EPL: Gareth Bale shines again as Spurs add to Arsenal's misery

Arsenal's first defeat in six league games left them five points behind Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish and added to the sense of a club in crisis.

updated: March 04, 2013 00:51 IST
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London: Gareth Bale stole the spotlight yet again as the Tottenham star inspired his side to a crucial 2-1 win over Arsenal that piled on the misery for their north London rivals on Sunday.

Bale has been in sublime form of late and the Wales winger produced a typically clinical finish to break the deadlock in the first half at White Hart Lane before Aaron Lennon doubled Tottenham's lead just moments later.

Per Mertesacker's goal early in the second half set the stage for a tense finish, but Andre Villas-Boas's team, now unbeaten in their last 12 league games, held on to move above Chelsea into third place in the Premier League and within two points of second-placed Manchester City.

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