Vieira, Wright & more: Twitter reacts as Tottenham punish sorry Arsenal

Vincent Kompany, Patrick Vieira and Ian Wright all tweet their thoughts after Tottenham edge to a 2-1 victory over Arsenal

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale scored his fifth goal against Arsenal on Sunday Photo: Twitter/Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur moved two points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

First-half goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey swung the north London derby and the race for Champions League football in the home side’s favour, with Per Mertesacker scoring after the interval.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order, to what could be a decisive match in the race for a top-four finish.

Former Middlesbrough midfielder Gaizka Mendieta (‏@GaizkaMendieta6) gives the north London derby the necessary billing: “Great Derby today with @SpursOfficial & @Arsenal fighting for CL places! @19SCazorla @m8arteta & Co v @GarethBale11 & Co. #NorthLondonDerby”

Ex-Leicester City star Robbie Savage ‏(@RobbieSavage8) is aggravated by the protestations of players: “Why do players say to the ref ‘first one’ when they are going to get booked, a yellow card is a yellow card whether it’s the first, second or third foul!”

Swansea midfielder Wayne Routledge (‏@WayneRoutledge) appreciates the beauty of Tottenham’s opener: “Great pass… great finish…”

Tottenham legend Gary Lineker (‏@GaryLineker) silences Bale’s critics: “A word of advice to all those of you that have hammered Bale’s performance in this game: best to wait in future!”

Speaking of hammering performances, celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (‏@piersmorgan) is livid at Wenger’s decision: “They kept Bale, we sold Van Persie. They’ll qualify for Champions League, we won’t. Great business Arsene. #SellingClub”

Former Ipswich midfielder Matt Holland (‏@mattholland8) praises the officials: “Brilliant call from the linesman! But both defences playing too high. 1-0 #bale – make that 2-0 #lennon!”

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand ‏(@rioferdy5) will have nightmares about both sides’ defending: “What a ball by Sigurdsson, Bale sublime….suicide football so far from both sides on a number of occasions. Lennon great finish.”

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore (‏@StanCollymore) gets a bit biblical: “The parting of the Red Sea. Twice.”

Ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Jan Aage Fjortoft ‏(@JanAageFjortoft) is flabbergasted by Arsenal’s defending: “Great credit to the linesman. No offside. Taxi for Arsenal’s defenders. That Bale and Lennon will try to run; is that a surprise? Preparation?”

Arsenal fan and comedian Jack Whitehall (‏@jackwhitehall) has a solution at half-time: “Arsenal should bring on Steve Bould give them some valuable pace at the back.”

While Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter ‏(@IanJamesPoulter) would dearly love to see Lee Dixon back in the Gunners defence: “What’s this back four like @LeeDixon2? Not what it was for all those years. #Solid. Looks more like jelly.”

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira (‏@OfficialVieira) clearly shows he still cares despite his current association with Manchester City: “It’s a disaster…all Spurs in the first half. Hopefully they won’t keep the same intensity in the second half. #arsenal”

Gunners youth star Craig Eastmond ‏(@craigleastmond__) celebrates Per Mertesacker’s leveller: “Game on!”

Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor ‏(@IanTaylor7) senses a Gunners revival: “Mmmm….game on me thinks!!! Odds for an #arsenal win??? Someone tell me!! #comeback”

United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) is impressed by Tottenham’s shot-stopper Hugo Lloris: “The more I watch Lloris, the more I like him.”

Gunners legend Ian Wright (‏@IanWright0) is amused how Spurs actually expect Arsenal to put the ball out for Adebayor: “Yeah, we are really going to put the ball out for ADEBAYOR!”

Ex-Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel (‏@JUANPABLOANGEL) wonders if Spurs will rue their missed chances: “#Spurs with two great chances to finish of the game, we’ll see if it doesn’t cost them at the end!”

City captain Vincent Kompany (‏@VincentKompany) is concerned for his international team-mate: “Really hoping that Dembele’s injury isn’t bad. Important player for Tottenham but also for our national team. #Belgium.”

Finally, Dietmar Hamann ‏(@DietmarHamann) says there is one world-class player in north London: “Great win for Spurs. Arsenal simply not good enough. I’ve not seen Wilshere all game. Apparently he’s world class. Give the boy time. I’ve seen one world-class player today. He had an average game and still had an impact on the game, that’s called world class. It’s Gareth Bale.”

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