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Kyle Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Booking for Kyle Walker for unsporting behaviour. Aaron Lennon leaves the field to be replaced by William Gallas. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.
Jermain Defoe handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Thomas Vermaelen concedes a free kick for a foul on Gylfi Sigurdsson. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Theo Walcott, save made by Hugo Lloris.
Lukas Podolski takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Tomas Rosicky. Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.
Olivier Giroud challenges Jake Livermore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Per Mertesacker results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.
Aaron Lennon concedes a free kick for a foul on Wojciech Szczesny. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Gylfi Sigurdsson results in a free kick. Thomas Vermaelen takes the direct free kick.
Jake Livermore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lukas Podolski. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Theo Walcott.
Jake Livermore replaces Mousa Dembele.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Gylfi Sigurdsson goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Shot by Olivier Giroud from just outside the area goes over the net.
Olivier Giroud concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Shot on goal comes in from Gareth Bale from the free kick, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Inswinging corner taken by Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Lloris. Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Santi Cazorla. Free kick taken by Tomas Rosicky.
Aaron Ramsey challenges Gylfi Sigurdsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
Lukas Podolski on for Mikel Arteta.
Theo Walcott is ruled offside. Hugo Lloris takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by Aaron Ramsey.
The ball is swung over by Olivier Giroud, clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.
Effort from the edge of the box by Jermain Defoe goes wide of the left-hand post.
Long range effort by Benoit Assou-Ekotto goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson on Theo Walcott. Santi Cazorla crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
Gareth Bale challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Mousa Dembele on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. Jermain Defoe is brought on as a substitute for Emmanuel Adebayor. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jack Wilshere from right channel, save by Hugo Lloris.
The ball is crossed by Aaron Ramsey, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Theo Walcott goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Kyle Walker gets a block in.
The offside flag is raised against Emmanuel Adebayor. Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
Tomas Rosicky joins the action as a substitute, replacing Carl Jenkinson.
Gareth Bale takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
Gareth Bale is ruled offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.
Theo Walcott sends in a cross, save made by Hugo Lloris.
Nacho Monreal produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Carl Jenkinson, Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.
Foul by Scott Parker on Aaron Ramsey, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Theo Walcott, Per Mertesacker grabs a headed goal from close range. Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Theo Walcott.
Foul by Scott Parker on Santi Cazorla, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nacho Monreal.
A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Emmanuel Adebayor. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Scott Parker is adjudged to have handled the ball. Thomas Vermaelen takes the direct free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Kyle Walker for handball. Direct free kick taken by Santi Cazorla.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Adebayor by Mikel Arteta. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
Santi Cazorla fouled by Kyle Walker, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
Jack Wilshere takes a short corner.
Emmanuel Adebayor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
Aaron Lennon grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal.Scott Parker provided the assist for the goal.
Gareth Bale gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Olivier Giroud on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.
Aaron Ramsey sends in a cross, Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.
Foul by Aaron Ramsey on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded. Aaron Ramsey shown a yellow card. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gareth Bale from right wing, Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.
Jan Vertonghen concedes a free kick for a foul on Olivier Giroud. Jan Vertonghen is given a yellow card. Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Gareth Bale, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale played to the near post.
Unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele by Aaron Ramsey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Inswinging corner taken by Theo Walcott.
Aaron Ramsey fouled by Emmanuel Adebayor, the ref awards a free kick. Emmanuel Adebayor is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Emmanuel Adebayor is ruled offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is delivered by Carl Jenkinson, Hugo Lloris makes a save.
Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
Gareth Bale fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Kyle Walker gets a block in.
Corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott from the left by-line, Emmanuel Adebayor manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Olivier Giroud. Michael Dawson takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line, Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Hugo Lloris makes a save.
Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Carl Jenkinson fouled by Gylfi Sigurdsson, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Wilshere crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Emmanuel Adebayor.
Mikel Arteta challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Bale crosses the ball in from the free kick. The referee blows for offside against Michael Dawson. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
AVB fancies Bale for Golden Boot
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas sees no reason why Gareth Bale cannot win the Golden Boot this season as he sizes up north London rivals Arsenal.
With 11 matches of the season left, Bale has already racked up an impressive 15 goals in the Barclays Premier League - five more than his previous best in an entire season.
That tally leaves Bale four short of current top scorer Robin van Persie, and three adrift of Liverpool's Luis Suarez, but if the trio keep on scoring at their current rates then it will be the Welshman who ends up finishing the season as top scorer.
Over the last seven games Bale has averaged 1.28 goals per match, significantly more than Van Persie (0.28), Suarez (0.71) and Swansea hitman Michu (0.42).
Should Bale maintain this ratio he will end the season with 29 goals, with Suarez three behind on 26 and Van Persie even further adrift on 22.
"It is possible (that Bale can win the Golden Boot), yes," Villas-Boas said.
"That would be excellent. I am not sure (if he will). It is difficult. There are a lot of players competing. Van Persie, Suarez, and Jermain Defoe is still in the mix, but it is possible."
Few would have predicted that Bale would become one of the hottest properties in world football when he made his debut for Spurs in 2007 as a gangly left-back.
The second goal the Welshman scored for the north London club following his arrival from Southampton six years ago was against bitter rivals Arsenal.
Back then Arsenal were always big favourites to beat Spurs in the derby, but it has been a much more even affair of late, with both teams winning three games, and three being drawn, over the last five years.
Villas-Boas yesterday played down the suggestion that Spurs are now the masters of north London, but he knows the seven-point gap they will open up over Arsenal if they win will prove crucial in the race for Champions League qualification.
"We are focused on trying to win because it's important to establish our position in the Premier League," the Tottenham manager said.
"Our objective is to gain the most amount of points as we can and against Arsenal, we have the chance to move further away from them and put ourselves in a more comfortable position.
"It's an opportunity. The players are ready, prepared and we all know what we want to achieve this season.
"This is a very specific game, anything could happen really.
"I think it will be an open game from both sides, full of emotion, full of adrenaline, unpredictable. I think that's the sort of game we expect and most of the fixtures have translated like that."
Defoe has recovered from an ankle injury and is in contention but Villas-Boas must decide whether to start the striker or risk Emmanuel Adebayor, who was sent off after 18 minutes of the reverse fixture in November.
Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone are all absent with knee injuries while Clint Dempsey is also missing due to a calf problem.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains his side will not be making any specials plans to try to shackle Bale.
Wenger insists his team must concentrate on delivering a performance themselves rather than worry about what Bale might do.
"We don't plan for anybody. It is always the same - focus on our strengths and forget about your opponent," said Wenger.
"There is nobody special that you least like to face. All players have different qualities.
"What is important when you are a manager is that you are focused, that hasn't changed over the last 15 years, you always make sure your team is at its best, prepares well and focuses on playing the football that we love.
"What is important before a game like that is just to focus on our game and forget all the rest."
Arsenal will be without defender Bacary Sagna (knee), while midfielder Abou Diaby is rated as 50/50 with a calf problem and defender Kieran Gibbs remains out with a thigh injury.
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