Gareth Bale maintained his exhilirating run of scoring form to set Tottenham on its way to a 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday, opening up a seven-point gap between the north London rivals in the race for Champions League qualification.
Bale - with his 10th goal in his past eight games - and fellow winger Aaron Lennon scored in a three-minute span at the end of the first half, proving enough to keep Spurs in third place with 10 games left.
Per Mertesacker's 51st-minute header that deflected in off Bale gave Arsenal hope of a third straight comeback from 2-0 down in a typically absorbing and frantic derby. But the visitors couldn't avoid a costly loss that dents their chances of playing in the Champions League for a 16th straight season under Arsene Wenger.
Bale is virtually carrying Tottenham back into Europe's top competition on his own, with his latest strike buttressing his strong chances of winning English football's Player of the Year award. It also ensured he equaled the club ...