Gunners hopes hit by Lane defeat

Danny Rose, on his full league debut for Spurs, put Spurs ahead

with an unstoppage 30-yard volley early in the first half at White

Hart Lane and Gareth Bale added a second early in the second.

Nicklas Bendtner pulled one back for the Gunners to set up a nervy

finish but three superb Huerelho Gomes saves ultimately proved

crucial as Spurs moved to within a point of Manchester City in

fourth. Arsenal on the other hand are six points behind Chelsea and

surely out of the title race, with even Arsene Wenger admitting

before the game that only a win would do. Aston Villa, meanwhile,

can surely now forget about the Champions League after being held

to a 2-2 draw by Everton at Villa Park. Martin O’Neill had set his

side a target of six straight wins to give them a realistic hope of

claiming fourth but they were just happy to claim a point against

the Toffees. Gabriel Agbonlahor’s 50th goal for the club cancelled

out Tim Cahill’s first-half opener but a second from Cahill loked

to have handed David Moyes’ men all three points – and a chance of

overhauling the Villans in seventh – until Phil Jagielka’s

injury-time own goal. The result leaves Villa seventh, seven points

behind fourth-placed City, but crucially still four points clear of

the Merseysiders in the final Europa Leage spot. Wigan missed a

golden opportunity to ease their relegation worries in the night’s

other game as they were held to a goalless draw by an

already-relegated and under-strength Portsmouth at the DW Stadium.

Pompey’s Jamie Ashdown was by far the busier goalkeeper but his

display was certainly not in the brilliant category as the Latics

squandered a number of chances. And although the draw lifted Wigan

up a place to 16th they are only five points above the bottom three

with the visit of Arsenal to come at the weekend.