Arsenal thrash Spurs to reclaim EPL fourth spot

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2012, 22:59 PM IST

London: Arsenal reclaimed the fourth place in the English Premier League after a resounding 5-2 victory over city rivals Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday.

Tottenham though were the team that did all the early attacking and went ahead in as early as the fourth minute through Frenchman Louis Saha.

Arsenal played themselves into the match with some neat passing pushing the Spurs defence into their own third. Robin Van Persie missed a glorious chance to score the equaliser but his shot was tipped over the bar by Brad Friedel in goal.

The Gunners remained shaky at the back and were dealt a heavy blow in the 34th minute when Welshman Gareth Bale was brought down by Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny. Former gunner Emmanuel Adebayor struck a clinical spot kick to give Spurs a two goal lead.

Arsenal came back with vengeance, wiping off Spurs two goal lead in the space of three minutes. Bacary Sagna scored the first for the gunners with a powerful header in the 40th minute. Just three minutes later Van Persie scored equaliser with a brilliantly curled left-footed shot from outside the D.

In the second half Arsenal continued from where they left off putting the Spurs defence under tremendous pressure. Czech Tomas Rosicky gave his team the lead in the 51st minute, playing a one-two with Sagna before poking in the latter`s deflected cross.

Tottenham, who had brought on Rafael van der Vaart and Sandro just after the half, put pressure under Arsenal`s back four for a brief spell. Arsenal though again scored in quick succession to kill the game. Theo Walcott scored with an inch perfect lob over Friedel from a tight angle and soon after grabbed his second goal by drilling his shot past the Spurs goalie.

Arsenal leapfrog Chelsea into fourth place, ahead thanks to a better goal difference. Tottenaham are still in third ten points behind league leaders Manchester City and seven points infront of Arsenal.

IANS