Tottenham v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
White Hart Lane
Kick off: March 16, 2014 4.00 PM BST
A fantastic start for Arsenal, followed by a less than comfortable opening forty five minutes. The North London Derby is one of the best in the world, and is more than not filled with controversy, goals, and excitement.
Arsenal brought the goals and excitement with just seventy seconds on the clock. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain improvising on the run, a make shift one-two with Tomas Rosicky setting the Czech international up for the shot. Rosicky rifled the shot across goal, Lloris diving helplessly as the ball shot into the top corner. A fantastic strike from the Arsenal man, putting the Gunners in the ascendency in today’s derby game.
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Arsenal had another fantastic chance after just fifteen minutes, Chamberlain taking the ball away from Bentaleb with a fantastic first touch. His pace took him beyond the Spurs defence and one-on-one with Lloris, but whether it was a chip or an attempted pass to Podolski, he lost his composure and put the ball out for a Tottenham goal kick.
Adebayor was looking lively for Spurs unfortunately, the home side looking to put ball after ball over the top, and into the box for the ex-Arsenal front man. He couldn’t capitalize on any of them, but we have to make sure we don’t keep giving him chances; or he might just take one.
Sagna was booked for a fantastic full blooded challenge on Danny Rose, he may have gone in hard, but he got the ball superbly, and there were no studs showing whatsoever. Every time Sagna made a challenge after that, the Spurs fans screamed at Mike Dean for a sending off. Clearly they think that’s the only way they are going to win.
Podolski came to life in short bursts, cutting back a good ball for Rosicky. The ball ended up falling to Chamberlain, whose shot was deflected wide. Podolski then had a shot of his own, thumping it into the side netting from a similar angle as his Bayern goal.
Tottenham were having the bulk of the possession, and Arsenal really need to extend their lead, as Tottenham certainly look capable of bundling the ball into the net at some point. But for the moment, the score remains 1-0, just as it was in the return fixture earlier in the season.
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