London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Tomas Rosicky scored in the 2nd minute as Arsenal held on for a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at White Hart Lane.
Rosicky fired Arsenal in front on their first serious attack with an unstoppable half-volley that whistled past Hugo Lloris and into the Tottenham goalkeeper’s right-hand corner.
Tottenham, looking to recover from humiliating defeats to Chelsea and Benfica, was caught out defensively a number of times in the first half.
Luckily for Tottenham, Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain squandered the best of Arsenal’s chances when through one-on-one with Lloris.
The win put Arsenal back above Manchester City in the Premier League table and level with second-placed Liverpool on points.
Chelsea remains on top by four points while Tottenham is now seven points adrift of fourth-placed City, who has three games in hand.
Meanwhile, Liverpool kept its title bid on track with a 3-0 victory over bitter rival Manchester United at Old Trafford. The win was Liverpool’s first at Old Trafford in five years.
Steven Gerrard scored twice from the penalty spot and Luis Suarez scored his 25th goal of the season to complete the win.
Gerrard converted from 12 yards in the 34th minute after Rafael handled the ball and the Liverpool captain scored again from the spot in the 46th minute when Phil Jones knocked over Joe Allen after the restart.
The England skipper would have scored Liverpool’s first hat trick at Old Trafford since 1936 if his third penalty had not hit a post after a foul was awarded against Nemanja Vidic for a challenge on Daniel Sturridge.
Vidic was sent off for the tackle — the fourth time he has been dismissed against Liverpool — but replays appeared to show Sturridge had dived to win the spot-kick.
Suarez then rounded off the rout near the end with a well-taken finish.
This time last year, United was 29 points ahead of Liverpool. Now, United is 14 behind its bitter rivals with nine matches of the season left.