Tottenham beat arch-rivals Arsenal with two goals in quick succession during the first half. Man of the moment Gareth Bale got the first goal after a lovely through ball by Sigurdsson whilst Lennon scored almost a carbon copy when Scott Parker found his excellent run and he rounded the keeper to tap in.
Here are the stats from our Stats Centre’s (powered by Opta) in-depth match summary. The stats show dominance via Arsenal with Spurs being more clinical than their North London rivals.
Player passing stats were as follows:
TP = Total Passes | AP = Accurate Passes | PA%: Passing Accuracy
Arsenal dominated possession and the passing game. Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere and Arteta all on the ball for the Gunners. Unfortunately they weren’t able to create any clear-cut chances whilst Spurs created four. This was Arsenal’s major issue – no clear opportunities even though they managed to attempt more shots from within the penalty area than Spurs did.
A static defence was real reason that Spurs won – their two goals both came from excellent off the ball movement that Arsenal didn’t track at all and two clear opportunities were scored. Tottenham are now undefeated in 12 and have lost only once in 14 – they are now also only two points behind Manchester City and have an excellent chance of finishing as league runners-up if Manchester City continue to stumble.
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