Arsenal’s UCL Qualification On Hold After Heavy Defeat At Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal’s UCL Qualification On Hold After Heavy Defeat At Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for a first Champions League since 2017 was put on hold after they were hammered 3-0 by bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in Thursday’s fixture.
A first brace from Harry Kane and an early second half strike from Heung-Min Son, kept Spurs in the race for a top four finish.
A win for Arsenal would have sealed qualification to next season’s Champions League.
Arsenal had to play most part of the game with 10 men following Rob Holding’s sending off in the first half.
Despite the defeat Arsenal are still in fourth place on 66 points, just a point ahead of Spurs with two games left to play.
Arsenal had their first shot on target in the fourth minute but Martin Odegaard’s shot took a slight deflection and was well saved by Hugo Lloris.
In the 16th minute Arsenal broke on the left side but Gabriel Martinelli’s attempted cutback was cleared away by the Spurs defence.
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Spurs took the lead on 22 minutes after Kane opened the scoring from the penalty spot following a foul on Heung Min Son by Cedric Soares.
Odegaard almost profited from a poor catch by Lloris from a cross but the French keeper recovered well to claim the rebound.
Spurs went close to doubling their lead on 28 minutes through Kane but his goal bound strike was well blocked by Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Arsenal were reduced to 10 men on 33 minutes after Rob Holding was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Son.
Kane got his second goal on 37 minutes as he headed into an empty unmarked off a flick on from a corner.
With three minutes left in the first half Eddie Nketiah’s attempted curler was tipped over the bar for a corner.
Just two minutes into the second half Spurs went 3-0 ahead thanks to Son who slammed the ball into the net after after Arsenal failed to clear their lines.
Arsenal almost hit back few minutes later through Bukayo Saka off a pass from Martinelli but Ben Davies made a timely block and cleared the rebound for a corner.
Spurs went close to going 4-0 ahead on 59 minutes but Emerson Royal’s header was palmed away by Aaron Ramsdale.
Again Ramsdale was called to action on 62 minutes as he tipped away Kane’s long range strike for a corner.
In the 78th minute Cedric sent in a dangerous cross but Lloris came out and calmly claimed ball in the air.
Odegaard had a chance to pull a goal back for Arsenal with 10 minutes left from a superb cutback from Tavares only to see his strike well saved by Lloris.
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