With a 2-1 win, local rivals Tottenham Hotspurs all but ended Arsenal’s slim chances of winning the English league title. Spurs’ Premier League debutant Danny Rose crashed a sublime 30-yard volley past Manuel Almunia after 10 minutes. Gareth Bale tapped in Spurs’ second from six yards after Jermain Defoe’s pass, only a minute after half-time. Heurelho Gomes made three stunning saves to keep out Arsenal before Nicklas Bendtner pulled a goal back.
But it was not enough to prevent Tottenham recording their first league win over their arch rivals since November 1999 – a run of 20 games. Both Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp admitted prior to the match that anything other than victory would end their hopes of achieving their respective targets this season. After 34 games played and just 4 remaining out of the schedule, Arsenal are in 3rd place with 71 points. Chelsea are top with 77 and in second comes Man Utd with 73 points. Spurs are in 4th place with 61 points, just a point behind Man City.