Tottenham Beats Arsenal 2-1 in League; Chelsea, Fulham Win

Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur
Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur scores his side's second goal past Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Oct. 2, 2011 in London. Photographer:Julian Finney/Getty Images

Kyle Walker scored his first goal for Tottenham to secure a 2-1 win against Arsenal in yesterday’s north London derby. Chelsea climbed to third in soccer’s Premier League with a 5-1 victory at Bolton.

Walker got the winning goal at White Hart Lane after 73 minutes as Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny failed to stop his long-range shot. Rafael van der Vaart also scored for the hosts, with Aaron Ramsey getting Arsenal’s goal.

“I’ve just picked up the ball and hit it,” Walker told Sky Sports. “I thought, ‘Why not have a go?’”

Arsenal has now lost four of its seven league games this season and lies 15th in the 20-team standings. Tottenham is sixth. Manchester United tops the league with 19 points, ahead of Manchester City on goal difference, with Chelsea on 16 and Newcastle 15.

Elsewhere, Fulham thrashed Queens Park Rangers 6-0 and Swansea beat Stoke City 2-0.

Tottenham had several early chances, including Jermain Defoe heading over the bar and Scott Parker being denied by Szczesny within the opening 10 minutes.

The Gunners then came close as a low shot by Theo Walcott was deflected just wide.

Van der Vaart hit the ball straight at Szczesny in the 29th minute after collecting a pass from Defoe, then seconds later at the other end Gervinho fired wide with goalkeeper Brad Friedel out of position.

Tottenham Strike

Spurs took the lead after 40 minutes. Emmanuel Adebayor hit a long pass across the penalty area, which Van der Vaart controlled before striking into the net. Arsenal appealed that the Netherlands midfielder had used his arm.

Gareth Bale came close to doubling Tottenham’s lead before halftime with a long-range shot that curled wide. He had another good effort just after halftime but Arsenal leveled when Ramsey scored after 51 minutes.

Six minutes later, former Arsenal striker Adebayor should have got a goal when set up by Defoe, but with only Szczesny to beat hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Walker secured the three points for Spurs as he collected the ball about 30 yards out and struck a low shot that curled away from the diving Szczesny.

Tottenham looked the most likely to score again but Szczesny turned away a Defoe shot after Bale had launched a quick breakaway.

At the Reebok Stadium, Frank Lampard got a hat-trick for Chelsea, with Daniel Sturridge adding two goals. Dedryck Boyata replied for the home team, which remains last in the table after its sixth defeat.

Chelsea Dominant

Chelsea was 4-0 up after only 27 minutes. Sturridge’s opener came in the second minute, heading in from a corner by Juan Mata.

Lampard doubled the visitor’s lead on 15 minutes after being set up by Sturridge and both players scored again during the half following mistakes by goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Bolton struck in the opening minute of the second half but any hopes of a comeback were ended when Lampard clinched his hat-trick on 59 minutes.

Fulham ended its search for a first league win of the season, with Andy Johnson scoring a hat-trick at Craven Cottage. Danny Murphy, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora also got goals.

Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham were the Swansea scorers at the Liberty Stadium.

Two days ago, Manchester United beat Norwich 2-0, Manchester City won 4-0 at Blackburn and Newcastle defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1.

Liverpool won 2-0 against 10-man Everton, Aston Villa beat Wigan 2-0, while Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion drew 2-2.