Tottenham produced a late fightback to stun Arsenal in a game that should have been wrapped up earlier from the Gunners. Tottenham started brighter, pressing Arsenal and they got their reward, a wonder strike from Bentley from 40 yards out. However Spurs couldn’t keep it going as they tired physically and mentally, and saw their frailties in set-pieces show as Silvestre and then Gallas scored either side of the first half.
Adebayor added a third before Bent pulled one back as Almunia failed to hold onto a Huddlestone shot. Van Persie restored the two goal cushion before the drama; first Jenas scored after an untimely slip from Clichy and curled the ball with his left and Lennon on hand to put the rebound after a wicked Modric shot. Dissapointment for the Gunners, jubilation for Spurs
1. Manuel Almunia (4): Could have done better with the first, should have done better with the second as the ball came back off his face but no chance with the other two. Looked uneasy.
3. Bakary Sagna (6): Didn’t have too much trouble from Bale but was busy nevertheless from the threat from those around him.
18. Mikael Silvestre (6): Scored his first goal for Arsenal but overall didn’t have too much to do. If you were going to be picky he could pressured more for the Jenas goal and the two rebounded goals, react quicker.
10. William Gallas (6): Put some good tackles and also scored but like Silvestre didn’t have too much to do. Dissapointed to let four goals in.
22. Gael Clichy (7): Had the better of Bentley all game, with some strong tackles and runs but spoiled it all by slipping to allow Jenas to get the third.
14. Theo Walcott (6): Threatened every time he got the ball but his decision making in crucial areas could have been better though. Subbed 75 > Eboue
4. Cesc Fabregas (7): Started quietly but got better. Was as influential but played some good passes. Tried to play a through pass at the end which indirectly resulted in the fourth goal.
15. Denilson (7): Modric threatened to run away with it but the Brazilian got back in to the game. Could have pressured better again for the second goal when Huddlestone shot.
8. Samir Nasri (7): Was subbed before the fightback but put in a good performance linking up well when cutting in. His shot was turned in by Adebayor. Subbed 88 > Song
11. Van Persie (9): Dropped into spaces and created havoc for Tottenham and set up Nasri for the third goal with a fantastic long ball. Scored one with his right but could have done better with a couple more. Subbed > 81 Diaby
25. Emmanuel Adebayor (6): Was quiet in the first half as he played right up on the last man but got into the game in the second and got his goal.
27. Emmanuel Eboue (5): Should have held the ball for longer towards the end of the game. (On 75 for Walcott)
02 Abou Diaby (5): Came on late but should have ran down the time. (On 81 for Van Persie)
17. Alex Song (5): Thought he was coming on to make sure of the lead but saw two goals go past at the end. (On 88 for Nasri)
Subs not used:
21 Lucasz Fabianski
05 Kolo Toure
12 Carlos Vela
26 Nicklas Bendtner
Tottenham Hotspurs: Gomes (4), Hutton (3)(80 for Gunter), Bale (5) (54 for Lennon), Assou-Ekotto (5), Woodgate (5), Corluka (6), Bentley (7), Huddlestone (6), Jenas (6), Modric (7), Pavlyuchenko (5) (64 for Bent (7))
Substitutes not used: Sanchez Cesar, Zokora, Campbell, O’Hara
|Arsenal||Team Statistics||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1||1st Half Goals||1|
|9||Shots on Target||7|
|8||Shots off Target||5|