Tottenham vs. Arsenal: Half-time score 2-0, Bale and Lennon leave Arsenal in danger

Arsenal are staring down the barrel at half-time at White Hart Lane as goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon gave Tottenham Hotspur a 2-0 lead at the break.

Although the play had been relatively even, the Spurs goals had been coming as a combination of a high Arsenal backline and a lack of pressure on Spurs' midfield allowed the pace of Bale and Lennon to be used to full effect.

The first clear chance of the game fell to the visitors, with Olivier Giroud being played in with a fine ball over the top, but the Frenchman was hesitant in front of goal and Jan Vertonghen was able to get back to make the challenge. It was an end-to-end encounter, with Bale and Theo Walcott both providing danger down the flanks, and the latter almost had a good opportunity after being played in with a clever ball from Santi Cazorla, but the Spurs defence stood firm once again.

Spurs were fortunate to see Emmanuel Adebayor stay on the pitch, however - after first being booked for a terrible challenge which could easily have been a red, he then appeared to go over easily in the area with what could certainly have gone down as a dive. No penalty was awarded, but fortunately for the hosts, the striker did not get an early bath for his pains either.

Arsenal had an early warning of the danger to come when Gylfi Sigurdsson got in between midfield and defence and was permitted time to play a pass for Gareth Bale in the area, but the Welshman could not quite latch onto it. The warning went unheeded for Arsenal, however, because on 37 minutes, an almost carbon copy of the move occurred, except Bale did manage to bring it under his spell, finishing unerringly past Wojciech Szczesny to continue his goalscoing form and sent White Hart Lane wild with delight.

Incredibly, Arsenal still failed to heed the lesson, and Scott Parker of all people was given freedom outside the penalty area to slide a pass into the area just two minutes later to find Aaron Lennon's run, the winger easily escaping the Gunners' back four and having time to glide past Szczesny and tap his finish into an open goal - a stunning double salvo that left Arsenal rocking.

There is much to ponder for Wenger at half-time, but at the moment, things are looking bleak.

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