Arsenal 0 Tottenham 0

  • By: Bill Pierce, PA Sport
  • Last Updated: May 22 2012, 10:01 BST

Ten-men Tottenham emerged with a brave point after they had Justin Edinburgh

sent off just before half-time and then took a pounding from North London rivals

Arsenal at Highbury.

The Gunners hit the woodwork four times in the first half and turned the local

derby into a siege.

But they could not break down an uncompromising rearguard action by their

neighbours for whom Sol Campbell returned after injury to press his claims for

an England place with an impressive marking job on Ian Wright.

Edinburgh was sent off for a second bookable offence in first-half stoppage

time after tripping Wright, who again failed to match Cliff Bastin's club

goalscoring record, and then Lee Dixon.

There were seven bookings in all as the usual passions surfaced in this clash

between old foes but Arsenal should have had the match wrapped up by the


Steve Bould saw his shot deflect off David Howells and onto a post early on

and then Marc Overmars, the £7million Dutch winger, cracked the crossbar with a

stunning drive before Dennis Bergkamp, his compatriate, did likewise from an

Overmars free-kick.

As the pressure grew from the Gunners, Wright looked certain to collect his

178th goal for the club - equalling the record mark of 30s star Bastin - when a

perceptive Bergkamp pass put him in the clear. But he rammed his drive against

the underside of the bar with only Ian Walker to beat.