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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sports Live Commentary: Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal


  Sports trends and live coverage of the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.


With beginning the day with a four-point deficit to Premier League leaders Chelsea, Spurs are aware that they need to get the better of their fierce rivals for more reasons than those associated with bragging rights.

As for Arsenal, Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Swansea City earlier today has opened the door for the club to move back ahead of one of their rivals for a top-four place in the standings.

However, like opposite number Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger is
aware that only a win will benefit his side ahead of the closing weeks of the campaign.

OFFICIAL LINE-UPS

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Wanyama; Son, Eriksen, Dele; Kane
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SUBSTITUTES: Vorm, Walker, Wimmer, Dembele, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Janssen
ARSENAL: Cech; Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Gibbs; Ozil, Giroud, Sanchez
ARSENAL SUBSTITUTES: Ospina, Holding, Bellerin, Coquelin, Iwobi, Walcott, Welbeck

41 min Ozil comes in for his fair share of criticism for his work-rate and I can see why. He has just let Wanyama run from centre midfield to receive a pass inside the penalty area but fortunately for the German playmaker, the Spurs player can only slice his shot, or cross, behind for a goal kick.

39 min SHOT! Out of nowhere, Arsenal almost take the lead through Ramsey, whose curling effort towards the far corner is parried behind for a corner by Lloris. Ramsey thought that was heading in.

37 min More patient build-up from the home side who are toying with Arsenal to a certain extent. The visitors just aren't in the game and are fortunate to be on level terms. Remember, a draw isn't necessarily a good result for the Gunners.

33 min Xhaka is back on but he is running with a limp. Looks like he will be given a chance to run the knock off.

32 min It looks like Arsenal may be forced into an early change. Xhaka is currently on the floor and looks resigned to the fact that he may have to come off.

28 min We are not through a third of this match but Spurs look a class above Arsenal so far. There has definitely been a power shift in North London. However, will Spurs be made to rue those two huge opportunities?

25 min CHANCE! This is not a sitter, but it is a big, big chance. Son nutmegs Oxlade-Chamberlain on the touchline before seeing his shot deflected into the path of Eriksen. The Dane takes it on the volley from six yards out but it clips the top of the crossbar and goes over.

22 min CHANCE! How has Alli missed this?! He is under pressure from Oxlade-Chamberlain but by his own standards, it is a sitter. Kane's deflected cross found his teammate at the back post but from three yards out, he headed wide.

20 min Not a lot more to add on this one. Arsenal are slowly but surely getting to grips with the pace of the game but they have offered little in the final third, aside from when they were gifted a chance by their opponents. We are yet to see anything from Ozil or Sanchez.

16 min That near miss for Spurs has led to any complacency disappearing. They have quietened things down and are more intent on keeping hold of the ball rather than bringing their forward players into play.

12 min This is a big interception from Lloris. Spurs gifted Arsenal the ball as they overplayed in their own final third and the visitors almost took full advantage through Gibbs, but Lloris, crucially, got a hand to the ball before the left wing-back could take the ball around him.

10 min Spurs haven't been totally dominant during these opening 10 minutes but they haven't been far off. So far, Arsenal's 3-4-2-1 formation isn't troubling them whatsoever.

6 min CHANCE! This a chance for Alderweireld, although a tough one at that. Eriksen's corner found the Belgian at the near post but he could only glance his header over the crossbar.

4 min It is Spurs with all the early possession in this one but when Arsenal do have the ball, they are looking to go from A to B much faster than usual.

1 min SHOT! Kane needs less than a minute to force Cech into a decent save down to his left. The angle was against him but there is no doubt that his strike from 10 yards was finding the bottom corner had the goalkeeper not intervened.

1 min Spurs get us underway at White Hart Lane.

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