Arsenal’s chances of a top-four finish this season were handed a blow on Sunday, as the Gunners suffered a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham in the north London derby.
The home side made a lightning quick start and had the first effort on goal with less than a minute on the clock. Dele Alli found Harry Kane, who advanced towards goal and fired an effort through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s legs, only for Petr Cech to get down well to deny the Spurs striker.
The home side were also had the next attempt on six minutes. Christian Eriksen curled in a corner from Spurs right and Tobey Alderweireld headed just over the bar.
On 11 minutes Arsenal saw a half-hearted penalty appeal turned down, as Hugo Lloris palmed the ball away from Kieran Gibbs, bringing the full-back down in the process.
The home side had a couple of chances in quick successive in halfway through the first half. Harry Kane’s deflected effort towards goal found Dele Alli at the far post, only for the midfielder to head wide from close-range.
Soon afterwards Spurs had another golden opportunity. Heung Son-min took on Oxlade-Chamberlain before seeing an effort on goal deflect to Eriksen, who clipped the bar from a couple yards out.
The Gunners offered their first real threat on goal on 38 minutes, as Lloris had to get down well to tip an Aaron Ramsey effort wide of the post. Just prior to the break Sanchez tried to curl an effort from the edge of the area towards the far corner, but his effort went just wide of Lloris’ post.
On the stroke of half-time, Cech was called into action from a Jan Vertonghen effort from the edge of the area, as the Czech ‘keeper parried the effort away from goal.
Tottenham had the first attempt of the period came on 48 minutes, as Victor Wanyama’s effort from the edge of the area was tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner, Son hit an effort into the side-netting.
Kane then hit a powerful effort from just outside the area straight at Cech. Arsenal replied up the other end of the pitch, as Olivier Giroud volleyed over the bar from inside the penalty area.
Tottenham took the lead on 55 minutes. Eriksen received the ball from Alli, dribbled towards goal and saw a shot saved by Cech, only for Alli to scramble home the rebound.
The home side doubled their lead just a few minutes later. Harry Kane was brought down in the area by Gabriel and Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. The England striker stepped up and drilled the penalty low past Cech.
On the half mark, Giroud found some space in the area and drove an effort straight at Lloris. Sanchez also fired straight a low effort straight at Lloris a few minutes later as Arsenal desperate searched for a way back into the game.
However, Spurs still offered a threat at the other end, as Son fired just wide from the edge of the Arsenal area. On 67 minutes Vertonghen saw a curling effort from the edge of the area brilliantly tipped wide of goal by Cech.
Spurs kept it in the Arsenal half and Kane hit the side-netting with an effort after the visitors saw a penalty appeal waved away following what looked like a handball by Sanchez in the Arsenal area.
Tottenham hit Arsenal on the counter-attack on 77 minutes Wanyama poked a pass to Kane, whose first touch took him away from goal, but the striker still got a shot away that Cech had to save.
Cech was in action again from the resulting corner, as the Czech keeper parried away Alderweireld’s powerful header on goal. On 80 minutes Cech produced a straightforward save from a tame effort from Kane.
Arsenal substitute Theo Walcott fired straight at Lloris from just inside the area with just four minutes left on the clock. The effort was the last of the game, as Arsenal offered little threat to the stubborn Spurs defence and the Gunners Champions League hopes took a blow.
Did any Arsenal player deserve praise for their performance against Spurs?