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Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Live Commentary, 30/04/2017

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2 - 0
TOT
ARS
D. Alli (55)
H. Kane (58 pen)
White Hart Lane

Commentary

For Arsenal, the defeat is both chastening and deeply damaging. Not only did it come at the hands of their bitter rivals but denied them the opportunity to move to within two points of Manchester United. Instead, they remain five points behind them in sixth place, and they've now got to take on the Red Devils in their next outing.
Tottenham were on top of their rivals from start to finish, and they fully deserve to leave with three valuable points. White Hart Lane's last ever North London derby saw its hosts extend their Premier League winning run to nine games for the first time since 1960, and it's a result that keeps them hot on the heels of leaders Chelsea.
FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2-0 ARSENAL
90' + 4' Arsenal try their hardest to push forward on one last attacking move, but they look bereft of ideas and are unable to cause any problems for the Tottenham back line, who have enjoyed a very comfortable game.
M. Sissoko
D. Alli
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 2' Alli receives a standing ovation from the Tottenham fans as he's replaced by Moussa Sissoko.
90' + 1' Another Arsenal attack fails to come to anything, allowing Tottenham to counter quickly. Kane charges down the left wing and deep into the Gunners' half of the pitch, where he forces Monreal into poking the ball out for a throw-in near to the corner flag.
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be four minutes of added time.
89' Bellerin controls a bouncing ball deep down the right wing before firing yet another cross into the penalty area. It fails to reach a team-mate, though, as Lloris is there to cut out the danger once again.
K. Walker
K. Trippier
Tottenham Hotspur
88' Kyle Walker comes on to replace Trippier at right-back for the final few minutes of the game.
86' Another chance for Arsenal! Ramsey twists and turns on the edge of the Tottenham box before finally managing to set up Walcott, whose first-time strike is poor and sails straight into the hands of Lloris in the middle of the goal.
85' Bellerin gets himself into a good position deep down the right flank before curling a low cross towards the near post. It fails to pick out a team-mate, however, as Vertonghen is there to easily clear the danger.
83' Another lofted pass is thumped forward as Arsenal try to hit Tottenham on the break, but Lloris charges out of his penalty area to beat Welbeck to the ball at the vital moment.
82' Bellerin charges down the right flank and then pokes a through-ball into the penalty area, but it's poorly hit by the Spaniard and fails to find Welbeck before rolling into the hands of Lloris.
T. Walcott
O. Giroud
Arsenal
81' Theo Walcott has come on to replace Giroud in a late attacking change by Arsenal.
80' Arsenal pile plenty of bodies forward as they desperately try to find a way back into the game, but, as has been the case all afternoon, Tottenham defend brilliantly to deny them the opportunity to do so.
M. Dembélé
Son Heung-Min
Tottenham Hotspur
79' Son receives a rousing round of applause from the Tottenham fans as he's replaced by Mousa Dembele.
78' Another great stop by Cech! Eriksen swings a lovely cross into the heart of the penalty area and picks out Alderweireld, who sends a bullet header towards goal. It looks set to find the back of the net, but, once again, Cech denies Tottenham the opportunity to make it 3-0.
77' Huge save by Cech! A poor pass from Oxlade-Chamberlain is easily cut out by Wanyama, who then powers forward. He heads towards the Arsenal box and then tees up Kane, who takes on Cech but can't get the better of the goalkeeper with his low shot.
Nacho Monreal
Yellow Card
Arsenal
76' Monreal charges into the back of Kane and catches the striker with a clumsy challenge, leaving the referee with no choice but to book him.
Bellerín
Gabriel Paulista
Arsenal
75' It looks as if Arsenal are going to switch to a back four, as Hector Bellerin has come on to take the place of Gabriel for the final 15 minutes.
74' Big chance for Welbeck! A lovely cross is curled into the Tottenham box and finds Welbeck in a great position in front of goal, but he can't make decent contact with the ball and can only send it bouncing into the hands of Lloris at the near post.
O. Giroud
Yellow Card
Arsenal
73' The referee's yellow card is out once again, and this time it's for Giroud after he caught Trippier in the face with an elbow.
H. Kane
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
72' Kane catches Gabriel in the face as the two battle for the ball in the air and becomes the second player to receive a yellow card.
Gabriel Paulista
Yellow Card
Arsenal
70' Gabriel lunges into Alli and catches the midfielder from behind as he tries to control the ball, resulting in the referee showing him a yellow card as soon as there's a break in play.
69' Kane hits the outside of the post! Son wins a corner off Sanchez, who seemed to handle the ball as he closed down the South Korean. The resulting set-piece is sent short to Eriksen, who then whips a cross towards Kane, who manages to get a head on the ball and sends it into the near post.
68' Excellent save by Cech! Once again, Arsenal struggle to deal with a corner, and it's only cleared as far as Vertonghen. The defender takes a quick touch before unleashing a rocket of a shot, and it's one that forces Cech into making an acrobatic diving stop.
67' Tottenham push forward once again through Vertonghen, who thumps a lovely cross over to the far post. Alderweireld rises high and meets the ball well, but he's closed down by Gibbs and can't get the better of the defender.
66' Eriksen whips in a free-kick from the left wing that causes a few problems for the Arsenal back line, forcing Giroud into heading the ball out for a corner. It's fired in by Eriksen once again, but it fails to find a team-mate in front of goal.
D. Welbeck
G. Xhaka
Arsenal
65' Arsene Wenger clearly isn't happy with what he's seeing at the moment, so he's decided to bring on Danny Welbeck to replace Xhaka.
63' A lofted pass forward flies over the top of the Tottenham back line and finds Sanchez on the edge of the penalty area. The Chilean brings down the ball well and then shoots, but his low strike is easily saved by Lloris.
61' Tottenham are sloppy in possession and allow Gibbs to plough forward, but he has to settle for a corner that fails to result in a chance on goal for Arsenal, who desperately need to find a way back into the game, and fast.
60' Giroud twists and turns on the edge of the Tottenham penalty area before eventually managing to get a shot away, but it's poorly hit and rolls straight into the hands of Lloris in the middle of the goal.
H. Kane
Penalty Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
58' GOAL! Kane steps up and fires a beautiful low strike past Cech and into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. That was wonderfully struck by the striker!
57' PENALTY! It's all gone wrong for Arsenal! Kane charges into the left-hand side of the Gunners' penalty area and takes on Gabriel, who sticks out a foot and catches the striker with a poorly timed challenge, sending him crashing to the ground.
D. Alli
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
55' GOAL! Alli fires Tottenham into the lead! He twists and turns inside the box before teeing up Eriksen, who then shoots. The Dane's strike is well saved by Cech but bounces out to Alli, who then fires the follow-up into the back of the net from close range.
54' Tottenham have started the second half just as they finished the first, and they're doing well to put Arsenal's back line under plenty of pressure. They're certainly getting closer to finally opening the scoring.
52' And now Arsenal go close! A corner isn't entirely dealt with by the Tottenham back line and falls to Giroud, who then blazes his volleyed strike over the top of the crossbar.
50' Big chance for Kane! The striker is presented with a great opportunity to fire Tottenham into the lead, but Cech does well to deny the England international with a smart save.
48' Sanchez gets himself into a promising position over on the left wing and quickly whips a low cross over to the far post. It looks set to find Giroud in front of goal, but Vertonghen is there to cut out the danger at the vital moment.
46' We're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
Tottenham have arguably been the better of the two sides, and they should really be in front through either Alli or Eriksen. Both were presented with great opportunities to open the scoring, and since then the home side have struggled to break through the Arsenal back line. At the other end, the visitors have created few chances, but they started to show some signs of life as the half-time break approached.
HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0-0 ARSENAL
45' + 4' Son causes more problems for the Arsenal defence as he wins Tottenham another corner. Once again, Eriksen's cross towards the near post is a good one, but Giroud is there to meet it ahead of Alderweireld.
45' + 3' Another lofted pass into the Arsenal penalty area causing problems for the Gunners' back line, but this time Kane is slightly offside and the linesman's flag is raised as soon as he nods the ball into the path of Alli.
45' + 2' Great shot by Vertonghen! A low cross from Trippier causes problems for Ramsey, whose attempted clearance isn't great and clumsily sails out for a corner. Eriksen whips in a cross that's only cleared as far as Vertonghen, who unleashes a cracking low strike that's well saved by Cech.
45' + 1' Trippier accidentally catches Sanchez over on the left flank and concedes a free-kick in a promising position for Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain steps up and curls a cross over to the far post, where Davies does well to beat Koscielny to the ball.
45' The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
44' Sanchez sends a clever pass into the Tottenham box and towards Ramsey, who then fires a deflected shot out for a corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross fails to find a team-mate before being picked up by Sanchez, whose cross-cum-shot from the left-hand side of the penalty area then sails just wide of the far post.
42' Sanchez and Gibbs battle down the left wing as both try to whip crosses into the penalty area, but the latter is eventually dispossessed by Kieran Trippier before accidentally knocking the ball out for a goal-kick.
40' Wanyama charges into the left-hand side of the Arsenal penalty area before managing to unleash a cross, but it sails behind the goal. The Kenyan is convinced that it took a touch off Xhaka, but the referee isn't convinced and instead awards a goal-kick to the visitors.
39' The corner is whipped in by Oxlade-Chamberlain and over to Sanchez, who tries to pick out Koscielny with his curling cross but can only find Eriksen.
38' Decent strike by Ramsey! Arsenal are finally able to carve out their first good chance on goal thanks to a well-struck 25-yard strike by Ramsey, but Lloris is there to tip it round the post and out for a corner.
37' Alderweireld unleashes a delightful cross-field pass and finds Davies, who then moves the ball over to Son. The South Korean can't find a way through the sea of red and white shirts camped in front of him, though, and another attempted attack fails to result in a chance on goal.
35' Both players are temporarily able to return to the pitch, and the game gets underway once again. Cech immediately concedes a throw-in, however, as his attempted clearance is poorly hit and flies out of play midway inside the Arsenal half of the pitch.
33' It's been a subdued few minutes as the two sides struggle with what look like awkward injuries. First, Xhaka goes to the ground and seems to be in real discomfort, before Vertonghen does the same over on the right wing.
31' Granit Xhaka has been throwing himself into challenges and has already had two stern conversations with the referee. This time he drags back Jan Vertonghen as the two battle for the ball, resulting in the Tottenham fans chanting for a yellow card.
29' A dangerous cross from Davies swings into the Arsenal penalty area and over to Wanyama. The Kenyan rises high and nods the ball over to Dier, who tries to send it back to the midfielder, but he's unable to find him and Cech eventually deals with the danger.
27' Arsenal immediately push forward from the restart before Sanchez fires a deflected shot out for a corner. It's sent short before Ozil sets up Aaron Ramsey with a low pass back to the edge of the box, but the Welshman's strike is poor and fails to get the better of Kane.
26' Huge chance for Eriksen! Son easily beats Oxlade-Chamberlain deep down the left wing before cutting inside and unleashing a shot. It deflects off the outstretched foot of Koscielny and over to Eriken, who, somehow, volleys his first-time shot high over the top of the crossbar.
24' Victor Wanyama muscles his way down the left flank before teeing up Alli. The midfielder is quickly closed down by Arsenal players and initially does well to wriggle free, but he eventually loses out to Gabriel.
22' What an opportunity for Dele Alli! Kane holds up the ball inside the Arsenal box before unleashing a thumping low strike. It deflects off Nacho Monreal and over to Alli, who rises high but can't send a close-range headed effort into the back of the net.
21' Sanchez does well to keep the ball in play deep down the left wing before cutting inside and trying to set up Mesut Ozil inside the penalty area, but Dier is there to cut out the danger before the ball can find the German.
19' More good play by Son and Davies allows the latter to whip in a cross from the left wing, but it takes a slight deflection off Oxlade-Chamberlain that sends the ball flying into the side-netting.
17' Davies and Heung-Min Son link up well deep down the left flank before the latter cuts into the box and picks out Kane. The striker tries to shoot quickly but is unable to do so after being closed down well by the Arsenal back line.
15' Tottenham patiently hold on to the ball inside the Arsenal half of the pitch before Davies tries to take on Oxlade-Chamberlain, but he's unable to get the better of the wing-back and has to settle for a throw-in.
13' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picks up the ball in a decent position over on the right flank and quickly tries to set up Giroud with a low cross. It's poorly hit, however, and ends up bouncing straight into the hands of Lloris.
11' Poor play by Eric Dier allows the ball to bounce into the Tottenham penalty area and towards Kieran Gibbs. The wing-back darts towards the ball and takes on Hugo Lloris, who's just about able to push it away from the defender at the vital moment.
9' Ben Davies gets himself into a decent position midway down the left flank and quickly whips a cross into the middle of the box. It's met by Koscielny and loops up into the air, but, luckily for the centre-back, Petr Cech is there to collect the loose ball.
7' Toby Alderweireld goes close! This time, Eriksen's curling cross manages to find Alderweireld at the near post, but the Belgian can't send his headed effort into the back of the net and sends it flying just wide of the goal.
6' Christian Eriksen manages to unleash a shot from 25 yards out that glances off the head of Laurent Koscielny and out for a corner. It's swung into the box and towards the near post, where Gabriel heads the ball behind once again.
4' Alexis Sanchez picks up a loose ball over on the left wing near to the halfway line and quickly tries to set up Olivier Giroud, but his pass up to the striker is poor and easily dealt with by the Tottenham back line.
2' Tottenham quickly push forward from the start as Kane charges into the left-hand side of the penalty area. He does well to beat two Arsenal players before unleashing a low shot, but it's well saved by Cech at the near post.
1' We're off! Tottenham get us underway, attacking from right to left.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made three alterations to the team that featured in their last outing, with Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott making way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.
Mauricio Pochettino has decided to make two changes to the Tottenham side that started the 1-0 win against Palace during the week, with Kieran Trippier and Heung-Min Son coming into the starting line-up to replace Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele.
Arsenal substitutes: Ospina, Holding, Bellerin, Coquelin, Iwobi, Walcott, Welbeck.
Arsenal XI (3-4-2-1): Cech; Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs; Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud.
Tottenham Hotspur substitutes: Vorm, Wimmer, Walker, Sissoko, Dembele, N’Koudou, Janssen.
Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Wanyama; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
North London derbies have been closely fought and entertaining affairs in recent years, with neither side managing to get the better of the other in any of their last three meetings. Tottenham’s last league victory against Arsenal came on this very ground in February 2015, whilst the Gunners last won a year earlier thanks to an early goal scored by the now departed Tomas Rosicky.
A switch to a back three seems to have helped Arsenal improve defensively, but they were hardly convincing in recent wins against Middlesbrough and Leicester City. The victory against the latter only came thanks to a late Robert Huth own-goal, whilst Mesut Ozil had to bail out his side against Boro. As a result, they’re in desperate need of a much better performance here today if they’re to leave with anything.
In stark contrast to their local rivals, it hasn’t been the best of times for Arsenal in recent months, despite a slight improvement in form since the start of the month. A chastening defeat away to Palace remains their only loss in April, but only four victories from their last 10 league outings represents a worryingly poor return for the Gunners.
Wednesday’s hard-fought 1-0 win away to Crystal Palace means that Tottenham head into this afternoon’s game with eight consecutive Premier League victories under their belts. Only Liverpool have managed to beat them in a league game since the defeat against Manchester United midway through December, with 15 of their last 18 outings ending in wins.
Tottenham’s decision to play all of their home games at Wembley next season means that today’s huge clash will be the last North London derby at White Hart Lane. The home side will be hoping they can mark the occasion with three valuable points, especially seeing as league leaders Chelsea, who they're chasing so desperately, were victorious again this afternoon.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane.