Arsenal 1 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Match info: Premier League at Emirates Stadium

Date: 01/09/2013 KO: 16:00 Ref: M Oliver Att: 60,071

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Olivier Giroud 23



FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • Arsenal 1 Tottenham. The Gunners claim the spoils on derby day, with Giroud the hero of the hour. Spurs will know they can play much better.

  • Backs to the wall job for Arsenal at the moment. Giroud back there sliding into tackles and heading everything. Villas-Boas out of his technical area to tell Walker to throw long. Arsenal can clear up in the air, and are then awarded a free-kick. That should be it.

  • Giroud barges into a challenge. Chance for Spurs to load the box. They go short to Lamela, and his cross hits Cazorla. Spurs eventually win a corner off Monreal. Lamela takes. The ball loops into the air, before Soldado fires across goal. Air shot from 10 yards out from Walker.

  • Arsenal now have six-men strung across their back line. Sagna involved as he hooks away a Soldado pass. Walker then sends over a cross, which Flamini glances clear. Another delivery comes in, and that too is seen out.

  • Arsenal make their third and final change. Walcott trots off to be replaced by Sagna. Wenger looking to shut up shop and preserve this clean sheet.

  • A loose ball breaks in the direction of Walker 25 yards out. He swings across the ball and ends up sending a wayward shot high into the stands. He could have taken a touch to steady himself.

  • Five minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  • Sandro drives Spurs through midfield. He gives the ball to Walker, and his pass sprayed out to the left curls out of play. Not looking like it will be Spurs' day. Wenger delaying his late change.

  • Walker's pace takes him to the by-line, and he is able to hook over a cross. No-one on white has gone to the front post, though, and Szczesny can gather with ease. Arsenal about to make their final change.

  • Keep-ball from Arsenal. Spurs working hard to get it back. Paulinho can't find a pass through the middle, and Defoe is then crowded out on the edge of the box.

  • Nice touch from Ramsey into Cazorla. He fires high to Walcott, who leaves Rose on the deck. He can't pick out a team-mate, and neither can Ramsey when the ball breaks back his way.

  • Arsenal with everyone behind the ball now. Defoe still finds a yard of space and plays the ball wide to Lamela. He cuts onto his left foot, but fails to catch a shot which trickles through to Szczesny.

  • Monreal does cross this time, but his effort his deflected into the arms of Lloris. Spurs break and Koscielny catches Defoe trying to dart in front of the Spurs striker. Free-kick to Spurs 40 yards from goal, dead centre. They send it wide and Chadli lashes high over the top. Wasted.

  • Giroud dives into a tackle on Sandro. Clumsy, and a free-kick to Spurs. They make nothing of it. Cazorla leads an Arsenal charge. He has Monreal with him, but he opts to go backwards rather than send over a hopeful cross from the left.

  • Walker unable to take a long ball fired down the right on his toe. Gibbs happy to take his time with the throw. Sandro involved for the first time, but can't find Paulinho with a square ball. Arsenal look to counter, but Walcott can't be freed down the middle.

  • Flamini has been a bundle of energy since coming on, as you would expect. He may not be a glamour signing, but he could be an important one for Arsenal. His experience will be key heading forward.

  • Walcott left on the floor after challenging for a high ball with Defoe. The Spurs striker did jump with his arms raised and goes into the book. No malice, but a caution all the same.

  • Monreal almost scores with his first touch. Giroud shows good strength to tee up Walcott. His effort from inside the area is parried away by Lloris. Monreal has the goal gaping, but Walker gets a vital toe to the ball for Spurs. Game still hanging in the balance.

  • Wenger and Arsenal looking to hold on to what they have. Rosicky makes way for Monreal. He will slot in on the left of midfield, but is a lot more defensively-minded than the man he has replaced.

  • Koscielny in the right place again to deal with a long throw from Rose. Walker then has acres of space to run into down the right wing, but can't be picked out.


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