angela: "The Arsenal defence must be sweating like pigs at a butcher's when Bale stands over a free kick!"

    Ben Aitkenhead: "Arsenal line-up is cautious. The Ramsey selection forces Carzola into wide position. Has not worked all year."

    Mark Davies: "Can't wait to see Gareth Bale one-on-one with Mertesacker! Like running round a cone!"

  123. 1603: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    Gylfi Sigurdsson has started wide on the left for Spurs with Gareth Bale playing in and around Emmanuel Adebayor. Do not let Bale shoot...

  124. 1601: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    Gareth Bale has a free-kick inside the opening minute - he crosses this one though and Michael Dawson is offside as he tries to get on the end of it.

  125. 1600:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    "This game is all about winning. A draw will feel like a loss for both sides. For both Tottenham and Arsenal, these are the games you've got to win."

    You can hear commentary from White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  126. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

    We are off.

  127. 1557:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    "This is a really tough one, but I'm going to go for a Tottenham win..."

  128. 1556: 
    Tottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    Here we go then. The 22 men are out on to the playing surface in what is a cracking atmosphere. Who will come out on top?

  129. 1555: 
    Tottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    It's all very friendly in the tunnel as players from both sides shake hands and embrace. This is just not on. You wouldn't get this from Tony Adams and Gary Mabbutt...

  130. 1553:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    "In this game there are players that managers will have given specific roles to perform. If they are incapable of delivering then they will find themselves in trouble."

  131. 1553: 

    Statisticians Opta: "No fixture has seen more goals scored in Premier League history than those between Tottenham and Arsenal (121 goals in 41 games)"

  132. 1553: 

    We are just 10 minutes from kick-off then. What was your favourite north London derby? Mine was probably the 5-4 win for Arsenal at White Hart Lane in 2004. Nine different goalscorers, late drama, just general madness. The 4-4 at the Emirates when David Bentley scored from 40 yards was superb as well. As a rule they tend to be quality...

  133. 1548: 

    Now there was a player. Marc Overmars could fly. There are full-backs who played in the late 1990s who still wake screaming in the night thinking about him.

  134. 1548:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    Former Arsenal midfielder Marc Overmars on 5 live Sport: "If you play as a winger and you don't get any useful balls from the midfield or the full-backs... those small things make one big thing. If everything fits you've got a superb team. You can't buy the right mix at the right time, and in my time I was lucky. There were no individuals, and we enjoyed success."

  135. 1544:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    "I feel Arsenal will play the game that suits them, and by playing that way there will be an assumption that that will take care of Tottenham. I don't think Arsenal would play a game to take care of one player, in this case Gareth Bale. But I would try to limit the damage he can do."

  136. 1541: 
    SCOTTISH LATEST

    Hibs regain the lead but it's a defensive disaster for Kilmarnock as Momo Sissoko's wayward backpass allows Leigh Griffiths to nick the ball away from goalkeeper Cammy Bell and Matt Done profits with a ruthless finish.

    That's not the former Liverpool man Momo Sissoko by the way...

  137. 1539: 

    It seems Gylfi Sigurdsson is a divisive figure among Spurs fans...

  138. 1539: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dominic O'Caollai: "Am I the only one flabbergasted at how Lewis Holtby is left out for Sigurdsson? Very strange decision for such a big game."

    Dan Everett: "Sigurdsson in for Holtby is a terrible decision - Holtby is a class act."

    Hishaam Habib: "Sigurdsson absolutely deserves to start! Good decision!"

  139. 1536: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jordan Eyre: "Think it's worth noting the return of Jermain Defoe to the Spurs bench today. Should he be risked at any point, I can see him grabbing a goal."

    Xav, Coventry: "We haven't finished below the enemy in my 17 year lifetime, and this season will be no different! Le Professeur will see us through, come on you Gunners!"

    A scared, edgy Arsenal fan in Cardiff: "Cazorla out wide again and as with Bayern, whichever fullback is behind him could be easily outnumbered. Wenger hasn't learned it seems. Fearing an easy Spurs 2-0."

  140. 1532: 
    Tottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)
    Andre Villas-Boas

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "Gylfi Sigurdsson did very well the the other day at West Ham, he deserves some credit and I put him back in the team. It is a wonderful opportunity to put ourselves in a comfortable position.

    "Anything can still happen in the Premier League but a win would be massive for us. Today is full of adrenaline, it's a big game for everybody."

  141. 1528: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Holford: "Arsenal fans need to stop thinking that their squad is better than it is. Fourth place is outstanding for them, considering."

    Joe Wood: "There is so much more depth in Spurs' midfield when Lewis Holtby is playing - Sigurdsson tends to drift in matches."

    Jonathan Wilson: "Man-for-man, Arsenal and Spurs are very evenly matched. As a neutral, I'm hoping for a high-scoring game!"

  142. 1528: 
    SCOTTISH LATEST

    It's all square again at Rugby Park as James Dayton smashes home an equaliser for Kilmarnock against Hibs. Game on.

  143. 1525: 

    Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is having a chat with Arsene Wenger down near the tunnel at White Hart Lane.

    Lois (below) makes a good point there. Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor caused all sorts of problems for Arsenal last time out. Pace could be an issue.

  144. 1524: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Bill from Plymouth: "This is the biggest six pointer I have ever known."

    Lois in Edinburgh: "I expect Tottenham will look like the away team for much of this game, allowing Arsenal to have the ball in front of two defending banks of four before looking to hit them on the break with the pace of Bale, Lennon etc. Arsenal looked so disorganized against Villa's counters at the Emirates last week."

    Jack from Southend: "Predicting a tight game this afternoon, but Arsenal always seem to edge these games."

  145. 1521: 

    Statisticians Infostrada: "Gareth Bale v Theo Walcott (2012/13 in the Premier League). Bale: 86 shots, 15 goals (efficiency 17.44%). Walcott: 48 shots, 11 goals (22.92%)"

  146. 1520: 
    SCOTTISH LATEST

    Hibs take the lead against Kilmarnock and it's top goalscorer Leigh Griffiths with a clinical finish. Are the Easter Road side on their way to Hampden?

    Follow the action in our Scottish live text, or you can even watch the game live at the top of this screen should you desire.

  147. 1518: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Dembele, Parker, Lennon, Bale, Sigurdsson, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Defoe, Holtby, Livermore, Carroll.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott, Wilshere, Cazorla, Giroud. Subs: Mannone, Koscielny, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Gervinho.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  148. 1518: 
    Tottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    Tottenham bring in left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for Steven Caulker and Lewis Holtby in two changes from the last-gasp win over West Ham last Monday. Striker Jermain Defoe is back from an ankle injury and is on the bench.

    Arsenal make just the one change from the win over Aston Villa, with midfielder Aaron Ramsey replacing the injured Abou Diaby.

  149. 1518: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Justin Thornhill: "Dad is 'warming up the TV'. It's a good TV but you can never be too safe on derby day. Come on you Spurs!"

    Sam Dingle: "A lot of pre match talk of Bale v Walcott, but I see Dembele v Wilshere being the key battle. Win the midfield battle, win the derby."

    Lewis Squires: "A start is nothing less than Sigurdsson deserves. Changed the game when he came on against West Ham."

  150. 1516: 

    Gylfi Sigurdsson finally scored his first league goal for Spurs in the 3-2 win at West Ham on Monday night. The Icelander is back in the starting line-up today as a result, and now is the time for him to deliver you feel. Lewis Holtby is on the bench though and the GErman international has made an impressive start to life in the Premier League.

  151. 1513:  
    Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane for BBC Radio 5 live

    "To those people who are neither are Tottenham or Arsenal supporter it will be very hard to understand how fierce this rivalry is. This game is very important to a great many people."

  152. 1513: 

    Spurs have had eight managers since they last finished above Arsenal in 1995. Is Andre Villas-Boas the man to end that run?

  153. 1509: 
    Tottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    Chelsea's victory in last season's Champions League denied Tottenham a place in Europe's top competition for this season and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas says: "They (Spurs players) are motivated because of what they have suffered in the past and what they want to achieve in the future."

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger knows the importance of the latest north London derby. He says: "It is an interesting game because there is something at stake and the outcome will give a big boost to the team who wins it. The game will have a psychological importance for the rest of the season."

  154. 1508: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Shane, a disorientated Arsenal fan: "Just got home from a 40 hour trip from Bogota (which should only take 14) via airport floors, delays and connecting flights... but this will only be a bad day if Spurs take the points. C'mon the Gunners!"

    Bill in Hereford: "I don't think the Arsenal fans have realised yet they're not dominant in north London anymore and that their time is soon to be over."

    James from Weston: "Dembele is key to keeping Wilshere busy and freeing up Holtby, who was outmuscled by Diame on Monday, and a certain Mr Bale."

  155. 1507: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    And Tottenham make two changes from the side which won at West Ham. Benoit Assou-Ekotto returns at left-back, with Steven Caulker dropping out, while Gylfi Sigurdsson comes in for Lewis Holtby.

  156. 1506: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    Arsenal make one change from the side which beat Aston Villa last weekend, as Aaron Ramsey comes in for Abou Diaby.

  157. 1504:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann on Sportsweek: "Gareth Bale hit a great goal in the last minute in Tottenham's last game against West Ham, so it is very unlikely he will do it again. It's good that he has done it already. My prediction is a 2-1 win for Arsenal."

  158. 1500: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Iain Murray: "This will be the best game of the Premier League season thus far. Cracking game on the cards here. So much to gain."

    Samuel Harper: "Spurs have beaten Arsenal twice in the league since the turn of the millennium. Arsenal will win easily!"

    Adil Majid: "Jack Wilshere will be in the news headline tomorrow, not Gareth Bale."

  159. 1455:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at White Hart LaneTottenham v Arsenal (1600 GMT)

    "The dramatic recent history of this famous old clash would suggest it is impossible to predict. There have been 33 goals in the last six meetings. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas knows a victory will propel his team a huge way towards the Champions League, leaving rivals Arsenal seven points adrift of their arch-rivals with 10 games to play. It's very difficult to see Arsenal's flimsy defence holding Spurs at bay. They've kept just one clean sheet in 13 games against top six or Champions League opposition this season."

  160. 1455:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann on Sportsweek: "Arsenal know they have to play better, and today is a good occasion. It tells you a lot about a player - how they can handle pressure. Every year Arsene Wenger qualifies for the Champions League, but this time it's harder because Chelsea and Spurs are competing for it."

  161. 1451: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ben Cooper: "This is without a doubt going to be one of the biggest and best London derbies for a very long time!"

    Sam Robson: "Having a Spurs fan for a Dad, I know only too well that when the going gets good, Spurs throw it away. Therefore, Arsenal win."

    Jordan King: "As a Chelsea, I would like a nice bore-draw with lots of red cards..."

  162. 1451: 
    SCOTTISH LATEST

    It ends 2-1 at Dens Park as the Dundee United claim their third city derby victory of the season. This win takes Jackie McNamara's side through to the semi-finals where they will join Celtic and Falkirk.

    The final name in Monday's draw could be decided this afternoon with Kilmarnock hosting Hibernian in the final last-eight encounter, television and radio coverage available on the BBC Sport website.

  163. 1447: 

    Injured Tottenham midfielder Sandro: "Come on boys! Good luck! Lets go, all guns blazing!"

  164. 1447: 

    We should have team news for you in the next 15 minutes. Who will be the key men today?

  165. 1445: 

    Statisticians Infostrada: "Gareth Bale has scored six of Tottenham's last seven Premier League goals."

  166. 1445:  
    BBC Radio 5 live
    Jens Lehmann

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann on Sportsweek: "It's a big rivalry and Arsenal know what's at stake. Their foundations are not as stable as they have been in recent years, so it's going to be very challenging. Spurs have been on a good run recently and have a great player in Gareth Bale. That's what everyone is looking forwards to - some entertainment."

  167. 1443: 

    Statisticians Opta: "Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott have both scored four times in the north London derby in the Premier League."

  168. 1442: 
    SCOTTISH LATEST

    It's all over in Dundee, where visitors Dundee United have beaten Dundee 2-1 in the Scottish Cup.

  169. 1441: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Brent, Gooner from London: "I've lived in London 6 years, and every year heard how spurs are going to overtake us. It hasn't happened and it won't again this year. North London is ours."

    Jose Sumanadasa, Enfield: "It's getting ever closer to that time of day when I get struck by a mystery illness and have to leave work. The fact that the North London Derby is starting soon, is purely coincidental."

  170. 1439: 

    Spurs are unbeaten at home since 3 November, and a win today would see them close the gap on second-placed Manchester City to just two points. Is it going to be another season in the Champions League for Tottenham?

  171. 1436: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Owen Smith: "Divided household in Glasgow. I'm a Spurs fan and my wife is an Arsenal fan. I'm predicting I'll be happier at 6pm today."

    Steven: "Dad from Highbury, mother from Tottenham. Son and daughter both have the sense to support the Arsenal. Our house is red."

    Stuart Ingram: "Re 1423: Well that is the curse done - we all have a 0-0 stalemate to look forward to now!"

  172. 1432: 
    SCOTTISH LATEST

    Into the last 15 minutes at Dens Park and Dundee United lead Dundee 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup. All goals came in the first half with Brian McLean and Gary Mackay-Steven netting either side of Jim McAlister's leveller for the hosts.

    Later, Hibernian visit Kilmarnock in the final last-eight tie. Watch and listen live on the BBC Sport website.

  173. 1431: 

    One-time Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira: "This might be the most important game of the season; a win is crucial today. I'm with you 100% and will be watching. Good luck, Arsenal."

  174. 1431:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Tottenham captain Ledley King on Sportsweek: "North London derbies are unbelievable games. The build-up starts a lot earlier than any other game and the tension really kicks in when you're driving to the stadium.

    "It really is a wonderful occasion, but it's a difficult one and sometimes you can get lost in the game. You have to keep your focus and play the match as normal, because sometimes it can be free-flowing and high-scoring. The lads must keep their focus and realise there's a job to do. They have a great opportunity to move further away from Arsenal."

  175. 1431: 
    BALE v WALCOTT
    Theo Walcott

    Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has scored four goals in his last four games against Tottenham, and he is having his best season in front of goal, netting 18 times so far.

    At the top of this page you can watch some of Theo's interview on yesterday's Football Focus where he talks about coming through the Southampton youth team with Gareth Bale. Who would win in a race? "It would be close," he says...

  176. 1426: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt in Alresford: "I'm an Arsenal fan - my wife and her family are all Spurs fans. There's a baby on the way and it will be a fight to convert it!"

    Ed from London: "My wife hates football and my sister-in-law is a Gooner. I'm Spurs all the way and have been banished to the pub for the game. Come on you Spurs!"

    Rob in a library in Newcastle: "I think Arsenal should take note of the job that Phil Jones did against Ronaldo. Don't think Arsenal have a player quite as dogged though."

  177. 1423: 

    Arsenal fans do have reason to be cheerful, rather than fearful, though. They have won the last two derbies with Spurs by the resounding scoreline of 5-2, though both of them were at the Emirates.

    There should be goals galore today.

  178. 1420: 

    When I asked if Bacary Sagna would be in trouble today, I of course meant apart from the knee injury which has ruled him out of the game...

    Carl Jenkinson is likely to start at right-back for Arsenal. Though if Gareth Bale ends up playing through the middle then it's anyone's guess who will be picking him up

  179. 1419:  
    BBC Radio 5 live
    Ledley King

    Former Tottenham captain Ledley King on Sportsweek: "Tottenham have got other players capable of winning games, so I wouldn't say doubling up on Gareth Bale is the right thing for Arsenal to do. But it will be tough for the Gunners to play against him - he's playing in a different role at the moment, more central, and he's getting a lot more shots off at goal from there. It really is a tough one."

  180. 1419: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James Watt: "Can't see much past two red cards and eight goals. Am I being too optimistic?"

    Alex d'Albertanson: "Arsenal always seem to have the edge in North London derby games. I'm going Bale to score once in a 2-3 Arsenal win."

    Phil Durrant: "Bale to Jenkinson before the match: 'Looking forward to your early shower?'"

  181. 1415: 

    Arsene Wenger's side have had a poor month, losing in two cup competitions to Blackburn and Bayern Munich, but they remain in the hunt for a Champions League place. A win today would leave the Gunners just a point behind Tottenham. A win today would be massive for them.

  182. 1413:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Tottenham captain Ledley King on Sportsweek: "Gareth Bale is on fire at the moment. He just can't stop scoring, and it's great for Tottenham to have a player in such good form. As a team, when someone is firing the way he is, it spreads confidence throughout the side that you can win games. I've seen this coming - Gareth's progressed each season and now he's right on top of his game."

  183. 1412: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Passions must be running high in the north London area today. Any split households? Do we have an Arsenal fan who is shacked up with a Spurs lover? Or could that never happen? Let me know...

    How do Arsenal stop Gareth Bale? Is Carl Jenkinson in trouble? Or will the Gunners be back to their best and pick up a classic away win?

    You can text in your thoughts on 81111 (UK Only), or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

    Fire away.

  184. 1410: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "8 - Emmanuel Adebayor has scored eight times in North London derbies in the Premier League; more than any other player. Renegade."

  185. 1408: 

    Arsenal have not won at the home of their bitter rivals since 2007, when an Emmanuel Adebayor brace carried them to victory.

    Adebayor, of course, who now plays for Tottenham and scored against the Arsenal this season. He was then sent off against his former club. I won't know where to look later on.

  186. 1405: 
    SCOTTISH LATEST

    It's derby day north of the border too, where Dundee are hosting Dundee United in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

    United lead 2-1 as we approach the hour mark, with Gary Mackay-Steven's goal currently the difference between the two very near neighbours.

    Keep across the latest in a separate Scottish live text commentary.

  187. 1404: 

    Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale is in special form. The Welshman has hit nine goals in his last seven games for club and country, including an absolute beauty of a last-minute show-stopper to win Monday night's clash with West Ham.

    Arsenal should be afraid. Very afraid.

  188. 1400: 
    Gareth Bale

    "We don't plan for anybody. It is always the same - focus on our strengths and forget about your opponent.

    "There is nobody special that you least like to face."

    Not my words, the words of Arsene Wenger this week when asked if Arsenal would have a special plan for Gareth Bale this afternoon. Could those words come back to haunt him...?

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