Arsenal Beat Tottenham in North London Derby to Qualify for FA Cup's Next Round

By Malamine Sane
Tomas Rosicky
Photo:Courtesy of Arsenal Football Club official Facebook page

Arsenal have beaten Tottenham 2-0 and have qualified for the next round of the FA Cup. Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky were the goalscorers for the gunners. Spurs are now out of all domestic  Cup competitions after their defeat in the Capital One Cup three weeks ago against West Ham.

Arsene Wenger made four changes to the starting XI that beat Cardiff City on New Year’s Day. Wojciech Szczesny, Per Mertesacker,  Mathieu Flamini and Lukas Podolski made way for Lukas FabianskiThomas VermalaenTomas Rosicky and Serge Gnabry. Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood made only one change to the side that beat Manchester United on Wednesday at Old Trafford, as 19-year-old Frenchman Nabil Bentaleb replaced Etienne Capoue in central midfield.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado were once again fielded in Sherwood’s 4-4-2. Despite Spurs attacking intentions, it’s Arsenal that created the best chances in the first half. Both Theo Walcott and Gnabry came very close to beating Hugo Lloris, but their efforts were deflected by the Spurs’ keeper. Santi Cazorla broke the deadlock at the 32nd minute with a wonderful volley out of Lloris’ reach. The Spaniard was perfectly served with an excellent through ball by Gnabry. Despite a good reaction by Spurs, Wenger’s men held on to their lead until halftime.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first with Arsenal controlling possession with Rosicky, Cazorla and Jack Wilshere in midfield. The gunners sealed the game at the 62nd minute with a goal by Rosicky, who took advantage of a terrible mistake by Spurs left-back Danny Rose to easily beat Lloris with a floated ball over the Tottenham keeper.

Despite the absences of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, Arsenal remained in control and easily cruised past Tottenham. The gunners could end their nine-year-trophy drought this season as they are still in contention in all three major competitions (Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League). After this early FA Cup exit, Spurs now have just the Premier League and Europa League to salvage their season.

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