Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: As It Happened
Premier League—Tottenham vs. Arsenal
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto; Dembele (Livermore 88'), Parker, Sigurdsson, Lennon (Gallas 90+5'), Bale; Adebayor (Defoe 67')
Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Gallas, Livermore, Carroll, Defoe, Holtby
Arsenal: Szczesny; Jenkinson (Rosicky 61'), Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal; Arteta (Podolski 77'), Ramsey, Wilshere; Walcott, Cazorla, Giroud
Subs: Mannone, Koscielny, Rosicky, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Podolski
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Disaster for Arsenal and elation for Tottenham. The home side takes a massive step toward Champions League qualification, while Arsenal must fight from seven points down to finish above their fierce rivals.
All it took was two moments of atrocious defending from Arsenal. And while the Gunners were twice sliced open at the back, Spurs defended resolutely for the entire match and deservedly emerge winners.
90+7'—Yellow card for Kyle Walker, and a Tottenham substitution:
William Gallas for Aaron Lennon.
90+6'—Final minute now.
90+5'—Podolski looked like scoring with a ripping volley, but Michael Dawson threw himself in front of the ball and Arsenla have a corner.
Szczesny came up for it, and Vermaelen had to foul Sigurdsson after it had been cleared.
90+3'—Extremely scrappy in these closing minutes, and Arsenal, as you would expect, are committing most of the fouls. Spurs don't look at all like conceding.
90+1'—Six minutes of stoppage time.
90'—Ooh, Theo Walcott came very close with a lengthy free-kick, and Hugo Lloris was not at all sure that that was going wide.
Into the final minute of normal time, it'll be interesting to see how much stoppage time we get.
Jake Livermore replaces the injured Dembele.
87'—Moussa Dembele is down and in considerable pain, as the medics check his left knee.
84'—Dangerous free-kick for Tottenham on the right side of midfield. Gareth Bale took it and bounced it right to Wojciech Szczesny, and the resulting Arsenal attack goes nowhere.
82'—Excellent chance for Ramsey, and his shot is inches wide. It took a deflection off Assou-Ekotto, giving Arsenal a corner, but Giroud fouls Lloris and Spurs can get play started again.
80'—Ooh, great opportunity for Lukas Podolski there, but his first touch was too heavy as he ran into the box, and nothing came of the move.
Ten more minutes of normal time for Arsenal to score.
Lukas Podolski replaces Mikel Arteta. Had to happen sooner or later.
76'—Horrendous cross from Aaron Ramsey when given all the time and space in the world.
As the camera pans to Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal bench, one wonders when the manager will use one of his two remaining substitutions? Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and others are available.
74'—Corner for Spurs after some superb shimmying and shaking by Aaron Lennon. After a bit of back and forth, Gareth Bale rips a shot right at Szczesny that would have been Tottenham's third if it had been either side of the goalkeeper.
71'—Oh, Sigurdsson should have made it three for Spurs!
Gareth Bale put him through on the left side of the box and Sigurdsson tried to lay the ball off for Bale when he should have gotten a shot away. Big missed chance for Spurs.
And again Defoe just pulls a shot wide of the far post. Real pressure at both ends of the pitch now.
70'—Free-kick for Arsenal on the right side of Spurs' third is defended well, and Tottenham press the Gunners into passing the ball all the way back to Wojciech Szczesny.
Still Arsenal come forward. They're still doing much of the attacking.
Yeah we are really gonna put the ball out for ADEBAYOR !— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) March 3, 2013
Jermain Defoe replaces the injured Adebayor.
66'—Michael Dawson and Thomas Vermaelen getting into a scuffle over a dispute about whether Arsenal should have kicked the ball out of play when Emmanuel Adebayor was down in a different area of the pitch.
It all seems to be settled now, and Adebayor is getting stretchered off the pitch. Didn't look too bad at first glance.
64'—Arsenal on the attack, but Tottenham are dropping very deep and clogging up space to prevent the Gunners from one-twoing their way through the center of the defense.
Eventually a cross comes in from the right side, and it is headed over the bar for a goal kick.
61'—Oh dear, Gareth Bale horribly scuffs an excellent chance on his left foot from five yards out. Should have been 3-1.
After that missed chance, Arsenal substitution:
Tomas Rosicky enters for Carl Jenkinson, as Aaron Ramsey moves to right back.
59'—Olivier Giroud is down with an apparent shoulder problem after being clattered by Scott Parker. Tomas Rosicky is getting ready to come on for Arsenal.
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