England Premier League — 18 November 2012

Arsenal came out on top in the North London derby yesterday. The Gunners hammered arch-rivals Tottenham 5-2 at Emirates Stadium.

The game started off really well for the visitors, as former-Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor scored from close-range in the 10th minute.

However, eight minutes later Adebayor’s fortunes changed. The Togolese striker was dismissed for a rash tackle on Gunners midfielder Santi Cazorla.  The Gunners equalised in the 24th minute, defender Per Mertesacker powering home a Theo Walcott cross.

Compatriot Lukas Podolski struck a shot against William Gallas in the 42nd minute, which squirmed past Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal to put Arsenal in the lead. The Gunners lead was increased in first half injury-time, Olivier Giroud finishing from a Santi Cazorla cutback.

Cazorla deservedly got on the score sheet in the 60th minute, scoring from close-range from a Podolski cross. Tottenham got a goal back in the 71st minute. Welsh wing wizard Gareth Bale producing a fine finish from 20 yards after a powerful run.

The rout was complete in injury-time, Theo Walcott firing home from inside the penalty area. The victory moved Arsenal up to sixth place in the Premier League table. Meanwhile, Tottenham are now eighth in the top flight table.

Elsewhere, champions Manchester City hammered Aston Villa 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium. City took the lead just before half-time through a David Silva strike. Argentinian strikers Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez both scored second half braces to complete Villa’s misery.

The victory took City to the top of the table, while struggling Villa slipped into the Premier League relegation zone.

Reading claimed their first league victory of the season, by defeating Everton 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium. A double from striker Adam Le Fondre cancelled out Steven Naismith’s early effort.

Other Premier League results:

QPR 1-3 Southampton

Liverpool 3-0

Newcastle 1-2

West Brom 2-1 Chelsea

Norwich 1-0 Manchester United

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