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Spurs sink Arsenal's title hopes

2010-04-14 23:05

London - Tottenham Hotspur delivered a hammer blow to Arsenal's Premier League title challenge with a 2-1 win over their north London rivals at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Harry Redknapp's team claimed only their second win in 29 league games against the Gunners thanks to a stunning 10th minute volley from teenage winger Danny Rose, who was making his Premier League debut, and Gareth Bale's first goal of the season two minutes after half-time.

Inspired by the arrival of Robin van Persie as a second half substitute in his first appearance after a five-month injury lay-off, Arsenal got one back through Nicklas Bendtner in the 85th minute.

But the loss left third placed Arsenal six points behind leaders Chelsea with four games to play and all but ended their hopes of winning the title for the first time since 2004.

Tottenham, who were able to celebrate their first league win over Arsenal since November 1999, remain fifth and are now just one point behind fourth placed Manchester City in the race to snatch the final Champions League spot.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa rescued a late 2-2 draw against Everton at Villa Park.

Martin O'Neill's team trailed twice as Australian midfielder Tim Cahill struck in the 23rd minute and then again in the 74th minute after Gabby Agbonlahor had equalised for Villa in the 72nd minute.

But Phil Jagielka's 90th minute own goal saved seventh placed Villa and kept them four points ahead of their opponents.

At the DW Stadium, FA Cup finalists Portsmouth, already relegated from the Premier League, managed to hold on for a 0-0 draw against struggling Wigan despite fielding an inexperienced team and naming just four substitutes.

The draw moved Wigan five points clear of the relegation zone.

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Comments
  • FannyMay - 2010-04-14 23:18

    Well done Spurs...now bring on Kelsea, then FU, ag I mean MU...hehehe!! This is the season of upsets (not that Spurs are the underdogs...!!)

  • Man U - 2010-04-15 07:08

    Lovely result! For Spurs that is! Hope they can repeat this perofrmance against Chelski on Sat! Spurs are definatley one of the teams that will be right up there next season. They have a great squad and an excellent manager! Hope they finish 4th so that Man City can eat the Europa scraps!

  • Soccer fan - 2010-04-15 07:14

    Poor performance from the Gunners. Seemed like they are still recovering from the Barca game. Not champion material as yet.... On the brighter side, Good to see Van Persie back....he was definitely missed for the last 5 months

  • Ardiles - 2010-04-15 07:27

    Ooooooooh yeah! What a marvelous morning, a Rose is a Rose by any name, you beauty, such a wonderful strike.

  • steve - 2010-04-15 07:44

    I cannot begin to describe how much abuse I've had to endure at the hands of all my Arsenal mates! Sorry lads but big up for the SPURS this time round, even though we still trail you! Now, who shall I phone first.....

  • Malcolm - 2010-04-15 07:55

    That goal from Rose was surely the goal of the season!! Well done Tottenham! Now go out and do the same to over rated Chelski on Saturday!

  • Veronica - 2010-04-15 07:58

    Who are Chelski and Kelsea?

  • turbo_superboss - 2010-04-15 08:01

    what do you mean the season of upsets, Chelsea and United are on top of the league, that doesn't seem like an upset to me.

  • Maverick - 2010-04-15 08:07

    What's wrong. ManU(re)? Shaking already? We're coming for you next. Nest season, after the Americans sell Rooney at the end of this season like they did Prima Donna last season, who's going to save your bacon then? Berbaflop? Bet old Baconface now wish he could hold on to Tevez... CTID! ;-)

  • Kube$ - 2010-04-15 08:08

    very Very Very Disappointing to say the least. Bendter needs to play for Hull or Pompey or some team like that, we need another holding midfielder like a Veira and another striker. Very very Very sad at this. The league is over.

  • Lamps**ching ching** - 2010-04-15 08:20

    Well Played Spurs!Gonna be a Tough one for the Blues at the weekend. Rose's Goal was Insane

  • Nash the Gunner - 2010-04-15 08:20

    What a goal by Rose, Congrats to Spurs hope you make it to CL next season. Arsene Wenger please could you just let Silvestre f@ck off already, I'm sure there is a defender in the reserves that will put up a better performance than that ex Man U donkey

  • Arsenal fan - 2010-04-15 08:26

    Not sure Mr. Wenger got the strategy right last night...bringing on v Persie a bit earlier could have made a big difference to the score line. Well played Campbell, brilliant game under the circumstances.

  • TRUE Red - 2010-04-15 09:01

    Well done to Spurs, but come on guy's, Gomez, who I normally call "Gormless", made save AMAZING saves - the Gunner's deserved a draw at the least IMHO

  • Ricky Bobby - 2010-04-15 10:29

    Very dissappointing result, surely its Chelsea to take it this year - The young guy rose scored probably the goal of the season and then the gods started working against us - Vermaelen injured - RVP came on and looked really sharp, just thought Wenger shouldv made the change sooner, befor Walcot actually - im not gonna blame or cirtisize any players but Bendtner should never ever start for Arsenal - he should come on in the last 10min if we need him - i can think of a 100 strikers in the EPL thats better then him - Carton Cole for instance, think he would be a good addition - the bottom line is, WE HAVE BEEN PLAGUED BY INJURIES AND THE LEAGUE WOULD LOOK VERY DIFFERENT HAD RVP BEEN FIT - imagine Chelsea or united missing 7 from there starting line up all at the same time, lampard, terry, drogba essien, anelka, cole ballack, and maybe, rooney vidic evra fletcher nani carrick berbetov - no excuse but i feel we wouldv done alot better - dont think chelsea or united couldv coped given our injury worries - from dec to feb we played with not a single striker - anyway we'll be back stronger

  • Mark - 2010-04-15 11:44

    Pretty, but no penetration.Bendtner definitely does not have BMT and goes missing in these big games.Pity Gunners have so many injuries - as they would have competed admirably - pretty much the same story with Liverpool !

  • AL - 2010-04-15 13:48

    "injuries" - "next season". Thats all the arse-anal supporters can come up with. Good on you Spurs!!!!! Now dare I say it but c`mon Liverpool!!

  • Ryan - 2010-04-15 14:42

    Thank you Spurs for beating Arsenal and keeping them behind United in the title race . Result might have been a lot different if Wenger had brought on Van Persie earlier in the game - the boy is just different class and he is to Arsenal what Rooney is to United . He is right up there with the best . Such a pity that he has been plagued by injuries throughout his career . Now if Spurs can replicate last night's form on Saturday ,Chelski just might have a game on their hands .

  • Big K - 2010-04-15 21:29

    Rose Amongst the thorns,lol!! Def goal of the season! Same old $ hitty excuses from the gooners supporters, diff game, url played k@k, bottomline, most of the game at least!!Well Done Spurs!!

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