Arsenal continued their fine home record against Tottenham by handing their north London rivals a first defeat of the season.

Olivier Giroud scored his fourth goal this term when he tucked in Theo Walcott's low cross at the near post.

Andros Townsend had a shot saved in an open start, while Hugo Lloris denied Giroud and Walcott after the break.

Wojciech Szczesny stopped Jermain Defoe's deflected shot as Arsenal moved fourth in the Premier League table.

Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham: Arsene Wenger praises Giroud 'charisma'

There was one worry for Arsenal fans as midfielder Jack Wilshere came off before half-time but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said afterwards it was illness rather than injury that prompted the 21-year-old's withdrawal.

That will potentially be a relief to England boss Roy Hodgson, who has two upcoming World Cup qualifiers, starting on Friday.

This absorbing encounter lacked the high-scoring of the 5-2 victories the Gunners have enjoyed over Spurs for the last two seasons. But a fourth consecutive win since they lost to Aston Villa on the opening day was a perfect response from the Gunners to taunts about Arsene Wenger's lack of spending compared with Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Tottenham have only won once at Arsenal since 1993 and, despite creating several good openings, it was Arsenal who enjoyed the more clear-cut opportunities, Santi Cazorla twice showing his invention from clever free-kicks early on.

Villas-Boas has spent close to £105m on new players this summer but while his side look powerful, they were often lacking the speed of an Arsenal team with more Premier League experience - and it was an illustration of what they might miss without Gareth Bale, who has completed his move to Real Madrid.

Against the odds

There have been 125 goals scored in Premier League meetings between Tottenham and Arsenal, more than any other fixture.

The first-half goal that won the game was a case in point as the ball was swept out to Walcott on the right, the Tottenham defence misjudging their attempt to move up and catch the Gunners attack offside, and the England winger crossed low for the darting Giroud to poke in at the near post.

Arsenal also came close to adding to that goal when some sharp interplay led to Walcott bursting into the inside right channel but the advancing Lloris came out to thwart him on the edge of his penalty area with an expertly timed tackle.

Wenger's team, looking comfortable, were then deflated as Wilshere was withdrawn, to be replaced by new signing Mathieu Flamini making his first Arsenal appearance since April 2008.

Tottenham were more energetic and had more of the ball after the break. They had a penalty appeal when Laurent Koscielny made contact with Roberto Soldado in the penalty area.

Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham: Andre Villas-Boas admits defeat 'hurts'

But it was the hosts who again carved out the better openings as they struck on the break, Giroud drawing a superb stop from Lloris after his shot was deflected by Danny Rose. The French goalkeeper also denied Walcott twice, substitute Nacho Monreal making a hash of the follow-up from the second of those chances.

Defoe was introduced after 69 minutes and had a deflected effort superbly stopped by Szczesny and new Spurs signing Erik Lamela came on for his debut as Spurs pressed for the equaliser.

The visitors were not helped by a nasty ankle injury suffered by midfielder Etienne Capoue, and although at one point Villas-Boas sprinted down the touchline to urge his team on, they looked short of the extra spark that Bale so often provided last season.

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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Giroud 23

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Ref: OliverAtt: 60,071
    ARSENAL
    TOTTENHAM

    Possession

    • Arsenal 43%
    • Tottenham 57%

    Attempts on target

    • Arsenal 5
    • Tottenham 4

    Attempts off target

    • Arsenal 7
    • Tottenham 10

    Corners

    • Arsenal 3
    • Tottenham 6

    Fouls

    • Arsenal 15
    • Tottenham 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:28 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+5:21 Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 90:00+5:10 Booking for Joe Paulo Paulinho.
    • 90:00+5:10 Roberto Soldado goes into the referee's book.
    • Correction - 90:00+5:10 Booking
    • 90:00+4:49 Nacho Monreal fouled by Raniere Sandro, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 90:00+4:44 Clearance made by Mathieu Flamini.
    • 90:00+4:40 Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+4:14 Clearance by Olivier Giroud.
    • 90:00+3:53 Clearance by Bacary Sagna.
    • 90:00+3:39 Clearance made by Olivier Giroud.
    • 90:00+3:36 The ball is swung over by Roberto Soldado.
    • 90:00+3:33 Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+3:31 Aaron Ramsey makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+3:29 Corner from the right by-line taken by Erik Lamela.
    • 90:00+3:04 Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
    • 90:00+3:02 Clearance by Santi Cazorla.
    • 90:00+2:58 Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.
    • 90:00+2:41 Raniere Sandro fouled by Olivier Giroud, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 90:00+2:31 Clearance by Aaron Ramsey.
    • 90:00+2:30 The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker.
    • 90:00+2:21 Danny Rose produces a cross.
    • 90:00+2:17 Clearance made by Mathieu Flamini.
    • 90:00+2:16 Kyle Walker crosses the ball.
    • 90:00+2:03 Clearance by Bacary Sagna.
    • 90:00+1:04 Substitution Bacary Sagna is brought on as a substitute for Theo Walcott.
    • 90:00+0:13 Kyle Walker takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.
    • 90:00+0:10 The ball is delivered by Nacer Chadli.
    • 88:03 Kyle Walker sends in a cross.
    • Correction - 86:47 Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Raniere Sandro gets a block in.
    • 86:47 Aaron Ramsey takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
    • 86:45 Clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.
    • 86:40 Clearance made by Danny Rose.
    • 86:05 Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.
    • 85:47 Erik Lamela has an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny makes a block.
    • 84:36 Shot by Nacer Chadli went over the bar.
    • 84:33 Free kick taken by Erik Lamela.
    • 84:01 Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Jermain Defoe, free kick awarded.
    • 83:41 A cross is delivered by Nacho Monreal.
    • 83:00 Aaron Ramsey makes a clearance.
    • 82:53 Free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.
    • 82:48 Foul by Olivier Giroud on Raniere Sandro, free kick awarded.
    • 80:47 Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 80:18 Booking for Jermain Defoe for unsporting behaviour.
    • 80:18 Booking
    • 80:06 Jermain Defoe challenges Theo Walcott unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 79:56 Free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.
    • 79:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jan Vertonghen by Olivier Giroud.
    • 79:36 Free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.
    • 79:29 Laurent Koscielny fouled by Jermain Defoe, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 78:49 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Parried by Hugo Lloris back into danger.
    • 78:13 Substitution Nacho Monreal is brought on as a substitute for Tomas Rosicky.
    • 77:04 Clearance made by Carl Jenkinson.
    • 76:29 Free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.
    • 76:24 The referee blows for offside.
    • 76:18 Theo Walcott restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 75:57 Raniere Sandro challenges Olivier Giroud unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 75:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nacer Chadli on Olivier Giroud.
    • 75:13 Shot by Kyle Walker went wide left of the target.
    • 75:09 Aaron Ramsey manages to make a clearance.
    • 75:07 Clearance by Per Mertesacker.
    • 75:05 Shot by Roberto Soldado. Blocked by Olivier Giroud.
    • 75:01 Jermain Defoe has an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny parries the ball away.
    • 74:59 Clearance made by Olivier Giroud.
    • 74:58 Free kick taken by Erik Lamela.
    • 74:50 Substitution (Spurs) makes a substitution, with Raniere Sandro coming on for Etienne Capoue.
    • 74:28 Substitution Erik Lamela is brought on as a substitute for Andros Townsend.
    • 71:26 Santi Cazorla concedes a free kick for a foul on Etienne Capoue.
    • 70:40 Aaron Ramsey produces a cross.
    • 70:11 A cross is delivered by Nacer Chadli.
    • 68:59 Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.
    • 68:39 Theo Walcott challenges Danny Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 68:28 Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:13 Substitution Jermain Defoe is brought on as a substitute for Mousa Dembele.
    • Correction - 67:53 Unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Joe Paulo Paulinho results in a free kick.
    • 67:53 Tomas Rosicky fouled by Joe Paulo Paulinho, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 67:48 Clearance by Per Mertesacker.
    • 66:52 Etienne Capoue restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:42 Roberto Soldado fouled by Laurent Koscielny, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 65:50 Shot by Joe Paulo Paulinho went wide right of the target.
    • 64:51 Andros Townsend crosses the ball.
    • 63:42 Clearance made by Kyle Walker.
    • 63:39 Corner taken by Theo Walcott.
    • 63:07 Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Hugo Lloris parries the effort to safety.
    • 62:57 Clearance by Tomas Rosicky.
    • 62:35 Joe Paulo Paulinho takes the free kick.
    • 62:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Santi Cazorla on Etienne Capoue.
    • 62:00 Clearance by Michael Dawson.
    • 61:12 Carl Jenkinson makes a clearance.
    • 61:09 The ball is crossed by Andros Townsend.
    • 60:37 Carl Jenkinson takes the free kick.
    • 60:21 Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Nacer Chadli results in a free kick.
    • 60:05 Clearance by Kieran Gibbs.
    • 60:03 Free kick crossed by Andros Townsend.
    • 59:22 Kieran Gibbs challenges Kyle Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 59:11 Clearance by Kyle Walker.
    • 59:07 Olivier Giroud has an effort at goal. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
    • 59:06 Clearance by Nacer Chadli.
    • 59:02 Clearance made by Danny Rose.
    • 58:59 Clearance made by Michael Dawson.
    • 58:55 Corner taken by Theo Walcott.
    • 58:32 Clearance by Jan Vertonghen.
    • 58:30 The ball is swung over by Theo Walcott.
    • 58:23 Free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
    • 58:22 Mousa Dembele concedes a free kick for a foul on Mathieu Flamini.
    • 58:00 Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
    • 57:39 Laurent Koscielny fouled by Roberto Soldado, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 56:19 Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 56:06 Foul by Aaron Ramsey on Kyle Walker, free kick awarded.
    • 55:52 Clearance made by Etienne Capoue.
    • 55:50 The ball is crossed by Kieran Gibbs.
    • 55:29 Clearance by Jan Vertonghen.
    • 55:00 Strike comes in from Nacer Chadli from the free kick and misses left of the target.
    • 54:07 Booking
    • 54:07 Mathieu Flamini goes into the book.
    • 54:05 Unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Mathieu Flamini results in a free kick.
    • 51:20 The ball is sent over by Danny Rose.
    • 50:28 Mousa Dembele takes the free kick.
    • 50:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nacer Chadli by Mathieu Flamini.
    • 49:39 Clearance made by Olivier Giroud.
    • 49:16 Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
    • 48:50 Shot by Aaron Ramsey went wide of the right-hand post.
    • 48:36 Danny Rose manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:34 Santi Cazorla crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 48:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Walker on Aaron Ramsey.
    • 47:56 Clearance made by Santi Cazorla.
    • 47:17 Clearance made by Mathieu Flamini.
    • 47:16 Etienne Capoue makes a clearance.
    • 47:09 Joe Paulo Paulinho takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Aaron Ramsey gets a block in.
    • 46:53 Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.
    • 46:50 Corner from the right by-line taken by Kyle Walker.
    • 46:32 Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.
    • Correction - 46:31 Kyle Walker crosses the ball.
    • 46:31 The ball is swung over by Kyle Walker.
    • 46:23 Kieran Gibbs manages to make a clearance.
    • 46:20 Corner taken by Kyle Walker.
    • 45:58 Clearance by Mathieu Flamini.
    • Correction - 45:56 Joe Paulo Paulinho has an effort at goal. Mathieu Flamini gets a block in.
    • 45:56 Joe Paulo Paulinho has an effort at goal.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:05 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+0:17 Theo Walcott manages to make a clearance.
    • 44:19 Santi Cazorla takes the free kick.
    • 43:37 Foul by Kyle Walker on Mathieu Flamini, free kick awarded.
    • 42:57 Substitution Mathieu Flamini comes on in place of Jack Wilshere.
    • 41:29 Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
    • 41:28 Centre by Danny Rose.
    • 40:53 Free kick taken by Etienne Capoue.
    • 40:42 Foul by Aaron Ramsey on Mousa Dembele, free kick awarded.
    • 40:30 Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
    • 40:28 The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott.
    • 39:52 Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
    • 39:31 Andros Townsend has an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.
    • 38:53 Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
    • 38:27 Mousa Dembele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Gibbs.
    • 36:33 Etienne Capoue manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:48 Clearance made by Danny Rose.
    • 34:31 Santi Cazorla makes a clearance.
    • 33:52 Clearance made by Michael Dawson.
    • 33:51 The ball is swung over by Santi Cazorla.
    • 33:06 The ball is sent over by Danny Rose.
    • 32:43 Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:18 The referee books Tomas Rosicky for unsporting behaviour.
    • 32:18 Booking
    • 32:12 Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker.
    • 31:21 Joe Paulo Paulinho crosses the ball.
    • 31:21 Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
    • 30:59 Clearance by Kyle Walker.
    • 30:13 Aaron Ramsey takes a shot and cleared the bar.
    • 30:06 Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
    • 29:37 Joe Paulo Paulinho makes a clearance.
    • 29:23 Shot by Andros Townsend. A parry by Wojciech Szczesny prevents the goal.
    • 26:21 Wojciech Szczesny makes a clearance.
    • 25:58 Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 25:46 Shot by Theo Walcott. Hugo Lloris fumbles the ball.
    • 25:46 Theo Walcott has an effort at goal.
    • 24:16 Danny Rose makes a clearance.
    • 24:15 The ball is crossed by Santi Cazorla.
    • 22:13 Theo Walcott provided the assist for the goal.
    • 22:13 GOAL - Olivier GiroudArsenal 1 - 0 Tottenham Olivier Giroud slots the ball left footed into the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Spurs.
    • Correction - 22:10 Theo Walcott sends in a cross.
    • 22:10 Theo Walcott delivers the ball.
    • 20:05 Clearance made by Etienne Capoue.
    • Correction - 19:25 Clearance by Olivier Giroud.
    • 19:25 Clearance by Tomas Rosicky.
    • 19:23 Corner taken by Kyle Walker from the left by-line.
    • 18:46 Andros Townsend takes a fantastic shot. Jack Wilshere gets a block in.
    • 17:40 Danny Rose makes a clearance.
    • 16:11 Free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.
    • 15:54 Tomas Rosicky concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Paulo Paulinho.
    • 13:07 The ball is swung over by Roberto Soldado.
    • 12:22 Roberto Soldado takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Per Mertesacker.
    • 11:24 Clearance by Kyle Walker.
    • 10:44 The ball is crossed by Nacer Chadli.
    • 10:23 The ball is delivered by Nacer Chadli.
    • 9:55 Clearance made by Kieran Gibbs.
    • 9:43 Clearance by Carl Jenkinson.
    • 9:41 Clearance made by Carl Jenkinson.
    • 9:36 Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
    • 9:34 A cross is delivered by Nacer Chadli.
    • 9:31 Short corner worked by Nacer Chadli.
    • 9:16 Carl Jenkinson makes a clearance.
    • 9:15 Nacer Chadli produces a cross.
    • 8:45 Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:44 Danny Rose crosses the ball.
    • 7:39 Free kick taken by Carl Jenkinson.
    • 7:22 Carl Jenkinson fouled by Nacer Chadli, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 6:49 Header at goal by Olivier Giroud goes right of the post.
    • 5:47 Santi Cazorla takes a shot and went wide left of the net.
    • 5:07 Theo Walcott fouled by Mousa Dembele, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 4:10 Nacer Chadli makes a clearance.
    • 2:43 Header at goal by Olivier Giroud goes over the bar.
    • 2:39 Corner taken by Santi Cazorla.
    • 2:20 Shot comes in from Santi Cazorla from the free kick. Hugo Lloris parries the effort to safety.
    • 1:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Etienne Capoue on Tomas Rosicky.
    • 0:59 Clearance made by Carl Jenkinson.
    • 0:58 Corner taken by Kyle Walker from the right by-line.
    • 0:20 Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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