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Picture special: Arsenal v Tottenham

The capitulation of London's tube system made it nigh on impossible for many people to get to the Emirates Stadium last night and match officials sensibly delayed kick-off to allow thousands of latecomers the chance to make their way to the ground, but for the Arsenal faithful, many will be wishing they hadn't.

Tottenham, of course, fielded their strongest first team squad, because, as one mate put it to me, this was their world cup final, whereas the Gunners are still in four competitions. However, it was the young Guns worst performance in years, although more experienced players such as Gilberto were the main cluprits on the night.

Given our centre backs' lack of pace, Philippe Senderos was pushing his defensive line far too much up the pitch, so when the Spuds carved us open in the 37th minute, Jermaine Jenas was unchallenged as he slid the ball past the beaten Lukasz Fabianski.

Thankfully the likes of Robbie Keane, Jermaine Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov couldn't hit the proverbial barn door, so the Spuds' tally was kept down to one. Then just 12 minutes from time an Eduardo assist was collected by Theo Walcott and the ball somehow bobbled off the young England star and into the back of the net.

So 1-1 with the second leg to go - and what a game it should be. For those of you who didn't see last night's derby, or who want to relive a few moments of it, here's a selection of Getty Images photos from the match. Click on the thumbnails below and on the next page to see the full size image.









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Posted by Gordon Masson on January 10, 2008 10:51 AM in Match Report| News| Photo caption| Players
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