They were only slender ones at best, the Tottenham title hopes, but Charlie Nicholas and Brian Talbot did the damage.
The interpassing that set Nicholas free was as crisp and precise as the current Arsenal at their best whilst the Scot’s finish was outstanding, shooting across Clemence’s body and inside the far post from an acute angle.
Talbot’s speed and energy in the last minute of what had been a hard-fought match was unsurprising given he was an archetypal box-to-box midfielder. His finish was astonishing, remaining calm when he must surely have been shattered.
But the indelible image is of Roberts penalty, cannoning off the crossbar and up into an away end which took great delight in mocking the Spurs midfielder. A truly enjoyable moment in a North London Derby.