Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur battled out an exhilarating 3-3 draw at White Hart Lane, though the result diminishes either side's hopes for this season. Arsenal's title hopes faded as they slipped down to third, six points below Manchester United while Spurs' hopes of a Champions League spot also looks distant.
With much at stake, both sides opened in blistering fashion. The first seven minutes saw both teams score within 82 seconds of each other. Theo Walcott opened the scoring as he ran on to Cesc Fabregas' through pass before striking it past Heurelho Gomes. But Spurs replied almost immediately with Rafael van der Vaart bombarding in from 18 yards.
However, Arsenal bounced back yet again. Four minutes later, Samir Nasri found the ball just outside the box and he did something fans would love to see them do more often - shoot. On 40 minutes, former-Gunner William Gallas' mistake allowed Arsenal to take a 3-1 lead and a stronghold in the match. Gallas' failed to clear the danger in the box, and Walcott latched onto the loose ball and set up Van Persie who headed in easily.
The resilient Spurs struck back four minutes later with a blistering 20 yard strike from Tom Huddlestone.
After five goals in the first half, the second half just saw one goal. But it wasn't short of action. Spurs were the better team as they piled pressure on the Gunners and go their reward when on the 70th minute Szczesny felled Lennon in the area. Van der Vaart equalized from the spot.
Arsenal continued to hang on by a thread as a brilliant Szczesny made amends for conceding the penalty with saves from Modric and Sandro. The game ended a draw, and both teams will know that it doesn't help their cause. For a neutral though, the match was a feast.