NORTH LONDON DERBY: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2-0 ARSENAL

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli opens scoring

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli battle for possession during the Premier League North London Derby match between Spurs and the Gunners at White Hart Lane on April 30, 2017 in London, England.

NORTH LONDON DERBY: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2-0 ARSENAL

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FC Chelsea moved closer to the England Premier League title by defeating Everton on Sunday. Tottenham Hotspur kept the pressure on later in the day when they defeated FC Arsenal 2-0 in the North London Derby at White Hart Lane.

You can still buy Chelsea tickets, Tottenham Hotspur tickets, Liverpool tickets, Manchester City tickets, Manchester United tickets, Arsenal tickets, and Everton tickets to enjoy the last games of the season. Arsene Wenger's men met Mauricio Pochetino's side in the North London Derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur welcomed Arsenal to White Hart Lane for one of the last games to be played at the old stadium. Spurs remain unbeaten on home soil in domestic competition this season with a run of results that now extends to 22 matches. Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs team got their act together after their defeat in the FA Cup semi-finals against Chelsea to claim a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night, and a 2-0 win in the North London Derby against the Gunners on Sunday. The triumph against the Eagles was Spurs' eighth successive Premier League win, and the derby win against Arsenal is the ninth.

Spurs managed to maintain momentum on Sunday as they picked up three precious points against the Gunners. Spurs is now assured of finishing above Arsenal in the Premier League for the first time in 22 years due to their victory in the popular North London Derby before a full house of supporters.

Arsenal and Arsene Wenger went into this clash in good spirits; after their 2-1 win against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals last weekend. Arsenal will contest their 20th FA Cup final in May, the first team to reach that milestone, and Arsenal's push for a place in the top four was bolstered by a narrow 1-0 win against Leicester City in north London on Wednesday night. Previously, Arsenal boasted an impressive record in the North London Derby in recent years, having lost only one of their last nine matches against Spurs. Going into the match, Wenger's men, winners in their last two Premier League games, were favored to derail Spurs' title challenge by becoming the first visiting team to win at White Hart Lane this season. The Gunners have a poor recent record on the road though, winning just two of their last eight away matches in all competitions and one of those victories came against non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup fifth round. Despite the odds in their favor, Wenger’s side lost any realistic chance of Champions League qualification next season.

All of the previous six meetings between the two titan teams have seen goals scored at both ends, and more than two goals have been scored in all but one of the last nine renewals of this rivalry at White Hart Lane. Tottenham have been in amazing form at White Hart Lane, scoring 25 goals in their last seven home games. 

Saturday, 29 April
Southampton 0-0 Hull City
Stoke City 0-0 West Ham United
Sunderland 0-1 Bournemouth
West Brom 0-1 Leicester City
Crystal Palace 0-2 Burnley

Sunday, 30 April
Manchester United 1-1 Swansea City 
Everton 0-3 Chelsea
Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester City
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Monday, 1 May
Watford 0-1 Liverpool  

Match Report

North London Derby: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur goals: Dele Alli 55, Harry Kane 58 Pen

Premier League points, local pride and bragging rights were at stake in Sunday’s passionate clash between the Spurs and Gunners titan clubs. Both North London club managers have an abundance of talent on board at their disposal and the giant clubs provided an entertaining encounter with so much to play for.

The Spurs manager and his side were absolutely thrilled with their victory on Sunday against Arsenal as goals by Dele Alli and Harry Kane confirm that the Spurs will finish above their North London arch-rivals this season. After the win, Harry Kane was asked how he felt about the result.

Incredible. We obviously wanted to finish the last north London derby here on a high note and we did that. We worked hard, we created the better chances, what a day. A great weekend for us,” responded Kane. “It was a penalty for me. I was clipped, it was a foul. I went down the middle earlier in the season against Arsenal which is probably why Petr Cech stayed there this time. “We’re only thinking about the title race - the fans having bragging rights is just an added bonus.”

Arsenal suffered derby disappointment as the Spurs won the last North London Derby at the old White Hart Lane. The win keeps Spurs in the hunt for the 2017 title, as goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane moved Mauricio Pochettino's side to within four points of EPL league leaders Chelsea, who won 3-0 at Everton earlier in the day. In the past, Arsenal have won many games at the home of their cross-town neighbors, twice sealing the England Premier League title at the historic venue. But this time the Gunners failed to take advantage of the points dropped by Manchester City and Manchester United in the fierce battle for Champions League qualification. Arsenal is now in sixth, six points back from fourth-placed Manchester City and five behind Manchester United, who visit Emirates Stadium next weekend, when Tottenham Hotspurs contest another London derby against West Ham.  

Spurs tried to open the scoring early with a shot from Kane and Toby Alderweireld, and Alli nearly broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute. Three minutes later Christian Eriksen clipped the bar with a volleyed effort after Victor Wanyama had beaten Song Heung-min down the left. The South Korea international went past Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the touchline, raced into the area, only to see a curling attempt blocked. Arsenal were restricted to half chances for Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez from range, Jan Vertonghen tested Cech in first-half injury time. Spurs got off to a strong start in the second half, Wanyama calling Cech into action with a fierce curling strike. Spurs broke the deadlock in the 55th minute as Alli's footwork created a chance for Eriksen, who had his close-range shot from a tight angle saved by Cech. The goalkeeper sent the ball back into the danger area, where it was sent home by the young England midfielder. Only three minutes later the Spurs were gifted a second by Kane as the striker made no mistake with his spot-kick, tucking his effort just inside the post to leave a stunned Cech with no chance, as Kane became the leading Spurs scorer in Premier League north London derbies.

Wenger’s 3-4-3 formation that had been successful in Arsenal's recent wins failed them against their derby rivals, and Wenger's second-half substitutes, including Theo Walcott proved unable to force a route back into a contest that Tottenham comfortably dominated throughout. Tottenham have won nine consecutive league games for the first time since October 1960, when they won 13 in a row. Harry Kane has 27 goals in all competitions this season – only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28) and Sergio Aguero (31) have scored more for Premier League teams this season. Kane has scored in every England Premier League fixture he’s played against Arsenal, netting six goals in five games.

Arsenal striker Mesut Ozil was reportedly involved in a Tottenham tunnel bust-up after the match. The Gunners midfielder took was angry after he was again the nominated player to take a drug test. German international Ozil flew into a rage after the Gunners loss when he was asked to take a dope test. Ozil refused at first and he was threatened with being fined at which point he kicked a door in frustration about the number of times he has been targeted for a post-match drug test this campaign. Ozil’s frustration about Arsenal’s season not ending in a top-four finish was apparent in his display of anger. The Gunners loss to the Spurs leaves Arsene Wenger’s side struggling to reach the Champions League tournament.

Arsenal face uncertainty over their biggest two stars. The Gunners may be losing patience with Ozil who is stalling on a new contract offer with a deal worth £280,000-a-week deal on the table. Ozil, twenty-eight, has made it clear he is happy in London but wants success and is wondering if Arsenal can continue to compete at the top of the EPL Table. There is obvious disillusionment among Gunner supporters regarding Ozil’s poor performances this season amid the club’s disappointing campaign. Ozil has publicly praised Arsene Wenger and said he wants to know the Boss’s plans before deciding on his own future. But he has voiced concerns to his teammates about the direction of the club if Wenger stays. Gunners boss Wenger is expected to sign a new two-year deal with the club. Insiders believe the 67-year-old Frenchman will stay at the Emirates to try and rebuild the club.

There has not been the same level of interest in Ozil as Alexis Sanchez, the Chile forward who is also out of contract in 2018. Arsenal have offered Sanchez in excess of £250,000-a-week but Chelsea and both Manchester clubs are also interested in him. Arsenal are targeting big summer deals with Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk top of their list.

For the first time in 22 years, Arsenal will finish below Tottenham Hotspur in the England Premier League. Arsène Wenger did not try to play it down when he faced the media after Sunday’s derby. The boss has overseen years of supremacy in north London but he accepts that Arsenal were beaten by the better team according to Arsenal.com. The Gunners are 17 points behind the Spurs to date. 

Look, the points are the points,” said Wenger. “They do not come from heaven, you earn them on the pitch. That's it. Look, whether I believe it or not, the gap is there. That is often in the final part of the season, that can go one way or the other without really reflecting the difference between the teams. But I know it's a good subject for the media. It will be very difficult now, but we have to fight. We have a cup final, we have still a chance to get into the top four and we have to recover from today and prepare for our next games.”

Arsenal’s No. 1 goalie, Petr Cech’s display was not lost on Arsène Wenger.

"He had an outstanding performance," Wenger told Arsenal.com. "He was one of the players who turned up today and it shows that he still has it at the top level."

The final London derby at the Lane will be remembered for two goals in just 146 seconds that turned the game around firmly in Tottenham Hotspur’s favor.

"It’s a big blow [to concede two goals so quickly] but I think on the first goal we were a bit naive and that was disappointing," said Wenger. "I felt it was a tight game until they scored the first goal. After, we conceded the second one straightaway and then mentally we were under shock a little bit. From then on, it became difficult for us. Overall I think if you look at the chances created, Spurs deserved to win the game. We didn’t create enough, we didn’t take our chances. There was plenty of room in the first half to do more than what we did with the balls we had. That is the regret of the game today. I think the players really wanted it and gave everything until the end. But we lack something at the moment that is a mixture of confidence, creativity, quality to finish what we start. I think recently the team is still not completely back to the confidence level that is needed."

Arsenal’s top-four rivals dropped points, with both Manchester clubs held to draws.

"It makes our defeat mathematically less worse but it hurts to lose a game like that," said Wenger.

According to the Arsenal.com website, Petr Cech can't be faulted for his North London Derby performance. The superstar goalkeeper pulled off world-class saves to deny Jan Vertonghen, Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane, and even thwarted Christian Eriksen from close range only for Dele Alli to steer in the rebound. Petr was asked how he felt when he gave a post-match interview in the tunnel at White Hart Lane.

"Angry and disappointed because obviously, this is not a game we wanted to lose and this is a very big disappointment for us,” replied Cech. “At half-time, I felt we were in the game and in the second half we wanted to improve, we wanted to play to win the game. The second half was our best half - they put us under pressure, created chances and in the end they scored two goals. With all the emotions, I have to say that we met a team that was full of confidence, well organized, and they are having their best season. I think today that showed, that little bit of more confidence and quality on their side. The goals obviously made a big difference. We need to win our remaining games and then we will see. The others are losing points as well sometimes so our job is to win the remaining games and then we will see.”

“It hurts because it was a huge game for both teams,” added Cech. “They needed to win to keep their title chances alive. We needed to win to keep our Champions League finishing position [hopes] alive and obviously, we are very disappointed because it’s a north London derby, it means a lot to the fans and it meant a lot to the club, to us. We needed three points and in the end, we have none. I think they created a lot of chances and they managed to score the first goal, which obviously helped them. Two minutes later they had a penalty which they put into the back of the net. When you are 2-0 down against a team having their best season, who are full of confidence, it’s going to always be difficult and it was difficult for us to get back into the game. We need to win the remaining games and hope some of the teams ahead of us slip.”

Our target is to play for titles so we are disappointed with our season because we aren’t playing for a title,” continued Cech. “We have five games to play and we are out of the title race. It was not the objective so we are disappointed with that. Tottenham finishing above us or doing better is one thing, but I think the most important thing for the club, for the players, for everybody is to reach your own targets, not to worry about what the others are doing.” 

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The defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals was devastating for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side as the Gunners were denied the opportunity to move to within two points of Manchester United. They remain five points behind Jose Mourinho’s side in sixth place, and next they have to take on the Red Devils in their next Premier League match.

North London Derby Squads

Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Kane Subs: Vorm, Walker, Wimmer, Dembele, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Janssen

Arsenal

Cech, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud Subs: Ospina, Walcott, Holding, Iwobi, Welbeck, Bellerin, Coquelin

Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat of Arsenal means the Spurs can now put "psychological pressure" on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, says Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine said Sunday's win was "fantastic for our fans", as Spurs ended a 22-year delay to finish above their derby rivals. The Argentine added that the "most important" thing was keeping up with league leaders Chelsea, who earned three points by beating Everton 3-0. Chelsea's victory at Everton earlier on Sunday moved Antonio Conte's side seven points clear of their closest challengers.

"We are in the race and the gap is back to four points," said Pochettino. "We have to be focused now. We have another big game against West Ham on Friday, another difficult derby. That could be a chance to put psychological pressure on Chelsea. We play before them and, if we win, we will see what happens when Chelsea play Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday."

Chelsea have been top of the league since 5 November, and were 10 points clear as recently as 19 March. They have since lost twice, to Crystal Palace and Manchester United.

"I can understand our fans being excited about finishing above Arsenal, but I don't feel the same because for me it is about trying to win the title," said Pochettino. "It is so important now to try and win trophies every season - that is our aim. It's true that it will be difficult but we will see what happens."

Sunday's match was the last London Derby to played at White Hart Lane in its current incarnation. Tottenham will play their home games at Wembley for the 2017-18 season while construction work takes place on their new stadium. The club's new 61,000-seater ground is being built next to the site of their current home.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring Spurs second goal in the Premier League North London Derby match between Spurs and the Gunners at White Hart Lane on April 30, 2017 in London, England.