By Ollie Irish
Regardless of the result, let’s stand up and applaud a brilliant match. This was the Prem at its absolute best – two teams with the gloves off, punching and counter-punching for 90 minutes. Captivating.
As a Spurs fan, the result has put a massive smile on my face. It’s our first league win against the Arse at the Lane in a decade, and boy does it feel good, even though Arsenal were undoubtedly below-par and missing several key players; I can’t wait for the inevitable commemorative DVD, and this time it’ll be twice as long.
Debutant Danny Rose put the match on the good foot, with a very special volley (watch it here), before the excellent Gareth Bale (he is improving at a scary rate, isn’t he) doubles Tottenham’s lead from close range, after a superb pass by Jermain Defoe.
Then Robin van Persie came off the bench and caused absolute havoc in the Spurs defence. He was a cut above his Arsenal team-mates and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side – he wouldn’t have been either, but for the amazing reflexes of Heurelho Gomes, who on current form is probably the best pure shot-stopper in the world. Gomes pulled off a hat-trick of world-class saves to keep Spurs in the lead.
Arsene Wenger has since admitted that Arsenal’s title challenge is over – no silverware for yet another season. For Spurs, fourth place is ON like Donkey Kong.
The best photos from the Lane: