Rated! The 10 greatest Arsenal-Tottenham games: Gazza, Thierry Henry and David Bentley's wondergoal
Tottenham 2-3 Arsenal, 1988
Never go for a pie during a derby: you might miss a goal. If you choose the wrong queue and the wrong derby, you might miss five.
All the goals came in the space of 12 thrilling first-half minutes, with George Graham's Arsenal matching the expansiveness of Terry Venables' Spurs.
It started with Tony Adams carrying the ball 25 yards, surprisingly elegant, and shimmying past a tackle before slipping in Nigel Winterburn to finish smartly with the outside of his boot. Yes, Nigel Winterburn. With the outside of his boot.
Chris Waddle responded quickly for Spurs, but a close-range Brian Marwood strike and a far-post Alan Smith header rocked Tottenham.
But Spurs new boy Paul Gascoigne, who'd set the tone early on with a couple of dazzling dribbles, sparked a home revival. He lost his boot in a challenge on the edge of the box, but fired a shoe-shorn effort goalwards. John Lukic parried but was unable to stop Gazza's alert rebound, tucked away, floppy sock and all, from the angle.
This was the first Tottenham goal for a man who went on to become a football icon, and though Spurs couldn't claw their way back into the game, the goal will never be forgotten by the Lane faithful.
Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal, 2004
This nine-goal thriller holds the record for being the highest-scoring north London derby. The sort of match designed to offend Alan Hansen, it was mocked by Jose Mourinho as a "hockey score".
Tottenham dominated the first half with Noureddine Naybet's close-range volley opening the scoring and Jens Lehmann forced into several good saves, but a Thierry Henry strike in first-half injury time inspired a different Arsenal performance in the second period.
A Lauren penalty took the Gunners to three on the hour, and though Jermain Defoe and Ledley King responded to strikes from Vieira and Freddie Ljungberg respectively, a clever sleight-of-foot and smart finish from Pires restored Arsenal's two-goal advantage.
The shambolic defending continued, however, and the Gunners allowed Freddie Kanoute to net and provide a nail-biting last few minutes for nerve-shattered Arsenal fans.
Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal, 1987
The League Cup semi-final third leg. Eh? Well, Spurs had won 1-0 at Highbury and were one up in the home leg when, according to legend, home fans were given an announcement regarding ticket details for the final.
Two quick Arsenal goals brought the sides level, extra time couldn't separate them, and with penalty shootouts yet to be introduced in domestic competitions, a coin-toss decreed a play-off at White Hart Lane.
Again, Tottenham went a goal up; again, Arsenal came back late on, this time after a Charlie Nicholas injury forced a game-turning substitution. On came Ian Allinson, and with eight minutes left he produced a fine spin and near-post finish to level the scores. Then Allinson's blast from the left found its way to David Rocastle, who slotted the never-say-die Gunners into the final.
They produced another remarkable comeback against Liverpool, overcoming an early Ian Rush goal to win 2-1 (the first time the Merseysiders had lost a game Rush had given them the lead in).
As for Allinson? He didn't even make the squad for the final.
Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham, 2008
The Premier League might love to describe itself as the best in the world but few matches have been as memorable as this eight-goal feast.
David Bentley set the tone with an early volley as stunning for its outrageous opportunism as its execution. Spotting Manuel Almunia marginally off his line, Bentley hammered the ball from just outside the centre circle which, backpedalling furiously, the Spanish keeper could only paw at in vain.
The goal paved the way for an incredible 90 minutes of entertaining exchanges and giggle-inducing goalkeeping.
Heurelho Gomes's aerial eccentricities confused his defenders and delighted the Arsenal team, who twice headed in from set-pieces. Almunia was as guilty for Spurs' second, patting out a simple rebound chance for Darren Bent.
However it was the final moments of the game that defied belief. With Arsenal 4-2 up, Jermaine Jenas took advantage of Gael Clichy's slip to curl home what seemed destined to be a consolation. But as the game headed into the 95th minute, Luka Modric attempted to repeat Bentley's first-half feat, and substitute Lennon prodded home the rebound off the post to leave millions gawping in bewilderment.
Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal, 1991
An FA Cup semi-final venue for the first time, Wembley provided a fitting setting for one of the most unforgettable north London derbies – a match that will forever be remembered as Gazza's semi-final.
The mercurial Spurs midfielder underwent a hernia operation a month previously that had only allowed him 60 minutes of football before the clash, but he came back with a bang.
With only five minutes gone, the inspirational Geordie powered a 30-yard free kick into David Seaman's top corner.
Arch poacher Gary Lineker netted a brace and Spurs were through to a final in which they would beat Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest despite Gascoigne being stretchered off with a career-threatening knee injury.
Arsenal went on to win the league, their first since the 1988 Double. But you can imagine which fans crowed louder in north London that summer...