EPL: Wenger has last laugh

EPL: Wenger has last laugh

ARSENAL 1

(Olivier Giroud 23)

TOTTENHAM 0

If this really is the end of Arsene Wenger, it appears that someone forgot to give him the memo.

After all the comparisons between Tottenham Hotspur's summer trolley dash and Arsenal's frugality, the embattled Frenchman secured one of the most satisfying results of his career and, in doing so, alleviated the pressure he has worked under all summer.

Olivier Giroud, written off by some as a flop for a less-than-impressive first season, hit his third league goal in as many games midway through the first half, giving Arsenal an advantage that they refused to give up.

Tottenham started strongly, earning a corner in the first minute and dominating the midfield.

Paulinho and Etienne Capoue are as formidable a pairing as you'll find in this division.

Andre Villas-Boas had a plan - to target Carl Jenkinson, a late replacement for the unwell Bacary Sagna, with a series of aerial assaults.

The lifelong Gunner struggled against powerful wideman Nacer Chaldi.

Breakthrough

But after looking so uncomfortable in the opening exchanges, Arsenal broke the deadlock midway through the first half and never looked back.

Aaron Ramsey slipped the ball wide to Theo Walcott and his perfectly weighted low cross was smartly diverted home by Olivier Giroud.

In the stands, the home supporters exploded with jubilation.

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