Arsenal kept themselves in strong contention for the Premier League title as Tomas Rosicky's early goal secured victory at rivals Tottenham.

Rosicky rifled in a sublime angled drive just minutes into the game after leading a swift break for the visitors.

Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor flicked a shot just wide in the first half, and they dominated after the break.

Nacer Chadli's low shot was blocked on the line and Adebayor headed narrowly off target, but Arsenal held on.

The win means Arsenal are third in the standings but crucially now just four points off leaders Chelsea, who lost 1-0 to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Arsenal, who head to Chelsea next Saturday in manager Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge, have a game in hand on the table toppers.

Top-four chances not great - Sherwood

Tottenham remain in fifth but the defeat dented their chances of finishing in the top four this season. They trail fourth-placed Manchester City by seven points.

Spurs manager Tim Sherwood struggled to contain his emotions on the sidelines at times, as the result added to what has been a testing week.

They lost 4-0 to Chelsea last weekend, prompting Sherwood to accuse his players of "lacking guts and character" before suffering a damaging 3-1 loss at home to Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday.

Arsenal, though, were not without their own troubles heading into the game. They were looking to avoid back-to-back Premier League defeats and are also having to deal with a lengthy injury list, which was added to by Mesut Ozil's hamstring injury in the 1-1 Champions League draw at Bayern Munich in midweek.

With midfielders Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines along with forward Theo Walcott, Arsenal fans might have been concerned about where their creativity would come from, but those fears were allayed just two minutes into this game.

Laurent Koscielny,

Laurent Koscielny made a block on the line from Nacer Chadli's shot after Wojciech Szczesny's error

The Gunners broke down the right, Rosicky found Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and, although the England international mis-controlled the ball just inside the area, it squirmed out to Rosicky, whose sweetly struck first-time effort flew into the far corner.

A decent spell of Tottenham possession ensued, but their high defensive line left them exposed to Arsenal counter attacks.

That proved the case midway through the half when Oxlade-Chamberlain skipped away from Nabil Bentaleb's attempted challenge on the halfway line but he flicked his shot wide with just Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris to beat.

Arsenal pile on the pressure

  • Tottenham have lost three of their last four matches in the Premier League, scoring just once in the process

Former Gunner Adebayor was largely isolated in the first half but his first sight of goal almost resulted in the equaliser when Andros Townsend and Kyle Naughton combined on the right and the latter crossed for the striker inside the area, but his first-time shot flew just wide of the far post.

The home side were presented a golden chance to equalise soon after the restart when Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny pawed at a cross, pushing it on to Chadli, who was unable to find a way past defender Laurent Koscielny, who had positioned himself on the line.

It was a chance that should have been finished but it sparked another spell of dominance for the home side.

A Chadli shot flew wide of goal as Tottenham pressed, before Adebayor headed wide and then saw a long-range strike held by Szczesny as Arsenal defended well to take the three points.

Tottenham reaction:

I need patience from Spurs to succeed - Sherwood

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

Win down to resilience - Wenger

"Tottenham played very well. We had an early lead and we were juggling between protecting the lead and finishing the game off. We absorbed a lot of pressure from Tottenham, they gave everything and we needed a special resilience and good defensive performance.

"It was an unbelievable start with Tomas Rosicky's goal coming from nowhere. Tottenham put the effort in and had the quality to go forward but I don't feel they had a lot of clear-cut chances.

"It was a must-win game. We maintained the focus to not make the mistake that would cost us."

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Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 16 Naughton
  • 03 Rose Booked
  • 30 Sandro Booked (Paulinho - 68' )
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 05 Vertonghen Booked
  • 17 Townsend
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 10 Adebayor
  • 21 Chadli Booked (Sigurdsson - 69' )
  • 23 Eriksen (Soldado - 82' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 02 Walker
  • 07 Lennon
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 09 Soldado
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 24 Friedel
  • 37 Kane

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 03 Sagna Booked
  • 28 Gibbs Booked
  • 08 Arteta
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 07 Rosicky (Flamini - 69' Booked )
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Vermaelen - 85' )
  • 12 Giroud
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 09 Podolski (Monreal - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 17 Monreal
  • 20 Flamini
  • 21 Fabianski
  • 22 Sanogo
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 44 Gnabry
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 35,711

Match Stats

Shots

17 7

On target

2 3

Corners

5 2

Fouls

18 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Arsenal 1.

90:00 +4:42 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Arsenal 1.

90:00 +4:19 Booking

Booking Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +4:11

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +4:11

Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:00

Foul by Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +3:00

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:40

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:40

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

90:00 +2:11 Booking

Booking Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:54

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +1:54

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:08

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mathieu Flamini.

89:50

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:50

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

89:06

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

89:06

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:40

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

87:54

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

87:54

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:05

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

86:05

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:54

Attempt blocked. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:42

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Thomas Vermaelen replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

81:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Christian Eriksen.

79:31 Booking

Booking Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79:24

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:24

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

78:39

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur).

78:39

Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:38

Attempt saved. Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Laurent Koscielny.

77:06

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

77:06

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal replaces Lukas Podolski.

75:18 Booking

Booking Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:16

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

75:16

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:44

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

71:44

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:54

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

70:54

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Tomas Rosicky.

68:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Nacer Chadli.

67:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho replaces Sandro.

66:46

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

66:44

Attempt blocked. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) with an attempt from outside the box is blocked.

66:15

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

65:50

Attempt blocked. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

65:06

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

63:56

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb with a cross.

63:50

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Younes Kaboul.

60:51

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:51

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

59:07

Offside, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but Lukas Podolski is caught offside.

56:22

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

55:12

Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:12

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

54:20

Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Naughton with a cross.

50:21

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

50:21

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:22

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

49:21

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

47:42 Booking

Booking Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:31

Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

47:31

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:22

Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:24

Hand ball by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:00

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 0, Arsenal 1.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Arsenal 1.

45:00 +0:08 Booking

Booking Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:57

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:57

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

44:41

Attempt blocked. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:20

Offside, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

40:30

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

39:57

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

38:08

Offside, Arsenal. Lukas Podolski tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

37:11

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:11

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

35:11

Attempt missed. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

34:17

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

34:17

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:06 Booking

Booking Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:57

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

31:57

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:08

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

31:08

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:34

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

28:32

Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:32

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

26:32

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sandro.

26:29

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lukas Podolski following a fast break.

24:23

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Sandro tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

22:50

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

22:14

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

21:36 Booking

Booking Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:07

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:07

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

19:10

Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb.

18:16

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Rose.

16:02

Attempt missed. Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a set piece situation.

15:50

Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:50

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

14:52

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

13:10

Offside, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but Lukas Podolski is caught offside.

6:17

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

6:17

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:45

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:45

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

5:26

Attempt blocked. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

3:30

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, Arsenal 1. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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