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Arsenal Hit Five Past Spurs

Arsenal fought back from 2-0 down to win a pulsating north London derby 5-2 against Tottenham Hotspur, while Ryan Giggs struck late on to seal victory for Manchester United at Norwich.

Arsenal are back up to fourth place on goals scored after completing a remarkable comeback to overwhelm Spurs.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp stated before kick-off that the third-placed visitors were still on the title trail and, after a confident start, his side boasted a two-goal lead. Louis Saha opened the scoring with just four minutes gone and former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor doubled the deficit from the spot half an hour later.

But Arsenal showed a fighting spirit that has been missing in recent years as they scored twice in two minutes before halfd-time to tie the match up. First Bacary Sagna scored with a header and Robin van Persie turned and twisted outside the penalty box and beat Brad Friedel for his 23rd league goal of the season. Tomáš Rosický, who was brilliant today, then gave Arsène Wenger’s men the lead shortly after half-time, before two goal from Theo Walcott completed a magnificent Arsenal comeback.

A miserable day for Spurs was compounded by the 87th-minute sending off of Scott Parker, who will miss his side’s meeting with Man United next Sunday. Spurs will go into that match eight points behind United, and ten shy of leaders Man City, after Ryan Giggs hit an added-time winner in his 900th appearance for the Uhited at Norwich City. United’s other elder statesman Paul Scholes had given United the lead but Grant Holt scored with 8 minutes ago to set up Ryan Giggs Roy of the Rovers moment.

Also on Sunday, Stoke City ended a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats by beating Swansea City 2-0, Matthew Upson and Peter Crouch making the difference via headed goals.