Sunday, 3 March 2013

Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1 - Match Report

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post, where I have a match report from today's North London derby between 3rd placed Tottenham Hotspur and 5th placed Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Arsenal 1

The Gunners dominated the first 30 minutes of the first-half, having all of the possession and chances aswell as putting pressure on the hosts at White Hart Lane but failed to take any of their chances.

Their defensive frailities showed soon afterwards, when in-form Welsh winger Gareth Bale and English winger Aaron Lennon both showed their pace and quality by getting past the Arsenal defence with ease before slotting shots past Szczesny into the net.

Asleep: Bale beats the Arsenal defence with ease before slotting the ball past Szczesny into the net to make it 1-0.

Red-hot form: Gareth Bale has scored 9 goals in his last 7 appearances for Tottenham.
2 quick: Aaron Lennon scores the EXACT goal as Bale a minute later to make it 2-0 to Spurs before half-time.

Emotion: Lennon is mobbed by team-mates Parker and Adebayor after going 2-0 ahead against Arsenal.

The scoreline was 2-0 to the hosts at half-time, with under-fire manager Arsene Wenger having to deliver some team-talk to encourage and motivate his players having dominated for most of the first half without scoring a goal.

German defender Per Mertesacker made up for one of his defensive mistakes in the first-half to score a header and make sure that the last 35 minutes were tense for the hosts. 

Late charge: Per Mertesacker celebrates scoring a header to make it 2-1, his 2nd goal in 2 against Spurs.

Despite a typical late charge by Arsenal, pressing throughout and testing French International goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Spurs stuck firm in defence thanks to a good showing from centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson to secure a special 2-1 victory over their fierce London rivals Arsenal.

The match was (as always nowadays) marred by controversy and poor behaviour from the Arsenal fans, as they threw bananas at former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor and Gareth Bale, along with some vicious chanting by a small section of the crowd who were mocking (Adebayor) him about the tragedy in 2010 where he almost died on International duty with Togo after an ambush on the team's coach.

Adebayor was stretched off injured (in an un-related incident) while Andre Villas Boas sealed a famous win for his Tottenham side, which moves them 7 points clear of Arsenal in 3rd place, jumping Chelsea who beat West Brom 1-0 yesterday.

In agony: Emmanuel Adebayor writhes on the floor injured against his former team Arsenal.

Serious: The paramedics and physio had to stretcher the former Arsenal man off the pitch.

Arsene Wenger will only face more critisicm from the Arsenal fans and general football public pleading with him to resign soon as The Gunners are not on the same level as they were a few years ago, amid reports in the newspapers today that there WILL be an Arab takeover for £1.5billlion pounds next season at Arsenal PROVIDED they qualify for the Champions League and finish in the top 4 this season.

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