Tottenham Hotspur 2 Arsenal 1 – Bale and Lennon down the Gunners
Arsenal’s fairly miserable season continued on Sunday when Tottenham won the north London derby and moved seven points clear of their arch-rivals.
March 3rd, 2013
It means that the Gunners are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League next season, with Arsene Wenger’s team five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea despite dominating large parts of this game at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal looked to be containing Spurs until a few minutes before half-time when Gareth Bale was able to break through the visitors’ rearguard to continue his amazing scoring run. The Welshman had been reasonably quiet until that stage.
Moments later and Andre Villas-Boas’ men had doubled their lead after Aaron Lennon broke through in a similar fashion to latch on to Scott Parker’s through ball and double his team’s advantage.
The goals had been relatively out of the blue, although Arsenal worked their way back into the game after the interval. Per Mertesacker headed past Lloris from a Theo Walcott corner and the Gunners were in the ascendancy.
However, they were unable to find an equaliser against a spirited Tottenham side who were well marshalled by Michael Dawson at the back. Jermain Defoe came on as a sub to stretch Arsenal and came close with an effort that just went wide of the post.
Tottenham now have destiny very much in their own hands and the form of Bale is one big reason why they are likely to be playing Champions League football next term.