In 2004 Arsenal played Spurs in a nine-goal thriller at White Hart Lane. Spurs were led by Martin Jol and Chris Hughton and had a young Michael Carrick, Defoe and Robbie Keane. Arsenal lined up with a mix of “Invincibles” and young blood Cesc, Flamini and Robin Van Persie. Here are 5 things we learnt
Michael Carrick pulled the strings in midfield for Spurs
A very young Michael Carrick was in his first season for Spurs and was pulling the strings in midfield. Forget Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba, Carrick was partnered by Pedro Mendes and Michael Brown. Woof.
Jen Lehmann wore a cap
Surprising thing about this game was it 1-1 at half time – Naybet scoring for Spurs and Henry for Arsenal. Things got difficult in the second half. Partly due to Defoe and Kanoute but also the beaming North London sun.
Lauren was cool as ice
Arsenal won a penalty when Noe Paramot brought down Freddie Ljungberg. Cameroonian right-back Lauren did not mess around with the penalty and calmly passed it into the corner beyond Paul Robinson.
Jermaine Defoe banged it
Defoe did what he does best and banged it into the top corner beyond Lehmann. And his cap.
Arsenal were introducing young blood
Cesc started for Arsenal and a young Van Persie and Flamini were on the bench. Cesc marked his arrival with a beautiful reverse pass for Ljungberg.