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Spurs put Arsenal on knees

serie a live betsSpurs beat Arsenal 2-1 in 'White Hart Lane "in 167 th ​​North London derby.Rafael van der Vaart opened the 40th minute, Aaron Ramsey equalized in the 51st before Kyle Walker to score in the 73rd minute a great goal from almost 30 meters, which brought the victory of "spurs".

Arsene Wenger sprung a surprise by naming young Francis Coquelin, who last started in the 8-2 humiliation by Manchester United, in a defensive midfield role, while Gervinho and Theo Walcott returned to the forward line after injury. Spurs were back to full strength after their midweek match, with Jermain Defoe partnering ex-Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor in an offensive formation.

Tottenham started the brightest, and Wojciech Szczesny was called into action after five minutes when Alex Song gave the ball away softly, allowing Van der Vaart to feed Scott Parker, whose shot was tame and duly saved.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has hailed his side’s second half performance in the north London derby victory over Arsenal, stating Spurs thoroughly deserved to pick up the three points.

He said: “We deserved the win; we were excellent after the break and had all the good chances throughout the half.

“We had got the goal before half-time and to be honest I nearly made the change at half-time to thicken us up in midfield by bringing an extra one on, but I thought I would continue and see how things went.

“Then, unfortunately they got off to a better start in the second half and got the goal.

“They were in the ascendancy at that point and watching the game you may have thought we were in trouble, but then we really upped it; we got better and stronger and really took over things in the second half.”

The experienced boss did concede the Gunners enjoyed more of the ball for long spells of the match, although said that was a risk he was prepared to take after selecting a very attacking line-up.

“I thought Arsenal had a lot of possession early on – it was difficult,” said Redknapp.

“They played with three in midfield and just the one striker, which meant they had the extra man in midfield so they were always going to get the main sway of possession as we only had two in there.

“We also had Gareth Bale and Van der Vaart playing wide with two central strikers – I went for a very attacking team.”

Redknapp had kind words for right-back Walker, who saw his long-range strike take Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny by surprise to hand his side a priceless derby victory.

“Kyle Walker is a great attacking full-back, he just loves to get forward,” his manager added.

“It was a great strike from Kyle. He has done ever so well and had a good to start to the new season.”

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal cannot now realistically hope to challenge for the Premier League title after they slumped to a 2-1 defeat on Sunday, but insisted that Tottenham goalscorer Rafael van der Vaart should have been sent off.

Asked by the assembled media how the loss affected his title hopes, the Frenchman said: "I do not think like that. I think at the moment we have to set ourselves a realistic target and to get in touch with the teams who are fighting for the Champions League positions.

"If you say today we will win the league it is not realistic.

"At the moment we are 12 points behind Manchester United and Manchester City. We have to fight to come back into a much better position, that's reality.

"It is frustrating as well because their first goal was handball," he continued.

"I wonder what the linesmen do in these situations. It is a second yellow card as well because he already had one - for handball, on purpose."

Wenger then went on to admit that his side had defended poorly despite playing well otherwise.

"We lost the game when we were on top, and we conceded two poor goals, I think," the dejected tactician said.

"After the second goal I think we defended badly, and made two or three mistakes in the same situation.

"We did not defend properly and we were punished for it. I have to see it again [the second goal], but yes, Wojcech Sczesny certainly looks disappointed about the second goal.

"There were some encouraging signs, but we need points."