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Arsenal prevails 4-2 over Tottenham in North London derby

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Arsenal had to dig deep to rally from a 1-2 deficit to prevail over Hotspur 4-2 in a thrilling derby here.

Gabonese forward on Sunday gave Arsenal the lead 10 minutes into the first half when he successfully delivered from the 12-yard spot after Tottenham's Belgian defender touched the ball with his hands inside the area, reports

Making his second consecutive starting lineup appearance after being sidelined for several weeks by injury, Vertonghen unsuccessfully protested the penalty decision.

Aubameyang had the second goal teed up, minutes later, but instead of tipping the ball into the goal from close range, he overshot the ball.

hit back, however, scoring twice over a four-minute stretch, although both goals were controversial.

Danish attacking Christian Eriksen, Tottenham's hero against Inter Milan in their clash, sent a cross into the area and English Eric Dier, seemingly in an off-side position, headed it home at the half hour mark.

Four minutes later struck again, this time on a controversial penalty kick the referee awarded the Spurs as South Korean forward seemingly dived inside the area.

The English forward did not disappoint as he successfully converted the penalty, giving his team the lead for the first and last time in the game.

Trailing 2-1, replaced Armenian attacking and Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi, inserting French forward and Welsh midfielder after the intermission.

It took the Welsh only 13 minutes to set up Aubameyang for the second goal as Ramsey made the most of a nice move by Spanish right back

At this point, Emery sought the win and gambled inserting young French midfielder to play with only two central defenders instead of three.

The bold move paid off as Lacazette scored the third goal on a shot that ricocheted off Dier and found the back of the net, successfully culminating the counterattack.

Just three minutes later, Uruguayan midfielder secured the insurance goal, sparking wild celebrations in the stands.

With the win, Arsenal climbed into the fourth spot of the table with 30 points on goal differential ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 13:10 IST
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