Tottenham Hotspur scored the game’s first two goals and survived a late goal by Nicklas Bendtner to defeat Arsenal in the North London Derby, 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Teenager Danny Rose scored a wonder goal from a volley in his Premier League debut and Gareth Bale knocked in his first in more than two years for the home side as Spurs move within just a single point of Manchester City’s fourth place. The win was a major rebound for Spurs after their loss in the FA Cup semi-final to Portsmouth on the weekend. For Arsenal it was a devastating loss, not just to their arch-rival but in seriously damaging any chance left at catching up with Chelsea for the league title. Robin Van Persie did finally make his return for the Gunners and markedly improved his side while on the pitch. Yet the three points that were needed so badly to maintain the pace at the top were lost and Arsenal now sit six points shy of first place.

At Villa Park, Aston Villa stole points from Everton when Phil Jagielka’s extra-time own-goal sent the Toffees down to a 2-2 draw. Tim Cahill twice gave the visitors the lead but Gabby Agbonlahor’s goal coupled with Jagielka’s own-goal forced shared points, a disappointing result for both sides. Villa are still a point behind Liverpool (though with a game in hand) for sixth place while Everton remain four points behind Villa.

And a nil-nil draw between Wigan and Portsmouth at the DW Stadium capped the week on a dour note. Already-relegated Pompey have little to play for in the Premier League, so Wigan should’ve been able to earn more today. The single point did move the Latics up from seventeenth to sixteenth place and five points above the dreaded drop zone. Still, Roberto Martinez and company will surely rue this result if things turn south in the final days of this season.


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