• Date: Wed 14 April 2010
  • Venue: White Hart Lane
  • Ref: Clattenburg, M
  • Attendance: 36,041
Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur

Rose (10)

Bale (47)

2 - 1


Bendtner (85)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

Team Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Younes Kaboul
Michael Dawson
Ledley King
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Tom Huddlestone
Luka Modric
Danny Rose (David Bentley, 46)
Roman Pavlyuchenko (Peter Crouch, 89)
Jermain Defoe (Eidur Gudjohnsen, 68)


Manuel Almunia
Bacary Sagna (Theo Walcott, 53)
Thomas Vermaelen (Mikael Silvestre, 20)
Gael Clichy
Sol Campbell
Vassiriki Abou Diaby
Tomas Rosicky
Samir Nasri
Pereira Neves Denilson (Robin van Persie, 68)
Emmanuel Eboue
Nicklas Bendtner

Match Report
Arsenal saw their title hopes virtually disappear as strikes from Danny Rose and Gareth Bale handed Tottenham a 2-1 victory, their first over their arch rivals since 1999. Arsene Wenger's side needed to take maximum points from their final five games if they were to stand any chance of winning the league, but they look set to end another season without major silverware once again as they are six points behind leaders Chelsea with just four games to play. In stark contrast, it was a night to remember for Spurs, who finally put to bed a dismal record which had seen them go 20 league games without a win over their north London rivals. After losing the FA Cup semi-final against Portsmouth last Sunday, this was the perfect way for Harry Redknapp's team to bounce back. Rose was making his first league start for Tottenham and will never forget his memorable volley which put the side in front. Bale added a second before Nicklas Bendtner made it a nervy finish when he pulled a goal back for Arsenal, but Spurs held on to record a crucial victory. It could have been a different story if Arsenal had opened the scoring inside the opening 60 seconds. Sol Campbell, who received a hostile reception on his return to White Hart Lane, almost silenced the Tottenham boo-boys when his shot was cleared off the line by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Tottenham made Campbell and Arsenal pay when they opened the scoring in spectacular fashion after ten minutes. Bale's corner was poorly punched away by Manuel Almunia straight into the path of 19-year-old Rose, who fired an unstoppable 30-yard volley past the keeper and into the roof of the net. It was an extra special moment for the former Leeds midfielder who was celebrating his full league debut in a north London derby. Arsenal suffered a major injury blow on 18 minutes when Thomas Vermaelen was forced to leave the field after injuring his ankle and was replaced by Mikael Silvestre. The move clearly affected the Gunners backline and Tottenham could have added a second on 39 minutes when Luka Modric forced his way past Gael Clichy and Silvestre, but saw his shot well blocked by Almunia. Wenger must have been hoping for an improved performance from his Arsenal side in the second half. But it was Tottenham who got off to a dream start in the second when they added a second on 47 minutes. Jermain Defoe raced away down the left and crossed the ball into Bale who was clearly played onside by Bacary Sagna. The Wales international slotted the ball past Almunia for his first goal of the season and put Spurs firmly in the driving seat. Arsenal were determined to force their way back into the game and came close to pulling a goal back on 65 minutes, when Bendtner fired a blistering right-foot shot which flew inches past the post. Wenger brought on Robin van Persie who has been sidelined for the last five months with an ankle injury and he almost made an immediate impact on 80 minutes when his close-range shot was superbly tipped over the bar by Heurelho Gomes. Gomes came to Tottenham's rescue once again just minutes later when he tipped Campbell's header onto the bar. Arsenal were handed a major lifeline on 84 minutes when Theo Walcott burst clear down the right and crossed the ball in to Bendtner, who turned the ball home from close range. But Tottenham held on and are now just one point behind Manchester City as they look to bring Champions League football to White Hart Lane next season for the first time in the club's history.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full time: SPURS 2-1 ARSENAL: It's all over! Spurs held on despite constant Arsenal pressure at the death to wrap up a famous win.


Four minutes of added time will be played - can Arsenal get the equaliser!?


Crouch comes on for Pavlyuchenko.


Gomes makes another good save from van Persie and Walcott can't force home the rebound.


SPURS 2-1 ARSENAL: Arsenal pressure final tells as BENDTNER slids in to finish off a low cross from Walcott.


Gomes makes another great save from Campbell's point blank header.


Van Persie brings the best out of Gomes with a flying save from a 25 yard free kick.

Yellow Card

Dawson goes into the book.


Rosicky shoots low but it's deflected out for a corner to Arsenal.


A brilliant scissor-kick volley by van Persie is palmed away by Gomes.


Rosicky's shot almost goes out for a throw!


Nasri breaks for Arsenal and plays in Walcott but he can't control it and Bentley clears.


Walcott tries a shot but Assou-Ekotto blocks his effort.


Gudjohnsen's first touch should have been to give Spurs a 3-0 lead but he hit a fresh air shot when well placed.


Van Persie makes his return from injury in place of Denilson.


Defoe makes way for Gudjohnsen.


Walcott plays in Bendtner but his low shot whistles wide of the Spurs goal.


Spurs break and Defoe has a shot blocked and cleared by Silvestre.


Eboue curls a cross into the Spurs box but Bentley collects it and brings the ball away.


Nasri finds Walcott but Gomes is quick off his line to deny the Engalnd man.


Walcott races past Bentley and Assou-Ekotto but the pacy winger runs the ball out of play.


Walcott finds Eboue but his shot goes high over the Spurs goal.


Walcott comes on for Sagna.


Bentley lets fly from distance but Clichy gets in a block.


Defoe almost makes it 3-0 but Campbell manages to get the ball away for a corner to Spurs.


SPURS 2-0 ARSENAL: Great start to the second half for Spurs as Defoe plays in BALE and he slides in to double the lead.


Almunia races off his line to deny Defoe.


Rose is replaced by Bentley.

Second half

We're back under way at White Hart Lane and goal scorer Rose hasn't come out for the second half.

Half time

Half time: SPURS 1-0 ARSENAL: Rose's brilliant strike gives Spurs a narrow lead at the break. Arsenal have dominated possession though and you get the feeling there are more goals in this one.


There will be 3 minutes of added time played at the end of the first half.


Modric finds Defoe but his low shot is saved by Almunia.


Clichy gets into a great position but his shot flies into the side netting.


Modric races in on goal but is thwarted by a combination of Silvestre and Campbell and Arsenal clear the danger.


Assou-Ekotto makes a mess of a cross and the ball goes out for a goal-kick to Arsenal.


Nasri tries a near post shot but the ball sails over the Spurs goal.

Yellow Card

Denilson is booked.

Yellow Card

Kaboul pulls down Rosicky and is booked.


Campbell heads down for Rosicky but his shot deflects off King for a corner to Arsenal.

Yellow Card

Modric is the first player to be booked after a late tackle on Campbell.


Arsenal are beginning to dominate possession - but are struggling to carve out any chances.


Bendtner's shot from the edge of the box drifts wide of the Spurs goal.


Modric flicks the ball on looking for Defoe but the England forward runs straight into Silvestre.


King and Kaboul are both forced into making headed clearances as Arsenal continue to press the home team.


Silvestre gets his first touch of the evening as he heads the ball clear under pressure from Defoe.


It's not going well for the Gunners as Vermaelen leaves the field to be replaced by Silvestre.


It looks like Vermaelen is injured - will we see a veteran centre back pairing of Campbell and Silvestre?


Rosicky tries his luck from the edge of the Spurs box but his effort goes harmlessly wide of the target.


Sagna sends over a decent cross as Arsenal look for a equaliser, but Dawson heads clear.


SPURS 1-0 ARSENAL: The home side take the lead through a stunning strike from ROSE. The young midfielder let fly with a 30 yard volley that gave Almunia no chance.


Rose sets up Pavlyuchenko but the striker's shot is blocked out for a corner by Vermaelen.


Eboue tries to set up Rosicky in the Spurs box but Dawson slides in to clear the danger.


Pavlyuchenko turns well in midfield but is brought down by Denilson. Free-kick to Spurs.


Bale launches a long throw into the Arsenal box but Campbell is there to head clear - to boos from home supporters!


Almost a sensational start for Arsenal as ex-Spurs favourite Campbell heads goalwards but his effort is blocked on the line by Assou-Ekotto.


Nasri tries to play in Sagna but Bale hacks the ball out for a corner.

Referee Mark Clattenburg gets the game under way.

Awaiting Kickoff

The teams are out at a packed and loud White Hart Lane.

Awaiting Kickoff

Arsenal can move above Manchester Utd and keep up the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League with a win in the north London derby.Spurs will be hoping for three points in their quest to finish fourth.

Awaiting Kickoff

Tottenham: Gomes, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, King, Bale, Kaboul, Huddlestone, Modric, Rose, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe

Awaiting Kickoff

Spurs make several changes to the team beaten by Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final. Assou-Ekotto, King, Kaboul, Rose and Pavlyuchenko all start.

Awaiting Kickoff

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Campbell, Vermaelen, Clichy, Eboue, Diaby, Denilson, Rosicky, Bendtner, Nasri

Awaiting Kickoff

Arsene Wenger makes two changes to the Arsenal side thrashed by Barcelona in the Champions League. Theo Walcott drops to the bench to be replaced by Emmanuel Eboue while Sol Campbell comes in for Mikael Silvestre at the heart of the Gunners defence.