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Arsenal comes from behind to beat Tottenham 5-2

Published on Nov 17, 2012 10:52 PM
Arsenal's German striker Lukas Podolski (centre) celebrates scoring their second goal during their English Premier League football match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 17, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(Reuters) - Arsenal ruthlessly exploited Emmanuel Adebayor's moment of madness to come from behind and beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 in another eventful north London derby on Saturday.

Adebayor, who had given Spurs a 10th-minute lead at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League's early kickoff, was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Santi Cazorla seven minutes later, and the visitors never recovered.

Germany defender Per Mertesacker equalised for Arsenal with a powerful header after 24 minutes, and Arsene Wenger's side scored twice in the last three minutes of the first half - through Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud - to take control.

Spaniard Cazorla made it four from Podolski's cross on the hour, and although Gareth Bale's right-foot shot from the edge of the area gave Spurs a little hope, Theo Walcott completed the scoring from close range in injury time.