Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal
Last Updated: Sun, 03 Mar 2013 18:12
Spurs extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 12 matches with a crucial 2-1 north London derby win against Arsenal.
Two goals in two first-half minutes by Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon proved to be crucial as Andre Villas-Boas' side moved up to third in the table after winning their fourth Premier League match in a row.
But it is now looking grim for the Gunners who are struggling to qualify for next season's Champions League and are now seven points behind their local rivals.
Arsene Wenger's side played well at times but, after edging the opening half-hour, they were undone by some dismal defending.
In the 37th minute Bale was sent clear by Gylfi Sigurdsson's excellent pass before clipping the ball past Wojciech Szczesny.
Just two minutes later, the Arsenal defence was split open again by Scott Parker's throughball, Lennon rounding the hapless Szczesny before slotting the ball into an empty net.
Arsenal were given hope six minutes after the restart though when Per Mertesacker's header from Theo Walcott's free-kick deflected off Bale and past Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal.
Spurs suffered second-half injuries to Emmanuel Adebayor and Mousa Dembele but Bale and Sigurdsson wasted fine chances to restore their two-goal advantage.
Arsenal probed for an equaliser and Aaron Ramsey wasted their best chance when he scuffed a shot wide after finding space for himself down the right but, as has so often been the case, they were unable to find the killer ball.