Rose blooms after wonder goal

Rose celebrated his first start in the Premier League by firing a

contender for goal of the season when he smashed home Manuel

Almunia’s fisted clearance. Positioned 30 yards out, the

19-year-old winger struck his left-foot volley with such power it

screamed inches over the head of Almunia. Even if the Leeds United

academy product never plays again he will already have sealed his

place in White Hart Lane folklore as Spurs ended their 11-year wait

for a league win over their north London neighbours. Upon scoring

Rose’s first reaction was to look for his dad Nigel in the stands

and he later swapped shirts with Theo Walcott, which he gave to his

younger brother Mitchell. “I don’t think I have ever hit a better

shot than that in my life,” said the England Under-21

international. “I was going to bring it down at first and then at

the last minute I just thought I would hit it. I caught it sweetly

and it went in. “I was very nervous but the lads helped me out

massively before the kick-off. “I think when I was younger – at

Leeds when I was about 12 – I hit a nice 20 yarder but this one

tops it off. “It’s the first time we have beaten Arsenal in a few

years so it was nice to get on the scoresheet. “I didn’t know what

to do after scoring. I ran to the touchline and then I ran to look

for my Dad. I managed to see him. “Then I looked around and Arsenal

had taken the kick-off so I just forgot about it straight away and

I ended up defending.” Rose’s sensational opener hauled Spurs to

within one point of fourth place Manchester City, catapulting them

back into Champions League contention. Next up are Chelsea, who

travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday, with fixtures against

Manchester United and City also to come. “We needed to win to put a

bit of pressure on Man City. They have got a hard game at the

weekend (Manchester United) and so have we,” said Rose. “I know a

lot of people wrote us off with the hard games we had coming up so

it was important to get three points against Arsenal. We put in a

good performance as well. “It proves we can beat Chelsea. We have

come on leaps and bounds this season. We have been more consistent

away from home as well. “It’s the first time we have beaten Arsenal

in 11 years and we have shown we can beat anyone at home.” While

Rose and Gareth Bale did the damage at Arsenal’s end, it was the

heroics of Heurelho Gomes who preserved Spurs’ lead with a string

of magnificent late saves. “The atmosphere in the dressing room was

unbelievable after the game,” said Rose. “Everyone was buzzing and

jumping on Gomes. He made three terrific, world-class saves and

everyone was buzzing.”