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Arsenal drop valuable points in derby thriller

Published: Wednesday 20 April 2011, 23.26CET
Arsenal FC's title hopes were dealt a blow when they drew 3-3 with Tottenham Hotspur FC and were replaced in second spot by Chelsea FC, who won 3-1 against Birmingham City FC.
Arsenal drop valuable points in derby thriller
Rafael van der Vaart celebrates scoring Tottenham's third goal ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 20 April 2011, 23.26CET

Arsenal drop valuable points in derby thriller

Arsenal FC's title hopes were dealt a blow when they drew 3-3 with Tottenham Hotspur FC and were replaced in second spot by Chelsea FC, who won 3-1 against Birmingham City FC.

Arsenal FC dropped crucial points in the Premier League title race after surrendering a two-goal lead in a 3-3 draw with arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC.

The north London derby exploded into life with three goals in the opening 12 minutes at White Hart Lane. Theo Walcott's cool finish was soon cancelled out by Rafael van der Vaart, before Samir Nasri restored the Gunners' advantage. Robin van Persie made it 3-1 five minutes before the break, only for Tom Huddlestone to halve the deficit with a sweetly-struck shot.

With the tempo just as relentless after the restart, Tottenham's comeback was complete when Aaron Lennon was felled by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny and Van der Vaart kept his composure from the spot. Despite a flurry of late chances the spoils were shared, meaning Tottenham trail fourth-placed Manchester City FC by two points while Arsenal drop to third following victory for Chelsea FC in Wednesday's other match.

The Blues, level on points with Arsenal and six shy of Manchester United FC, comfortably overcame Birmingham City FC 3-1 at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Florent Malouda (3, 62) and Salomon Kalou's solo effort (26). Sebastian Larsson replied for the visitors with a penalty.

Last updated: 21/04/11 10.59CET

Results

English Premier League 2010/11

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

20/04/2011

ChelseaChelsea3-1BirminghamBirmingham

Kalou 26, Malouda 3, 62

S. Larsson 77 (p)

Venue: London

20/04/2011

TottenhamTottenham3-3ArsenalArsenal

Huddlestone 44, Van der Vaart 7, 70 (p)

Walcott 5, Nasri 12, Van Persie 40

Venue: London

19/04/2011

NewcastleNewcastle0-0Man. UnitedMan. United

Venue: Newcastle

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