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Tottenham move seven points clear of Arsenal

Published: Sunday 3 March 2013, 19.03CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC reclaimed third place in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory against Arsenal FC at White Hart Lane to move seven points clear of their north London rivals.
Tottenham move seven points clear of Arsenal
Aaron Lennon celebrates with Tottenham team-mate Scott Parker ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 3 March 2013, 19.03CET

Tottenham move seven points clear of Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur FC reclaimed third place in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory against Arsenal FC at White Hart Lane to move seven points clear of their north London rivals.

Tottenham Hotspur FC condemned Arsenal FC to a 2-1 defeat to move back into third place and seven points clear of their north London rivals.

In a contest that was slow to catch fire, Gareth Bale almost inevitably lit the fuse with his seventh goal in five league outings on 37 minutes. Skewering Arsenal's back line, Gylfi Sigurdsson sent the relentless Welsh international through on goal and he finished unerringly past Wojciech Szczęsny. The Gunners' concentration flickered again moments later, allowing an unopposed Aaron Lennon to skip around Szczęsny and slide in.

Despair turned to hope for Arsène Wenger's men six minutes after the restart when Per Mertesacker glanced in Theo Walcott's free-kick via a slight deflection off Bale. Spurs were wobbling, yet they should arguably have restored a two-goal advantage as Sigurdsson eschewed the obvious by trying to tee up Bale when one-on-one with Szczęsny.

Jermain Defoe had earlier replaced Emmanuel Adebayor and he was centimetres away from making an impact, dragging a shot narrowly wide. Aaron Ramsey followed suit at the other end, before an audacious Walcott free-kick whistled past a post. The tension inside White Hart Lane was tangible when six additional minutes were displayed, but Arsenal failed to make the most of it and now lie five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea FC.

Last updated: 03/03/13 19.19CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 06/03/2013 14:05 CET

03/03/2013

TottenhamTottenham2-1ArsenalArsenal

Bale 37, Lennon 39

Mertesacker 51

Venue: London

02/03/2013

WiganWigan0-4LiverpoolLiverpool

Downing 2, Suárez 18, 34, 49

Venue: Wigan

02/03/2013

StokeStoke0-1West HamWest Ham

Collison 45+4

Venue: Stoke

02/03/2013

SunderlandSunderland2-2FulhamFulham

Gardner 37 (P), Sessegnon 70

Berbatov 16 (P), Riether 34

Venue: Sunderland

02/03/2013

ChelseaChelsea1-0West BromWest Brom

Ba 28

Venue: London

02/03/2013

SwanseaSwansea1-0NewcastleNewcastle

Moore 85

Venue: Swansea

02/03/2013

EvertonEverton3-1ReadingReading

Fellaini 42, Pienaar 59, Mirallas 66

Robson-Kanu 84

Venue: Liverpool

02/03/2013

Man. UnitedMan. United4-0NorwichNorwich

Kagawa 45+1, 76, 87, Rooney 90

Venue: Manchester

02/03/2013

SouthamptonSouthampton1-2QPRQPR

Ramirez 45+1

Rémy 14, Bothroyd 77

Venue: Southampton

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