Cheers of jubilation turned to tears of despair for Tottenham players and supporters alike as they realised that, once again, they had missed out on Champions League football, at the hands of their bitter rivals Arsenal.
Gareth Bale scored another stunning goal late on to secure a one nil win over Sunderland, but it was not enough for Spurs following Arsenal’s victory against Newcastle by the same score.
The result means that the The Gunners who secured Champions League football, whilst Spurs will have to make do with the Europa League.
Spurs went into their game against Sunderland with their fate out of their control. They needed a victory, but had to rely on their North London rivals dropping points away to Newcastle. Arsenal however knew that all they needed was a victory, and they would once again be among the European elite next season.
For a long time Spurs fans believed that Arsenal were indeed losing, so when Gareth Bale smashed home the winner late on they erupted into delirium. However they then realised that they had been misinformed and Arsenal had secured the victory.
Meanwhile at St James Park, Arsenal were meandering through the latter stages of their game; hanging on the lead given to them through Laurent Koscielny. The anxiety was apparent when news of Gareth Bale’s goal broke through amongst the Arsenal supporters.
However it proved irrelevant in the end, as Arsenal held on for the three points which confirmed their place in the top four.
The Gunners have now had Champions League football for seventeen consecutive years, whilst Spurs miss out for the second year running.
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