7th November, 1999
On this day, 7th November 1999 as Tottenham defeated Arsenal at White Hart Lane, a ‘red mist’ overcame their north London rivals as they finished the game with none men.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Arsenal 1
Scorers: Iversen, Sherwood
Team: Walker; Carr, Campbell, Perry, Edinburgh; Leonhardsen, Clemence, Sherwood, Ginola (Dominguez); Iversen, Armstrong
Former Arsenal manager, George Graham was in charge of Tottenham at the time but he had the Tottenham players well prepared and motivated for the local derby.
This was to be the last occasion when Spurs would enjoy victory over Arsenal in the league until April, 2010. They did, however, record a 5 – 1 win in the League Cup semi-final of 2008. On that day in 1999 Arsenal suffered a day of shame as they at White Hart Lane.
In an explosive game Spurs were two ahead inside twenty minutes. Steffen Iversen scored after six minutes with Tim Sherwood getting the second. Arsenal pulled one back just before half time but in the second they had Freddi Ljungberg and Martin Keown sent off and a total of six players booked as the ‘red mist’ descended on them.
Spurs had played with passion in a game that was described as ‘brutal and unremittingly ferocious.’ It was a good win for Spurs who displayed a new-found level of commitment and determination.