Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur

ARSENAL 3-0 TOTTENHAM
Premier League
Highbury
November 16, 2002

Today's FreezeFrame takes us back to a memorable North London derby in November 2002.

Arsenal had made an encouraging start to the Premier League season after 13 matches and headed into this fixture just a point behind leaders Liverpool.

Arsène Wenger's side had already opened up a seven-point lead over Manchester United, who had stuttered early on in their bid to take the title back to Old Trafford.

There had been disappointments up to this point of course - defeats against Everton and Blackburn had threatened to derail the title charge - but the Gunners clearly meant business.

This match proved it and for most Arsenal fans there one special moment elevated this derby above many others.

When Thierry Henry covered 75 yards of the pitch to leave Matthew Etherington in his wake, glide past Stephen Carr and fire home with aplomb, Highbury knew it had witnessed something momentous.

Commemorated in bronze outside Emirates Stadium today is the record goalscorer in celebratory pose in front of the travelling Spurs fans after putting Arsenal in front that day.

Henry's early strike sent Arsenal on their way to a comfortable victory as Tottenham struggled to stay in the game. Simon Davies' sending off in the 27th minute only made matters worse for them.

Second-half strikes from Freddie Ljungberg and Sylvain Wiltord capped a glorious afternoon for Wenger's side - and Arsenal could easily have had more.

Arsenal: Shaaban, Luzhny, Cygan, Campbell, Cole, Gilberto, Vieira (Van Bronckhorst, 78), Ljungberg, Wiltord, Henry (Jeffers, 75), Bergkamp (Pires, 26). Subs not used: Taylor, Toure.

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