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Goal scorer Martha Thomas told Sky: “It’s been a tough week but I think we really deserved that and we put in a performance we can be proud of… We know we can play against these teams and we proved that today.”

Tottenham only had only four shots, only two on target. Arsenal had 31 with eight on target. Arsenal should have won that match but the defence was perfect.

What it means:

This was Tottenham’s first clean sheet of the season. Spurs were absolutely huge in defence and Votikova has put her hand up for that first-choice keeper spot.

Here is the goal from Thomas, a lovely team goal. Zinsberger must have thought it was going wide but she will be disappointed with that:

The final play saw Zinsberger come up into the box too, Naz cleared the corner and Spurs broke to try and double their lead but Ayane was tackled in the box. But they won’t care, Tottenham have won in what will be one of the matches of the season.

Full-time! Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal

Tottenham have done it! Their first Women’s Super League win over their north London rivals. This is a huge upset and it stops Arsenal from going top of the WSL. Bartrip has been colossal in defence, Votikova incredible in goal. A statement performance and win.

90 + 11 min: Arsenal have a final chance as they have a corner with Neville seeing it out.

90 + 10 min: Cooney-Cross whips is in but James has a great goal line clearance. Catley then goes down in the box and wants a penalty but it isn’t given.

90 + 9 min: Tottenham are just minutes away from their first NLD win in the WSL. Spurs keeper Votikova has been named Player of the Match and just as that is announced Clinton gives away a free kick.

90 + 8 min: The delivery mimics the training pitch as it comes to the edge of the area but Neville manages to clear before they put a shot in.

90 + 7 min: Is anyone else’s heart beating really fast right now? I am so nervous, what a game this has been. Arsenal still have time to find an equaliser and they are threading together another attack. Lacasse wins a corner.

90 + 6 min: Bizet has signalled to the bench as she is injured and Ayane will join the game. Bizet has had a great game today and she is met with a huge applause as she comes off.

90 + 5 min: Tottenham are doing really well to keep defensively sound, they must be exhausted with all the chances they have faced this afternoon. Percival wins a free kick in her own half and so Spurs will be able to clear. Tottenham get it into the area but Bizet’s cross is blocked.

90 + 3 min: Arsenal have scored the most goals in added time this season, with five after the 90 minutes. They are looking to do so again with Russo crossing in but Miedema’s shot is over the bar.

90 + 1 min: It’s a good delivery but Bartrip heads away. Spurs look to counter but Percival can’t get on the end of a chance. There will be 11 minutes added.

90 min: Arsenal win a free kick in a great position, this could be it. The visitors make a change before the set piece is taken with McCabe off for Lacasse.

89 min: We maybe in the closing stages of this game but there will be lengthy time added on and so Spurs will have to hold on for a while yet. Arsenal on a long build-up here.

88 min: Arsenal are pressing for the equaliser and Miedema, who is playing her 100th WSL game, wins a corner. The ball is well delivered and Ilestedt gets a header to it again but it’s wide.

86 min: Tottenham have made a change with Thomas off for Percival. The game is now back underway.

85 min: Both teams have gathered and spoken to their managers during the break in play. The medical teams from both clubs are also helping the person in the crowd.

83 min: There is a medical emergency in the crowd and so there will be a lengthy delay here. We hope everyone is okay.

83 min: Miedema pops it in but it’s cleared again, it is all Arsenal at the moment but Spurs’ defence is holding strong. Arsenal fans want a penalty as Russo pops it in and Foord is challenged but referee Foster doesn’t give it.

81 min: Catley takes the corner and it almost finds Blackstenius but Spurs do enough to repel the change.

80 min: Spurs’ play out the back is very hit and miss today, it led to the goal but Arsenal are also winning a lot of balls high up. Arsenal make a change with Blackstenius on for Walti before a corner is taken.

80 min: Arsenal come again, they are quite literally throwing everything at this, and Cooney-Cross crosses in but Votikova is there to collect. A really good performance from the Spurs keeper who is keeping Becky Spencer on the bench.

78 min: Mead takes the corner again but it’s headed away easily, McCabe picks it up though and it’s popped into the box but Russo’s header is over the bar.

76 min: Arsenal win another corner with Neville seeing it out. Mead whips it in and it finds Ilestedt but her header is wide. Arsenal come again with Mead at the centre of all the action, she wins a corner.

74 min: It’s a good corner delivery but Clinton clears well. Arsenal have had 23 shots so far but have nothing to show for it.

73 min: No they can’t. Catley takes the set piece but Votikova comes out and collects. Arsenal come again and Russo almost gets on the end of a cross but Turner does enough to disrupt it, conceding another corner.

72 min: Clinton fouls McCabe and Arsenal have a free kick in a good position, can Arsenal find a goal here?

71 min: Russo crosses into the box, Clinton clears but it comes to Cooney-Cross whose shot is over the bar. Votikova gets a yellow card for time wasting, a cheer comes from the Arsenal fans as she’s shown it.

69 min: Thomas is staying on, she is clutching her side though. Arsenal have won the ball back and are being patient over finding their equaliser.

68 min: Thomas is down receiving some treatment, hopefully she is okay to continue. She is initally back to her feet but goes down again, meaning Naz’ latest attack is a solo one.

66 min: Bartrip takes the set piece but Wubben-Moy heads away, Neville puts it back in but it’s out for a goal kick. Arsenal make two changes with Miedema and Cooney-Cross on for Pelova and Maanum. Pelova is an interesting call, I thought she was having a great game.

64 min: A reminder that this would be Tottenham first ever league win over Arsenal. The Gunners will throw everything at this to make sure they don’t get it over the line and Maanum takes a shot to try and equalise but Bartrip blocks. Spurs look to break through Thomas and she wins a free kick, Wubben-Moy earning a yellow card for the foul

62 min: This stadium has come to life but it’s Arsenal voices that can be heard, urging their team to find an equaliser. I am actually stunned by this score. Arsenal have a corner but it’s initially cleared, Pelova puts back in and Russo takes a good shot but Votikova saves well. If Spurs pull this off it will be one of the upsets of the season.

60 min: A lovely team goal there, they built from deep and Bizet gets into the area. She lays it off to Thomas and Zinsberger doesn’t even move to save it.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal (Thomas, 58′)

OH MY WORD! Thomas scores.

Martha Thomas scores
Martha Thomas nips in to give Spurs the lead! Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Getty Images

58 min: Pelova is just so good isn’t she? She puts in a pinpoint pass to Mead but her shot is blocked well. Arsenal come again with Maanum taking a shot and it is just a whisker over the bar. I don’t see this one ending 0-0.

56 min: Arsenal’s sold-out away end urges McCabe to shoot from distance and she does so, Votikova saves well. James collides with her own keeper but she is okay to continue. Spurs are sloppy as they look to exit and Arsenal pounce, Maanum takes a shot but there’s another great save.

54 min: James reads Arsenal’s play well in the box as she intercepts the final pass, it does feel like an Arsenal goal is coming though. The Gunners come again but Maanum’s shot is weak, she slipped as she takes it and accidentally takes out Graham. She is okay to continue.

52 min: How has Russo not scored there? Mead is fed the ball and she picks out a lovely pass to find Russo but her header is wide.

Alessia Russo goes close with a header.
Alessia Russo goes close with a header. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images/Reuters

50 min: After some good play from Tottenham, Arsenal thread some passes together. Maanum takes a shot but Votikova makes a good save, conceding a corner. Mead takes the set piece and pass to McCabe whose long range effort is over the bar.

49 min: James threads a lovely ball to Naz but she mistimes her run and is offside.

47 min: England’s minutes may also be being managed as she is returning from a hip injury. Remember Naz scored twice against Arsenal mid-week so she could cause them more problems this afternoon.

Back underway! Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

We are back underway. Can Tottenham beat Arsenal for the first time ever in the WSL? Or will Arsenal collect all three points away from home? All to play for in this second half. Tottenham have made a change with England off for Naz, she did take a knock to the head in the first half which could be why she’s been subbed.

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Something to note, if Katie McCabe gets a yellow card she will miss Arsenal’s next match as she has already been given four yellows this season.

Half-time! Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

Arsenal have had the lion share of the chances, coming close through Caitlin Foord and Victoria Pelova. But Tottenham’s defence has been well drilled and Votikova has put in some good saves to frustrate the visitors. A draw would see Arsenal top of the table but only a point ahead of Chelsea.

45 + 1 min: There will be three minutes added.

45 min: Arsenal win a corner and Mead passes to Pelova, she puts a shot in and it’s another good save from the keeper.

44 min: Catley plays the corner short and it comes in but Spurs clear.

43 min: What a save from Votikova! Arsenal have a great build-up and no one forces a shot, Russo lays it off to Maanum who’s shot is powerful but the keeper pushes clear for a corner.

42 min: Arsenal put together a really nice move, and they do it quickly and so Spurs can’t set defensively. Foord is threaded the ball but her shot is over the bar.

40 min: Spurs come again, it’s popped into the area and it tries to find Bizet but Wubben-Moy sees it out for a throw in. It comes back in but Wubben-Moy clears once more. The defender has had a great season for Arsenal, a starting England shirt should be heading her way.

38 min: Tottenham break through Bizet, she is swarmed and so decides to take the shot herself and it’s just over the bar. A good attempt considering she had three Arsenal players around her.

36 min: Clinton gives away a free kick which Arsenal take quickly by halfway and eventually they find Russo but she is dispossessed. The ball exchanges hands and it comes back to Russo but Neville does really well to marshal it out for a goal kick.





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