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Spurs regained 3rd place in the Premier League on Sunday after a scintillating 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the North London derby.

Tottenham overcame their neighbours with two first half goals though it was Arsenal that had looked the more likely victors in the opening 30 minutes. Giroud and Walcott combined to good effect on the left to provide Cazorla with an opportunity but the Spanish international pulled his shot wide. Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal dealt comfortably with shots from Wilshere and Walcott as Arsenal dominated the early exchanges, although it was Tottenham who took the lead in the 33rd minute.

Sigurdsson, playing on the left wing as Bale was given a more central role, set up the Welsh superstar as the visiting defence fell asleep. Bale made no mistake, placing the ball low to Szczęsny’s left. The lead was quickly doubled as Lennon scored a carbon copy of the first goal, this time being put through by Parker before rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into an unguarded net, sending the Tottenham fans into a frenzy.

Within minutes of the start of the second half, Arsenal came back into the game. Mertesacker, scoring his second goal of the season (the first also coming against Spurs in the 5-2 victory in November), rose ahead of Bale to glance home a Walcott free kick at the near post and silenced the home crowd.

Both sides had opportunities to score with Defoe, Ramsey and Bale missing the best chances and six minutes of added time had the home fans’ nerves on edge. However, Tottenham managed to hold on, giving Andre Villas-Boas his first derby win and putting Tottenham above his former club, Chelsea, into 3rd place and, importantly, giving them a 7-point lead over their fiercest rivals.


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