The top-four race in the English Premier League becomes very unpredictable. Especially, Tottenham and Arsenal are fighting for fourth place. Last night, Tottenham Hotspur got a massive boost by defeating Arsenal at the Spurs Stadium. They reduced the points difference with Arsenal. Now, the Spurs are just one point behind the Gunners. They must surpass Arsenal in the remaining two games to secure a place in the UEFA Champions League.
Tottenham Hotspur hosted the Derby match against Arsenal at their home ground, the Spurs Stadium. In this crucial match, both managers played their best possible XI. Spurs boss Antonio Conte set up the team formation with 3-4-2-1. He used three center-backs with two full-backs. On Arsenal’s side, Arteta played his team in a 4-3-3 formation.
As the home team, Tottenham had always been very dominating on the pitch. They started pushing the Gunners from the beginning of the match. As a result, the home team didn’t have to wait much to find the net. In the 21st minute, Arsenal defender Cedric fouled Son inside the box. So, the match referee offered a penalty kick to the Spurs. However, Harry Kane didn’t make any mistake in the spot-kick. He scored the goal from the penalty kick.
Conceding the first goal, Arsenal tried to equalize as soon as possible. But they became a ten-man team as Rob Holding was sent off due to double yellow cards. As a result, the home team tried to dominate more. They took that advantage and doubled their lead in the 37th minute. Harry Kane, who scored the first goal, netted the second for the Spurs. The scoreline didn’t change in the first half as both teams couldn’t score more in the remaining minutes.
Returning from the break, Tottenham Hotspur scored immediately. Son Heung-min scored the 3rd goal of the Spurs in the 47th minute. Arsenal had no hope of getting anything out of this match after conceding three goals away from home. Yet they tried hard to find the net. But the Spurs defended very well that they didn’t let it happen. However, both teams couldn’t score more in the remaining minutes. As a result, Tottenham Hotspur won a very important match and have made a big chance to get into the top four.