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Premier League Roundup - Tottenham Defeat Arsenal In North London Derby

Omar Shamout |
October 3, 2011 | 7:00 p.m. PDT

Staff Writer

Rafael Van der Vaart scored for Spurs on a controversial play. (Alejandro Ramos/Wikimedia Commons)
Rafael Van der Vaart scored for Spurs on a controversial play. (Alejandro Ramos/Wikimedia Commons)
Tottenham emerged victorious from their 2-1 North London derby against bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday, and climbed to sixth in the Premier League table. Arsenal sit in 15th position, just two points above the relegation zone.

Spurs defender Kyle Walker score the winner in the 73rd minute with a 25-yard bullet that fooled Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Aaron Ramset tied the game for Arsenal in the 51st minute after a bright start to the second half, which saw the Gunners maintain possession and pressure American Brad Friedel in the Tottenham net.

Rafael Van der Vaart opened the scoring for Spurs in the 40th minute after a lobbed pass from former-Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor found the Dutchman in front of goal. Replays showed the Spurs striker handled the ball before the goal, but Mike Dean and his linesman missed the call.

The struggles continue for manager Arsène Wenger's men after learning that right-back Bacary Sagna will be sidelined for three months after suffering a broken fibula during the match.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wagner (Gordon Flood/Wikimedia Commons)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wagner (Gordon Flood/Wikimedia Commons)
Tottenham assistant coach Clive Allen lashed out at Wenger (seen at left) on Monday, calling him, "two-bob," after the Frenchman apparently refused to shake his hand at the final whistle. Wenger claimed he didn't see Allen, but responded to the controversy by saying, "I shook the hand of the manager and the assistant manager.  How many people do I have to shake hands with?" Wenger was shoved by Allen on the sideline during last year's match at White Hart Lane.

Wenger also appeared to concede the title on Sunday, telling his club's website, "At the moment we are 12 points behind Manchester United and Manchester City - that's not realistic to say today that we will win the league."

Other Matches:

-- Manchester United continued their unbeaten run to the start of the season with a relatively unspectacular 2-0 win over Norwich City at home. The Canaries missed two clear-cut scoring opportunities in the first-half that fell to Anthony Pilkington and Steve Morison. Anderson and Danny Wellbeck got on the score sheet for United.

-- Sergio Aguero appears unstoppable as he scored all three of Manchester City’s goals against Wigan in a 3-0 home win.

-- Chelsea thumped lowly Bolton 5-1 away from home through a hat trick from Frank Lampard and two goals from Daniel Sturridge. Bolton manager Owen Coyle will have to turn things around quickly if he hopes to still have a job at Christmas, with the Wanderers only managing three points from their first seven matches.

Here's a look at the full Premier League standings after seven rounds:

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