Chelsea picked up a tight win against Bolton yesterday to move further ahead at the top of the Premiership and cement their intent to win a Title that is within their grasp. But there are still a few games to play yet and today we had three more games with Arsenal still hoping to rain of Chelsea’s parade and the battle for fourth still going strong.
Undoubtedly the biggest game of the night was the North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal which kicked off at 20:00 down at White Hart Lane. Arsenal started the better side and Campbell, playing for Arsenal against one of his former clubs – who was over 30/1 to score at anytime in this game – very nearly made a handful of punters happy when he nearly bundled the ball across the line following a corner in the first minute; his moment of glory stopped by a block on the line.
Despite The Gunners looking comfortable, it was Tottenham who took the lead with just ten minutes gone. The ball was whipped in from a corner and was immediately punched clear by the rushing Almunia, it fell to the feet of young Premiership debutant Danny Rose, who struck an incredibly sweet volley and watched the ball fly into the top of the net. A moment that he will never forget and a truly stunning strike.
Arsenal were still the better side after the goal but created few chances and converted none. They went in 1-0 down at Halftime and when they came out in the second half Tottenham struck again to send them 2-0 down. Gareth Bale found himself in acres of space in the box after a great pass and some poor defending, and the young Welshman cooly slotted the ball into the net.
Arsenal looked rattled after that goal and Spurs looked the more likely to score, but eventually The Gunners settled down and began to string some decent attacks together, but they failed with their final third play. With just over twenty minutes to play Robin van Persie was subbed on for Arsenal after 5 months out through injury, and he began to work his magic in the final ten minutes. He struck a powerful free-kick which was saved well by Gomes before Campbell then popped up to hit the crossbar from a corner as Arsenal ran wild. They got what they wanted with just five minutes to go when a neat pass from Van Persie found Wallcott who slipped in Bendtner, leaving the Dane to scramble the ball over the line to make it 2-1 and give them a fighting chance.
Tottenham held on though and recorded a fantastic win against their rivals.
Also playing tonight was Aston Villa whose luck has been far from sweet recently. They are still on course for that fourth spot though, but they faced a tough test against Everton tonight.
Everton took the lead on twenty-three minutes when Cahill popped up to take advantage of some poor defending, heading the ball past a beaten Brad Friedel. Everton continued to look strong but Villa had chances of their own with Carew testing out the Toffee’s defense. With an hour played in this game the exchanges were still in favor of Everton as the odds for a draw drifted out to 3/1, great odds if you took them and saw what came next.
Agbonlahor nicked a shock goal on seventy-two minutes to put the sides level but just three minutes later Everton were back in front again when the little Australian Cahill headed in from a corner; unmarked. It still wasn’t over though and as Villa pressed hard in stoppage time a Young cross was met by the defending Jagielka who knocked the ball past his own ‘keeper to gift Aston Villa a point from a 2-2 scoreline.
Wigan were also playing tonight when they hosted Portsmouth at the DW Stadium. The home side were 4/7 to win and everyone expected them to win well, but the game ended a drab 0-0 in the end as relegated Portsmouth collected more points down at the bottom of the table.