Arsenal beaten 2-0 in north London Derby at White Hart Lane
Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at White Hart Lane this afternoon.
The result keeps Spurs four points behind leaders Chelsea in the table and means that they will finish ahead of Arsenal in the league for the first time in 22 years.
Chelsea had won 3-0 earlier in the day against Everton at Goodison Park.
Defeat for Arsenal keeps them in sixth place in the table.
The Gunners are five points behind fifth place Manchester United and six points behind fourth place Manchester City.
Manchester United drew 1-1 at home to Swansea City earlier today. Whilst neighbours Manchester City were also held 2-2 by Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
Tottenham secured victory in 146 second half minutes in the last north London derby to be played at White Hart Lane before its redevelopment.
Spurs opened the scoring in the 55th minute.
Dele Alli started and finished the move.
He broke into the penalty area, then picked out Christian Eriksen, who got his shot away.
The ball fell to Alli who capitalised on an attempted clearance by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to find the net. It was Alli’s 21st Spurs goal of the season
Less than three minutes later Spurs had doubled their lead.
Gabriel was adjudged to have fouled Harry Kane inside the penalty area.
Kane made no mistake from the penalty spot with a low shot into the corner of the net past Petr Cech.
It took Kane’s tally to six goals in five north London derbies.
Tottenham are unbeaten in each of their last six league encounters with Arsenal (W2 D4). It’s the first time they gone six consecutive league games without defeat against the Gunners.
In contrast Arsenal’s only win in their last eight Premier League visits to White Hart Lane was 1-0 in March 2014 (D3, L5).
The Gunners were also kept goalless for only the second time in the last 37 Premier League north London derbies – the other being a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane in February 2009.
Arsenal now face an even greater uphill task to secure a top four finish.
Whilst after the respite from last Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City, the spotlight will return to Arsene Wenger’s future and to the resilience and mental strength of his players.
Arsenal: Cech, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gabriel (Bellerin), Koscielny, Monreal, Gibbs, Xhaka (Welbeck), Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud (Walcott)