Villas-Boas sees the gap as Spurs win vital derby
Andre Villas-Boas warned Arsenal that they are in a "negative spiral" after seeing his Tottenham Hotspur side open up a seven-point gap over their north London rivals with a 2-1 win yesterday.
Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon put Spurs two goals ahead in the first half, before Per Mertesacker halved the deficit early in the second. "We are on an upward spiral in terms of confidence and they are in a negative spiral in terms of results," said Villas-Boas, above, whose side are now unbeaten in 12 in the Premier League, their longest unbeaten league run since 1984-85. "To be out of that negative spiral is extremely difficult."
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Opinion: James Lawton
Quite apart from the astonishing impact of Bale, Spurs are looking stronger, more resolute and more composed than at any time since Harry Redknapp pushed back their horizons three years ago. MORE