Tottenham 0 Arsenal 1: Arsene Wenger calls derby win a 'huge result' as Gunners narrow gap to Chelsea in Premier League table

An early Tomas Rosicky strike settled the contest at White Hart Lane

Arsenal remained in the hunt for the league title after what Arsene Wenger called a “huge result” at rivals Tottenham.

Tomas Rosicky's wonderful early strike was the difference at White Hart Lane, as the Gunners held off a second-half Spurs onslaught to triumph 1-0.

The win was Arsenal's first at the home of their bitter rivals since September 2007 and narrowed the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points.

Wenger leads his men to Stamford Bridge next weekend for a pivotal encounter with renewed confidence brought by victory in the north London derby.

"It is a huge result," the Arsenal boss said. "We were under pressure to win before the game because of course it was a very important game.

"Our early goal maybe influenced too much how we played because we missed a second goal and after that we wanted to protect the lead and sometimes we were under pressure.

"Tottenham played well, we must say. For me, they were absolutely up for it and we needed some special resilience to get away with it.

"As long as we didn't score the second goal, of course it was a very tight game, but in the end, for us, it is three massive points."

The result kept Arsenal's title ambitions alive but effectively ended Spurs' top-four ambitions.

Tim Sherwood, animated on the touchline throughout, conceded the seven-point gap to fourth-placed Manchester City is likely to be too big to breach - something that may well see the head coach lose his job in the summer.

The 3-1 home loss to Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie also means this will likely be another trophyless season for Spurs, but Sherwood vowed to give fans something to smile about before the season's end.

"I think it was difficult anyway," Sherwood said of reaching the top four. "We're just going to try and accumulate as many points as we can.

"Obviously we have a tough game away at Benfica on Thursday and then we play here and we need the same performance against Southampton. If we do, we will win the game.

"We will win probably more than we lose between now and the end of the season.

"This was always going to be a tough period for us but there is no crisis here.

"We lost to Chelsea, who are a lot of people's favourites to win the league, and in the first half of that game I thought we were really, really good.

"The capitulation I spoke about I wasn't happy with and Benfica was obviously going to be a tough game and it went against us.

"Then we were playing Arsenal in a derby and we wanted to win the game and I think we deserved to.

"I have learned more in this last week about being a manager than I learned over the easy period when we were winning games every week."

PA

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss