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Rafa's delight

Posted on 21 November 2010  - 12:00

Rafael van der Vaart described victory in his first north London derby as a ‘great day for the club'.

Rafa's delight

Rafael van der Vaart described victory in his first north London derby as a ‘great day for the club'.

The Dutch maestro played a huge part as we came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in the Barclays Premier League encounter at the Emirates.

Rafa set-up Gareth Bale to reduce the deficit at the start of the second half, took the free-kick that was handled by Cesc Febregas before slotting home the penalty himself for 2-2 and then whipped in the free-kick that Younes Kaboul glanced home to complete a famous victory five minutes from time.

It was our first victory at Arsenal since 1993 and Rafa said he was well aware of that record as he stepped out at the Emirates for the first time.

"It was my first time here but I knew that Tottenham didn't win here much so it was a great day for the Club," he said.

"It was difficult. They put a lot of pressure on us and we didn't play our game in the first half. We were happy with the second half because it was much better.

"Arsenal have great players and they showed it in the first half but I am happy because we were better.

"It's a great day but it is just three points. Now we want to win the Champions League game and that would make it a great week."

Rafa is referring to Wednesday night's match against Werder Bremen at the Lane where victory will see us qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.