Saturday, 4 January 2014

Arsenal vs Tottenham - LIVE Coverage:

Arsenal host Tottenham in the second north London derby between the two this season.

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post where I have LIVE Coverage of the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham at The Emirates Stadium - with a twist. The game is not a normal EPL match, as this weekend's English fixtures are the FA Cup 3rd Round Proper. 

A win for either side will see them progress to the Fourth Round, while the loser will be a notable absence for the rest of the tournament. A draw will see a replay take place in a couple of weeks, just like the Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City game which finished 1-1 earlier this afternoon. 

Here are the results from the other FA Cup matches being played today (ties including EPL teams only): 

Blackburn Rovers 1 Manchester City 1 
Aston Villa 1 Sheffield United 2
Everton 4 QPR 0
Middlesborough 0 Hull City 2
Newcastle United 1 Cardiff City 2
Norwich City 1 Fulham 1
Southampton 4 Burnley 3
Stoke City 2 Leicester City 1
West Brom 0 Crystal Palace 2

And now for the LIVE Coverage of the Arsenal vs Tottenham match:

17:40 - 25 minutes played at The Emirates and so far it is the hosts who have had the most clear cut chances, Walcott being denied on numerous occasions by French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Young German teenager Serge Gnabry starts for The Gunners, and he has played well on the flank assisting Walcott up-front - narrowly missing a shot from 20 yards out which skimmed the bar as it flew past Lloris. 

Tottenham have been dangerous on the counter attack with Lennon and Eriksen, but have failed to trouble their rivals as much as they would have liked in the opening 25 minutes. 

28: Tottenham starting to get involved in the match more, but Arsenal's defence is holding off Dembele, Adebayor and Eriksen well enough - for now. 

30: Tottenham still look nervous on the ball, with both sides giving away possession cheaply at the moment as they try and find the balance and space to shoot. 

31: GOAL! Arsenal find space in behind the Tottenham defence to break the deadlock thanks to great individual play by Gnabry who made a great run from the flank to feed a through ball to Cazorla running towards goal who makes no mistake firing across Lloris' goal into the bottom corner of the net. The Gunners lead 1-0. 

Straight across goal: Santi Cazorla fires Arsenal ahead in the 31st minute.

About time: Cazorla celebrates his finish with the youngster who assisted him, Gnabry.
FACT: The youngster who assisted Cazorla for the opener is in-fact the youngest player on the pitch. Gnabry at 18 years of age. 

38: Another chance gone for Arsenal! A corner whipped into the area finds Walcott in space for a shot, but the forward fires the ball over the bar! Needs to keep his shots on target otherwise he won't trouble Lloris..

45: The fourth official indicates on the electronic board for just 1 minute of stoppage time at the end of the first-half, while Walcott goes on the counter attack to feed Cazorla with a high ball over the top of Chiriches' head - but the bounce is not kind to the Spaniard and Spurs clear. 

45+1: Adebayor is penalized for pushing Sagna in the back as Fabianski boots the free-kick out of danger as the referee blows his whistle for half-time. 

Arsenal 1 Tottenham 0

The Gunners are currently leading at home against Spurs, probably should be winning more comfortably than they are - should be winning 2/3 goals to nil if Walcott was lucky enough to take more of his chances. 
Having said that, Spurs did create some of their own chances but were unable to find the final ball to finish past Fabianski. 

18:17: The second half has begun, with Arsenal making a defensive substitution;
Thomas Vermaelen OFF
Per Mertesacker ON

50: Tottenham looking for the gap in the Arsenal defence to exploit, but Arsenal are doing well to try and keep hold of the ball at the moment. 

53: A Tottenham chance goes begging as Soldado finds himself in space on the edge of the area before he sees Koscielny running at full speed towards him to block his strike, he lashes at the ball and it fizzes against the turf out for a goal-kick. 

55: Ouch. Walcott looks in some discomfort as Chiriches accidentally stands on the back of his foot and the English forward rolls his ankle against the turf as he falls down.

56: Walcott looks to have shaken off the knock, as Adebayor has a glorious chance to equalise for Spurs against his old club with a chance free from 12-yards out... but he slips, loses his footing and does not connect properly with the shot as Fabianski comes to collect. 

60: Great counter-attacking football by Arsenal, with Gnabry dribbling past his marker on the flank to feed Walcott near the touchline.... Walcott runs to the ball, beating both Lloris and Dawson who collide with each other and go to ground, but he could not find his feet quick enough and hit the strike into the side netting. 

62: GOAL! Tomas Rosicky doubles Arsenal's lead with a confident chip over a helpless Lloris after an unfortunate mistake by full-back Danny Rose, who loses ball possession as Rosicky steals the ball from him and goes 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper to clinically finish the chance and give Arsenal a bit of breathing space in the north London derby. 

63: Tottenham SUB:
Roberto Soldado OFF
Nacer Chadli ON

A case of fresh legs for Spurs, with manager Tim Sherwood understanding the importance of winning this derby game for the supporters and players also. Soldado has not provided enough in the game, and he is being consequently substituted. 

66: PENALTY DENIED! A half-hearted penalty appeal by some of the Arsenal players, as a good through ball by Wilshere to full-back Nacho Monreal on the flank is about to be crossed into the box.. 
Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker is adjudged to push the Spaniard down to ground near the touchline... but referee Mark Clattenburg says there was not enough contact and points to the goal-kick spot. 

69: PENALTY DENIED! 2 good penalty decisions within 3 minutes, as Monreal is adjudged to block Walker from running past him near the penalty area, and the English full-back falls to ground too easily for a penalty. 

70: Arsenal SUB:
Jack Wilshere OFF
Mathieu Flamini ON

Solid sub for Arsenal, Flamini replacing Wilshere in the hub of midfield to stem the flow of attacking intent from the Tottenham substitutes who have come on, along with Walker, Lennon, Adebayor and Eriksen who will all be looking to trouble Arsenal in the last 20 minutes. 

75: Arsenal SUB:
Mikel Arteta OFF
Mesut Ozil ON

FACT: This is Ozil's first taste of a north London derby, and his first appearance in the FA Cup.

77: Tottenham have a corner at a dangerous point in the game, but the attempted header hits the side netting on the way out. 

80: Walcott is looking uncomfortable down on the turf yet again, this time the physio are trying to treat his injury before Tottenham take the corner-kick. 

82: Doesn't look good for Walcott. The physio have a stretcher out (probably for precautionary measures) and Walcott doesn't look as bad as he did when he first went down. 

No more substitutes for Arsenal, so The Gunners are down to ten men for the last 10 minutes or so of the match. Can Spurs take advantage? 

86: Spurs with a free-kick in a dangerous position, going all out for some way back into the tie... but the resulting kick is blocked well and cleared away by Mertesacker as Tottenham continue the pressure. 

88: Solid defending again by Arsenal as Tottenham continue to try and press.. the longer this continues the less likely Spurs will score... almost game over now..

90: The fourth official has signalled for 5 minutes of stoppage time at the end of the match, while Gnabry feeds Ozil on the counter attack, while the fellow German has a well-struck shot parried away by Lloris.

90+1: Tottenham young midfielder Nabil Bentaleb does well to find space for a team-mate on the flank, while the rest of his team try and continue with the constant pressure but Arsenal track back well to defend against it. 

90+2: Spurs full-back Danny Rose steps inside the area to shape to shoot.. but his strike deflects off a fellow team-mate and hits the advertising board out for a goal-kick. 

90+4: Arsenal looking comfortable at the back, with Fabianski taking his time to smash the ball upfield once again as whistles start to blow from Arsenal supporters in the crowd. 

90+5: Referee Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle for full-time at The Emirates, with Arsenal winning with a comfortable 2-0 scoreline. Goals from Santi Cazorla in the first-half, and Tomas Rosicky just before the 70th minute in the second-half gave The Gunners a great win against their north London rivals Tottenham. 

Arsenal now progress to the Last 32 of the FA Cup. 

Thank you all for reading, hope you enjoyed... I will have another LIVE Coverage of the FA Cup matches being played tomorrow, until then speak to you later :)