Arsenal beat Tottenham in north London derby

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended Theo Walcott for making a 'non-offensive' gesture towards Tottenham supporters.

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Sherwood stands by tactics despite Spurs loss

Tim Sherwood has defended his tactics after watching his Tottenham team suffer a damaging 2-0 defeat to bitter north London rivals Arsenal.

Sherwood suffered his first loss since being appointed as permanent manager thanks to goals from Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky at the Emirates Stadium.

When asked whether he thought he should have played more midfielders to match Wenger's line-up, the Tottenham boss said:

"No. They outnumbered us in the middle of the park but we outnumbered them out wide. They can't have it all ways. I think we were fine.

"We didn't lose the game because we were outnumbered in the middle of the pitch.

"A lot is made of systems - 4-4-2, 4-3-3 or whatever you want to call it...

"It's about passing the ball to your own team and keeping hold of it because when you lose the ball you are always going to be out of shape - otherwise you are going to be a rigid, boring team."

– Tim Sherwood, Tottenham manager

Arsene Wenger defends Walcott's 'non-offensive' gesture

senal's Theo Walcott taunts Tottenham Hotspur fans with the current match score as he is stretchered off the pitch injured. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended Theo Walcott for making a 'non-offensive' gesture towards Tottenham supporters.

It was after the England forward was pelted with missiles as he was carried off towards the end of the 2-0 FA Cup third-round tie at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners booked their place in the fourth round draw after Santi Cazorla drilled in a fine opening goal on 31 minutes, before Tomas Rosicky doubled the lead on the hour with a well-taken finish after robbing Danny Rose on the halfway line and sprinting clear.

There was, however, a controversial end to what had been a fiercely contested north London derby when Walcott was taken off on a stretcher with a knee injury.

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