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The North London Derby: Match Report

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This game was over by the 58th, but we all kept watching.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Well, there’s the nail in the coffin.

In a span of three minutes, Arsenal went from ending Tottenham’s title challenge to the same old chaos we’ve all gotten used to this season.

Dele Alli scored the first, after a scrum on the right side of Arsenal’s goal cause Petr Čech to come slightly off his line. A deflection fell to Alli and he slotted home easily. What felt like seconds later, Harry Kane broke through on goal and was woefully brought down by Gabriel.

Bottom right corner, 2-0. Game over. To add insult to injury, this result mathematically eliminated the chance that Arsenal would finish over Tottenham for the 22nd year in a row. RIP St. Totteringham’s Day.

As I am only 21 years old, this is a first for me, so I’m going to look to some of the more senior members on staff for emotional support during these trying times. (looking at you, pdb)

The Gunners had a few good chances in the first half, including a curler from Aaron Ramsey that almost snuck in through traffic. But it was Tottenham that sorely missed their best chances in the first 45 minutes. Dele Alli was the first to head wide-left of the goal after a deflected cross came in. Christian Eriksen was next, as he missed the open net by clanging one off the bar.

*sigh* — there’s always next season?