LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur dealt a potentially fatal blow to north London rivals Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes with a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
A superb Danny Rose volley and a second from Gareth Bale edged Nicklas Bendtner’s second half effort to hand Spurs a first league win over Arsene Wenger’s side in 11 years.
The defeat leaves third-placed Arsenal six points behind leaders Chelsea with four games remaining.
Spurs stay fifth on 61 points, one behind Manchester City after 33 matches.
Wenger conceded his team’s title prospects were now remote but refused to give up the fight.
“As long as it’s mathematically not impossible you can not say impossible,” he told Sky Sports. “Our job is to fight and we will do that.”
Spurs manager Harry Rednapp added: “It’s been 11 years since we beat Arsenal so it was a great result for us. Sunday’s (FA Cup semi-final defeat) knocked us all for six to be honest, but we showed the character we’ve got at the club,” Spurs manager Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
Elsewhere, seventh-placed Aston Villa salvaged a late 2-2 draw against Everton, who are in eighth spot. Tim Cahill headed in both Everton’s goals either side of Gabriel Agbonlahor’s second-half header before Phil Jagielka’s injury-time own goal levelled it.
At the bottom of the table, relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic were held 0-0 at home by already condemned Portsmouth to leave them five points clear of the drop zone in 16th place. – Reuters