Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Spurs down Arsenal in derby

04 March 2013, 09:11

London - Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal 2-1 in a typically frantic North London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday to move into third place in the English Premier League and open up a seven-point gap on their arch-rivals in the hunt for a Champions League spot.

Both Spurs goals came in a two-minute burst shortly before halftime with man-of-the-moment Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon scoring before Arsenal hit back with a header from Per Mertesacker six minutes into the second half.

Bale and Lennon scored after finding huge gaps in the centre of Arsenal's defence and both teams had plenty of chances to score in an all-action second half.

But Spurs, who stretched their unbeaten league run to 12 matches, held on to move above Chelsea with 54 points from 28 games.

Arsenal stayed fifth on 47 points after failing to win at White Hart Lane for the fifth successive season.

It was all Arsenal for first 25 minutes, with the visitors closing Spurs down quickly and looking far more impressive than they had done in many recent matches, especially the game against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last month.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla were dominating the midfield with Bale and Moussa Dembele largely anonymous but despite all their superiority Arsenal failed to make the breakthrough.

Spurs gradually played their way back into the match but also failed to create a real scoring chance in the opening 30 minutes.

All that changed in a two-minute spell before half-time.

So much of the pre-match hype was centred on Tottenham's Welsh midfielder Bale, who had been in stunning form with eight goals in his previous six matches in all competitions.

Right on cue, he fired Spurs ahead, narrowly staying onside to collect a through ball from Gylfi Sigurdsson and shoot into the far corner of Wojciech Szczesny's net.

Arsenal's defence was quickly breached again when Scott Parker picked out Lennon who beat the offside trap and waltzed round Szczesny to double the lead.

Arsenal won last season's derby at the Emirates 5-2 after trailing 2-0 and they came back into the match when Mertesacker headed home at the near post from a Theo Walcott free kick.

Spurs had three superb chances to wrap the match up through Bale, Sigurdsson and substitute Jermain Defoe while Aaron
Ramsey wasted a late opportunity to equalise for the Gunners.

- Reuters

NEXT ON NEWS24 KENYAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
8 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Gabriel Ngallah
Police officer shot in a gunfire ...

A police officer based at the Urban Police station in Mombasa was on Friday night seriously injured in a shoot out within Kizingo area in Mombasa. Read more...

Submitted by
Mbugua Marc
Jubilee Women's league defends Uh...

Jubilee Parliamentary Women's Group has lashed at CORD Coalition for personalizing the Ministry of Health scam and viciously attacking the ‘First family’. Read more...

Submitted by
Mbugua Marc
Elderly man gored to death by str...

A 70-year old man has been gored to death by a buffalo in Kongoni area of Naivasha while on his way home. Read more...

Jubilee women legislators slam at...

Eight Jubilee Legislators have now asked Cord leader Raila Odinga to stop politicizing the 5 billion shillings in the Ministry of health scandal.  Read more...

Submitted by
Vincent Munga
Young professionals to make Kenya...

A group of young professionals affiliated to the Jubilee government have called upon Kenyans to not only look on negative side of the government but also loud good projects that has been done over a little period of time. Read more...

Election operation plan in place,...

Outgoing Independent IEBC have established an election operation plan 2017 in a bid to ensure that there is free and fair elections in the upcoming general elections. Read more...