Arsenal needed to win to keep in touch with the Premier League title race and had to fend off an attacking Tottenham Hotspurs last night to hold on to an early lead. Tomas Rosicky’s early goal secured victory at White Hart Lane for a much needed away win. Rosicky rifled in a sublime angled drive just minutes into the game after leading a swift break for the visitors. The win means Arsenal are third in the standings but crucially now just four points off leaders Chelsea, who lost 1-0 to Aston Villa on Saturday. Arsenal, who head to Chelsea next Saturday in manager Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge, have a game in hand on the table toppers.
Spurs have lost their 3rd big game in a row the last 7 days and this puts more pressure on manager Tim Shearwood and the defeat dented their chances of finishing in the top four this season. They trail fourth-placed Manchester City by seven points. Arsenal, though, were not without their own troubles heading into the game. They were looking to avoid back-to-back Premier League defeats and are also having to deal with a lengthy injury list, which was added to by Mesut Ozil’s hamstring injury in the 1-1 Champions League draw at Bayern Munich in midweek. With midfielders Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines along with forward Theo Walcott, Arsenal fans might have been concerned about where their creativity would come from, but those fears were allayed just two minutes into this game.
However Spurs dominated the game and went all out attack but Arsenal’s defence was up to the challenge despite goalie Wojciech Szczesny two atrocious gaffs (he is scaring me). Arsenal are now in 3rd place with 29 games played and 60 points (same as 2nd place Liverpool who thrashed Manchester United at Old Trafford 3-0) but 4th place Manchester City have 2 games in hand.