Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Arsenal loses second spot with 3-3 draw at Spurs
Arsene Wenger's side were on course to move within four points of leaders Manchester United after taking a 3-2 halftime lead at White Hart Lane with goals from midfielder Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri & Robin van Persie with the lone Spurs goals coming from the foot of Dutchman Rafael Van der Vaart & Tom Huddlestone.
Van der Vaart was kept out by an excellent one-handed save from Szczeszny on 54 minutes following a sweeping Spurs move.
And the hosts completed a superb comeback in the 70th minute when Szczesny fouled Aaron Lennon and Van der Vaart stroked in the resulting penalty.
It could have been worse for Arsenal as Roman Pavlyuchenko, Peter Crouch and van der Vaart missed late chances to steal the win for Spurs.
Van Persie’s wonderful finish was ruled out after he strayed beyond the last defender.
It seemed that someone would grab a winner as both sides went for it late on but, alas, there was no final drama.
Both keepers redeemed themselves from their earlier errors with magnificent saves: Szczesny from Modric and Crouch, Gomes from Fabregas on two occasions.
As a result they lost second place to a suddenly resurgent Chelsea, who are now six points behind United with a crucial trip to Old Trafford looming in May.
PIX; Tom Huddlestone (right) and Arsenal's Francesc Fabregas (centre) battle for the ball with Luka Modric looking on