Monday, October 3, 2011

Tottenham win derby North London!

LONDON —Tottenham inflicted Arsenal’s fourth loss of the Premier League season on Sunday, winning the north London derby 2-1 to give Arsene Wenger a miserable start to his 16th year as Gunners manager. Rafael van der Vaart scored the 10,000th goal in Tottenham history just before halftime and Kyle Walker clinched the victory with his first for the club in the 73rd minute after Aaron Ramsey’s equalizer for Arsenal. “Arsenal are a ball possession team and we found it difficult at times but we dug deep and got the result we needed,” Walker said.Harry Redknapp’s side has now won three of the last four league derbies and drawn the other against an Arsenal side which has finished in the top four for the last 15 years.

The buildup to the match had surrounded Emmanuel Adebayor’s reaction to facing fans of former club Arsenal, but he stayed calm despite taunts about the...
deadly attack on the Togo team in 2010 and helped to provide Tottenham’s opener. Van der Vaart brought down Adebayor’s cross with his chest before volleying through Per Mertesacker and Sagna into the bottom corner of the net. Wenger was angry that the Netherlands playmaker appeared to use an arm to control the ball. Adebayor was denied a winner when one-on-one with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after being fed by Bale, producing a weak shot rather than attempting to round the goalkeeper. But Szczesny allowed Walker’s swerving, dipping shot to go through his arms to give Spurs a win that raises their hopes of returning to the top after missing out last season.

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