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Spurs Boost Top Four Bid After Punishing Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur kept their top-four ambitions alive with a 3-0 win over North London rivals Arsenal on Thursday night.

Premier League

Result: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Arsenal

Date: 12 May 2022

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The Gunners were unchanged from their win over Leeds United, as the front trio of Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli were retained while Spurs boasted a three pronged attack of Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Dejan Kulusevski.

The game got off to a frantic start and the first chance of the encounter was presented to Antonio Conte's charges charges in the 22nd minute through a penalty after Cedric Soares was adjudged to have barged into Son, leaving Kane to slot home the penalty for the openin goal.

Tottenham looked dangerous on their ascendancy but their course was made easier in the 33rd minute after Arsenal were reduced to ten men after Rob Holding got a second yellow card in a space of seven minutes.

Mikel Arteta's men were not allowed to regroup, as Kane doubled the hosts' lead eight minutes before the halftime break with a header at the back post after a flick-on by Rodrigo Bentancur from Son's corner.

Conte's troops were more ruthless coming from the halftime break and Son ended any glimmer of hope for the Gunners with a low strike from a rebound in the box to make it 3-0.

Spurs fashioned more chances as they put Arsenal on the back foot, although Conte made a double attacking change in the last 18 minutes as Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn entered the fray in place of both Kulusevski and Son.

Arsenal tried to get something to write home about in the closing stages but they lacked the cutting edge as Tottenham marched on to a resounding win and moved to within one point of fourth placed-Gunners with only two rounds of matches left.

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