Tottenham v Arsenal: Toby Alderweireld confident of win to pressure Chelsea

Hazel Gray
May 11, 2017

Christian Eriksen believes Tottenham Hotspur "showed a lot of maturity" in Wednesday's victory over Crystal Palace.

The Denmark worldwide struck with a long-range drive 12 minutes from time to settle a tense game and move Spurs back to within four points of leaders Chelsea.

It was a tense match for the fans as they knew that only a win would keep pressure on leaders Chelsea, who had a seven-point advantage before kickoff.

They have to be wary, however, because there is nothing that the Gunners would like more than to dent the Lilywhites' title hopes on their own patch, by taking all three points with them back to the Emirates.

"We showed great character and personality after a very disappointing weekend".

'It was a very tough game and we fought well, the whole team, the subs as well, ' Eriksen said.

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Substitutes: Heung-Min Son (for Dembele, 46) 6, Moussa Sissoko (for Wanyama, 46) 6, Kieran Trippier (for Alli, 90) 5.

Dele Alli should have put Spurs ahead when he met Kyle Walker's cross three yards out, only to side-foot his effort wide.

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane and Ben Davies celebrate after the match.

But they are significantly better off than Sunderland, who are six points further adrift with just a single game in hand.

'Everyone dug in and luckily we took the chance we had. "In the second half we were not able to challenge Tottenham as much as in the first half". We needed to do something different to try to find the way to create chances, to dominate and win the game and it worked well.

"The lads gave everything, it wasn't quite good enough in the end but it was a terrific performance".

Allardyce retains hopes that on-loan defender Mamadou Sakho could play again this season, having suffered a knee injury against Spurs.

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