Arsenal claim 1-0 away win over rival Tottenham

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm •  Published: March 16, 2014
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LONDON, England (AP) — Arsenal kept up the pace in the race for the Premier League title with a 1-0 away win over archrival Tottenham on Sunday.

On the ground where they last won the title, the Gunners took full advantage of leader Chelsea's loss to Aston Villa on Saturday to close the gap to the leader.

"It was a must-win game. We maintained the focus to not make the mistake that would cost us," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

He watched his side take the lead inside two minutes when midfielder Tomas Rosicky rifled in an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area.

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain should have doubled the visitors lead in the 15th when he raced clear on goal, but his attempted lob sailed well wide of goal of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' goal.

Another swift counterattack by Arsenal eventually saw Oliver Giroud square the ball across goal in the 26th, but Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot deflected wide.

Tottenham's striker Emmanuel Adebayor was unable to divert his shot inside the far post following a right-wing cross from Townsend shortly before the half-hour mark.

Oxlade-Chamberlain blazed high over the bar from the edge of the penalty area, after Rosicky had rolled the ball into his path, having robbed Danny Rose in the 41st.

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