Spurs give Arsenal real hope after slipping up against Fulham
Tottenham’s north London derby win at the beginning of March appeared to confirm that Spurs would finish ahead of Arsenal this term, although things are now less clear-cut after this weekend’s results.
March 17th, 2013
The Gunners put some pressure on their rivals with a 2-0 win at Swansea on Saturday, with Andre Villas-Boas’ team slipping up against Fulham on Sunday which means the team have now lost three straight matches.
There was always the possibility of a flat performance against the Cottagers after a hard-fought aggregate win over Inter on Thursday night, with Dimitar Berbatov scoring the only goal of the game and it means that Arsenal can close the gap to one point by winning their game in hand.
Meanwhile, Chelsea rose to third after a routine 2-0 win against West Ham which saw Frank Lampard score his 200th goal for Chelsea. Bobby Tambling’s club record of 202 is now under threat and will surely be broken by the end of the season.
Eden Hazard notched the other goal of the game, with Rafael Benitez’s team now four points behind Manchester City and with an outside chance of grabbing second place.
There were controversial scenes at the DW Stadium after Wigan scored a late winner to beat Newcastle 2-1, although Callum McManaman’s ugly challenge on Massadio Haïdara left a sour taste in the mouth, with the young winner getting away with no punishment for what appeared to be a rash challenge.
Norwich and Sunderland played out a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, with Wes Hoolahan putting the Canaries into the lead before Craig Gardner equalised from the penalty spot.