x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Spurs stage dramatic fightback to stun Arsenal

Arsenal squander a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to their north London rivals in a Premier League cracker.

Younes Kaboul, centre, celebrates the match-winning goal with his Tottenham teammates Gareth Bale, left, and Jermaine Jenas.
Younes Kaboul, centre, celebrates the match-winning goal with his Tottenham teammates Gareth Bale, left, and Jermaine Jenas.

LONDON // Arsenal collapsed under a second-half fightback by Tottenham Hotspur, squandering a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to their north London rivals in a Premier League cracker.

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul completed a remarkable turnaround for Spurs with an 86th minute headed winner after goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh had given Arsenal a comfortable 2-0 interval lead.

Gareth Bale gave Tottenham hope with a 50th minute reply and Rafael van der Vaart levelled the scores with a penalty midway through the second half after Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas handled his free kick.

Victory would have given Arsenal temporary hold of top spot in the Premier League but they remain on 26 points from 14 games, two points behind leaders Chelsea who play at Birmingham City later. Third-placed Manchester United, who have 25 points, are at home to Wigan Athletic.