An early goal from Tomas Rosicky was enough for Arsenal to defeat Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday's North London Derby, keeping the Gunners in the race for the 2013-14 Premier League title.
Spurs dominated possession, but a wonderful strike from long range forced the hosts to play catch up for the bulk of the afternoon. And despite a late push for an equaliser, Arsenal held on to their slim lead to take home the three points.
Replacing the injured Mesut Ozil, Rosicky put in a fine performance, and it was his wonderful strike that ultimately made the difference.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger rightfully praised his midfielder, per ESPN's Miguel Delaney:
As reported by Rohith Nair, both managers had their own views on the match:
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood came into this tie with a lot of pressure on his shoulders with his club losing four of their last six games. As Delaney notes, the coach's confidence is still intact and the losses only serve as lessons for the future:
Cameras picked up on Sherwood forcibly throwing his gilet into the dugout, indicating frustration with his team's performance. Gary Lineker saw it too:
The coach shrugged off questions about the incident in typical Sherwood-fashion, according to Hotspur Related:
In another incident, Sherwood seemed to have a bit of an altercation with Arsenal player Bacary Sagna, and Ives Galarcep was curious whether this will have any consequences down the road:
When asked about what journalists described as "his antics," Sherwood pointed to his fiery nature and told reporters he wasn't putting on a show, per Delaney:
Wenger praised the hosts' effort in Sunday's match and agreed with reporters that the result was an important one, per Erskine Amoakuh:
The French coach also spoke about his legacy at the club, as shared by this fan:
This fan points out there's a good reason Wenger seemed almost nostalgic, as the longtime coach is closing in on an astronomical number of games on the touchline:
According to Sportunes, Wenger singled out the performance of his defenders as being vital to the result:
With Liverpool winning at Old Trafford earlier in the day, Arsenal needed to take all three points from White Hart Lane to stay in the title chase, and Rosicky's expert strike ensured the Gunners still have a chance to break their long trophy drought.
Chelsea's surprise loss to Aston Villa has thrown the race for the EPL title wide open as both the Gunners and Liverpool trail the Blues by just four points, and both clubs have a game in hand.
Arsenal will travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea next week in a game that will most likely decide how the rest of the title race plays out.
Tottenham will have their work cut out for them if they want to hold onto their spot in the top five, as Everton are closing in fast. With a game against Portuguese heavyweights Benfica in midweek, the club will have to recover from this derby loss in a hurry.