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Brady classic caps 5-0 win at Spurs

Story Highlights
  • Arsenal's 5-0 victory over Tottenham 1978
  • Liam Brady's performance North London Derby
  • Alan Sunderland's hat-trick against Tottenham
  • Terry Neill's greatest performance as Arsenal manager
  • John Motson's commentary during Arsenal Tottenham game
  • Frank Stapleton's goal in North London Derby 1978

In December of 1978, Arsenal FC fans received an early Christmas gift they would never forget. On a memorable day, Arsenal pulled off a 5-0 victory over their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. This result was arguably the high point of manager Terry Neill’s seven-year tenure.

Despite recently rejoining the top flight after a stint in Division Two and bolstering their squad with Argentine World Cup winners Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa, Tottenham found themselves comprehensively outplayed by Arsenal. The Gunners midfield, led by the influential Liam Brady, delivered a performance that would be remembered fondly by the visiting fans.

Alan Sunderland emerged as the chief tormentor for Spurs on the day, profiting from Brady’s brilliance to notch an excellent hat-trick. Brady capped off his commanding display with a sensational curling shot from the edge of the box to beat the Tottenham keeper. Frank Stapleton also got on the score sheet, making it five goals for Arsenal in the North London derby.

Liam Brady’s breathtaking goal, immortalized by John Motson’s exclamation “Look at that. Oh, look at that,” on live television, remains an enduring memory for Arsenal fans. The audacious backlift, the perfect arc of the ball, and Brady’s subsequent celebration in front of the shell-shocked Tottenham supporters encapsulated an extraordinary moment in Arsenal’s history.

Neill’s Arsenal side would finish the season in seventh place, four spots above Tottenham. To this day, the 5-0 triumph remains Arsenal’s most significant post-war victory at White Hart Lane, making it a truly unforgettable Christmas gift for their supporters.

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