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By Tom Rostance
2204: Well that's it for another day in the Premier League. I'm off for a good lie down and a belated Christmas break - make sure you get yourself on board with Chris Bevan on Friday for Liverpool v Newcastle. Cheers.
FULL-TIME Norwich 0-2 Tottenham Mike Henson reports: "Fleet-footed, jet-heeled, all-singing, all-dancing left-sided speedster Gareth Bale skins the Canaries with Tottenham also in a hurry as they press on up the table."
FULL-TIME Swansea 1-1 QPR Aled Williams reports: "A point each is on reflection a fair result for the two promoted sides, although QPR were arguably the better side in the second half. The visitors will be unhappy with Danny Graham's goal while Swansea will feel they deserved a second-half penalty when Graham fell under the challenge of Armand Traore. Plenty of post-match talking points for Messrs Rodgers and Warnock."
FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-1 Wolves Becky Ashton reports: "Arsenal will be ruing their missed opportunities as they failed to move into the top four but full credit has to go to Wolves and their goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in particular, who kept the home side at bay despite wave after wave of Arsenal pressure."
2158: Three games today then, one win and two draws, and several frustrated managers. Here's how it all went down...
2157: Norwich manager Paul Lambert: "You look at Spurs and what they have done and what we have done, and the gulf is massive. But we gave it everything we had."
Rio Ferdinand on Twitter:
"Bale better than Giggs? are you mad? Quality but he has many yrs to go... and many a trophy to win first."
2148: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: "A good result for us - when you are up there you have to keep picking up results. We kept the ball well and passed it great. Gareth Bale is an amazing player. I told him and Rafael van der Vaart to play where they wanted, gave them a licence to join Emmanuel Adebayor. When Gareth turns and runs at you he is unplayable. Winning the title is not impossible - that is all I have ever said, Man Utd and Man City look so strong but we are up there and need to keep picking up points."
2145: The good thing about this time of year is - forgetting your goodwill to all men and plenty of decent grub - the amount of football. We've only got to wait until Friday for Liverpool v Newcastle, and then there are Premier League games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Gorge yourself on that lot.
2140: But that new year brings its own set of issues for Spurs. How's this for a run of games from the end of January into February and March: Man City (a), Wigan (h), Liverpool (a), Newcastle (h), Arsenal (a) Man Utd (h). That there is where their race will be won you feel.
2136: Tottenham's aim is to finish in the top four then, and that win sees them go five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal with a game in hand. A very decent margin to have going into the new year.
2132: Spurs winger Gareth Bale: "You have to keep grinding out chances and hope one will come for you and it did. We learned a lot from being in the Champions League and I'm improving all the time. It was a great few days for us, we've took advantage of other teams dropping points. Our main objective is to get back into the Champions League."
Norwich fan on text: "That's the best side to visit Carrow Road since...Colchester two years ago! I really do mean that as a compliment."
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Tottenham have won more points (38) from their last 15 #EPL matches than Man City and Man United from theirs (both 36)."
2125: So a very profitable few days for Harry Redknapp and his side, who are one of only three teams to pick up three points. It's not a disaster for the Canaries though, who stuck at it manfully and remain in 11th place.
2125: FULL-TIME Norwich 0-2 Tottenham
Anonymous on text: "I've been impressed by Norwich this season. If you are a newly promoted team you have to attack and go for the 3 points in your home games or you will go down. That's why Norwich are 11th and teams like Wolves and Bolton are languishing at the foot of the table."
2120: Next up, Spurs go to Swansea on New Year's Eve, while Norwich are at home again, against Fulham. Russell Martin heads one wide for Norwich who are still pushing on for a goal.
2117: Norwich are still going for it as we approach the last minute. Both sides deserve a lot of credit here for this evening's showing. It's been all-out attack all night.
2114: Niko Kranjcar comes on for the last five minutes for Spurs. He doesn't look overly interested, but pulls out a gem of a first touch before fizzing a pass 40 yards across the field. Classy.
2112: Emmanuel Adebayor - whose hamstrings look in fine fettle now - picks a cross out of the sky and finds Luka Modric in the penalty area, but his low shot is easily dealt with by John Ruddy.
2107: Norwich are now having a spell of pressure but Spurs soaking it up with ease. Luckily for Tottenham they have not a bad outlet in Gareth Bale.
2105: I've really upset the grammar police here with my use of 'took' over 'taken' earlier on. I blame Gareth Bale as he was in the middle of scoring as I was typing.
Anonymous on text: "Gareth Bale runs faster than I can drive."
Lee, a happy Spurs fan, on text: "I may be biased as I am a Spurs fan, but I really think we are title challengers. I dunno whether City will drop off or Utd, but we will be there or thereabouts come April. Definitely see top three on the cards but with the squad we have, a title challenge is genuine! COYS"
BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at Carrow Road: "You can't see how Norwich can penetrate this Tottenham backline. Grant Holt and Steve Morison don't offer anything different from each other. They haven't been given much support to be honest, but they need to do more defensively to keep the Spurs full-backs penned in."
2058: I felt sorry for Zak Whitbread trying to get across there, that must be what I look like at 5-a-side on a Monday evening. Treading water.
Spurs goal: This is just outrageous, frightening pace. Spurs break again and play it to Gareth Bale in the centre circle, he sets his sights on goal and just burns away through the heart of the pitch. Zak Whitbread tries to get across to cover but has no chance. No chance. Bale then applies the deftest of chips to clip it over the head of John Ruddy. A marvellous goal.
2056: GOALFLASH Norwich 0-2 Tottenham (Gareth Bale)
2055: Emmanuel Adebayor strikes the ball home - but he's offside. Spurs have been hugely impressive in this half, they've really taken control of the game.
2052: Should Tottenham pick up all three points, they will be seven points off the top spot with a game in hand. Title challengers?
2051: Another crisp passing move from Spurs ends with Kyle Walker blazing wildly over at the far post. More shooting training for Mr. Walker I think - he's had two frantic efforts over the bar.
BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at Carrow Road: "I think someone like Simeon Jackson, who can live off his pace, would pose more problems for the Tottenham backline."
2048: From good feet from Emmanuel Adebayor, to bad hamstrings for the big man. He pulls up running down a ball in midfield and hits the ground. Mind you, he's soon back up and jogging away. Maybe a false alarm. I'll keep an eye on him.
Jake Andrew on Twitter:
"Like Man City's game yesterday, this is the kind of game Spurs need to win to show how serious title challengers they could be."
Spurs goal: He's looked the most likely all evening, and it's Gareth Bale who does provide the breakthrough. But he owes it all to great feet from Emmanuel Adebayor, who controls a pass with his back to goal, manages to protect it from three converging defenders before teeing up Bale on the penalty spot. Bale drills it right through John Ruddy in the goal. Lovely stuff.
2044: GOALFLASH Norwich 0-1 Tottenham (Gareth Bale)
2041: William Gallas is booked for a cynical trip on Andrew Surman right on the edge of the area, and Surman sends the free-kick just past the post. Close call for Spurs.
2040: Spurs set up camp on the edge of the Norwich box but they can't quite pick the lock. Eventually the ball finds Kyle Walker on the right but his cross is well claimed by John Ruddy.
2037: Steve Morison is the first to threaten again but his shot is charged down. Grant Holt then breaks down a promising move with a bad touch. Promising start to the half though.
2034: We are off for the second half at Carrow Road. Both sides unchanged.
2027: As it stands, Manchester United and Newcastle are the only teams to have won a game in this round of fixtures. That must be a record. I know it's hammered my predicitions league I do with my mates. Is there no such thing as a 'home banker' anymore?
2022: Come on Norwich and Spurs - we don't want another draw. Do we?
Dave from London on text: "3 most attractive teams to watch so far this season 1 Spurs 2 Man City 3 Arsenal. 3 most unattractive 1 Stoke 2 Wolves 3 Sunderland."
Norwich 0-0 Tottenham Mike Henson's HT snapshot: "Spurs are slowly turning the screw on the Canaries with Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric lurking menacingly behind Emmanuel Adebayor. Younes Kaboul is edging the aerial battle against Grant Holt and Steve Morison at the other end."
BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at Carrow Road: "Norwich can't keep chasing the ball. They have to get a breather somewhere."
2018: HALF-TIME Norwich 0-0 Tottenham
2015: Big let-off for Norwich as William Gallas is tripped in the box by Steve Morison as a free-kick comes in. Gallas goes to ground but the offence goes unseen. Paul Lambert looks a relieved man.
BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at Carrow Road: "I think Emmanuel Adebayor thinks he is wearing an invisibility coat! Every time John Ruddy claims the ball he tries to hide behind him and catch him out."
2006: Anything Spurs can do, Norwich can do better (well, not really). But a great move from Norwich as Grant Holt steps over a through ball, Andrew Surman spreads it to Steve Morison who shoots wide. Breathless stuff in Norfolk. Rafael van der Vaart then thumps one into the side-netting. Surely a goal is on the cards?
2005: That is fantastic from Spurs as they break quickly. Luka Modric plays the ball through to Gareth Bale and his powerful drive is parried out by John Ruddy. Fine play.
2002: There he is! Gareth Bale is onto a bad touch from Russell Martin in a flash and bursts in on goal but he shoots over. Rafael van der Vaart then plays in Emmanuel Adebayor with a peach of a pass but John Ruddy does enough to shepherd him out. Spurs hammering on the door now.
2000: Half an hour in and we've still no goals here, though there is definitely more progressive football on show than last night at Stoke. We could do with a goal before the break though to be honest. Gareth Bale looks the man.
1957: This is better from Norwich as first Grant Holt and then Steve Morison bully their way into dangerous areas but are unable to find a killer ball. The direct route looks the best one for Norwich. Straight back at the other end, and Gareth Bale has a shot deflected wide.
1954: Kyle Walker sends in a fine cross but Norwich defender Russell Martin scrabbles back to make a headed clearance. Every time I've seen Martin play this season he's made at least one amazing goal-line clearance. He's a magnet for danger.
1951: Brad Friedel makes a bit of a hash of dealing with a dangerous low cross but Tottenham get it away. With Grant Holt and Steve Morison up there Norwich could do with throwing more crosses in.
1949: Gareth Bale has found his way back out onto the left wing and spins away in style to play the ball in. It ends up at the feet of Kyle Walker but the right-back has one to forget as he smashes it miles wide.
1947: Norwich have another long-range try as David Fox pings one in at Brad Friedel. Easy for the veteran keeper - it needed Ruel Fox on it to be honest.
BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at Carrow Road: "It is actually quite a nasty forearm to the face and I'm not sure how Grant Holt can claim that Benoit Assou-Ekotto is making a meal of it."
1944: Spurs have had 70% of the ball so far but Norwich have managed to slow down the onslaught somewhat in the last few minutes. Left-back Adam Drury needs some treatment after a clash of knees but the stalwart is going to be ok.
1942: Norwich captain Grant Holt decks Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a forearm smash but gets away with a ticking off. Strange call.
1938: Steve Claridge is bang on there, Gareth Bale is playing through the middle for sure. To good effect as well. Maybe a tactical switch with Norwich's 'diamond' formation in mind. Spurs are pushing hard.
BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at Carrow Road: "Gareth Bale is not offering any width at all for Tottenham at the moment. He is playing inside of both Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart."
1936: Delightful stuff from Tottenham as Rafael van der Vaart plays a clever ball into Emmanuel Adebayor, he backheels to Gareth Bale who curls a shot at John Ruddy. 100mph stuff from Spurs so far.
1935: Spurs in the mood for an early goal, as Rafael van der Vaart runs onto a Gareth Bale flick but can only shank his shot tamely toward goal from 20 yards. A win for Harry Redknapp's men here would put them four points ahead of Chelsea with a game in hand.
1933: It's as open as you like here as Gareth Bale threatens to run in on goal for Spurs but Norwich survive.
1931: Steve Morison is not messing about - he thumps a 30-yard volley straight at Brad Friedel inside the opening 30 seconds. That's the spirit boys.
1931: We're away...
1927: The players are out of the tunnel at Carrow Road and the final game of this festive round of games is about to start. Let's have some goals shall we?
1924: Norwich are yet to keep a clean sheet all season - and they could struggle to break that record against Spurs. Luka Modric came through a late fitness test aparently to start and is a class act.
NORWICH v TOTTENHAM (1930) Mike Henson reports: "Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp hopes to make a statement to the rest of the Premier League with a big-name signing in January. 'If we're going to make a signing, let's make one big signing. That would send out a message,'
he told the Sun.
'But it's difficult finding that player who would make a difference.' Paul Lambert is also looking to bring in fresh blood at Carrow Road. 'I have told the club the players I would like to try and get in," he said. 'We have to box clever with what we are trying to do. It is up to the club to try and sort something out.'"
1918: Norwich were top of the Premier League on this day in 1992 - thanks in part to Ruel Fox of course. And Chris Sutton, Jeremy Goss. Efan Ekoku. What a side that was.
1914: Former Norwich and Spurs winger Ruel Fox is on TV here - he's now a fitness trainer. "It's good that people still recognise me", he says. That's because you look exactly the same, Ruel. Exactly. He could still play I reckon - sign him up.
NORWICH v TOTTENHAM (1930 GMT) Mike Henson reports: "Rafael van der Vaart has managed to overcome a hamstring strain to retain his place in Tottenham's starting line-up, but Ledley King, who played two games in a week for the first time since May 2010 over this festive period, drops out in favour of Younes Kaboul. Norwich make changes in both full-back positions with left-back Adam Drury making his first start of the season on the left and Ritchie de Laet replacing Kyle Naughton on the opposite flank."
1909: Meanwhile, back in Swansea, striker Danny Graham is refreshingly honest about the build-up to his goal. He says: "It caught my hand but I didn't intentionally push it into my path."
1906: If recent results are anything to go by, I'd be going all out on a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road for this one. However, you never fancy Spurs to only score once, and Norwich are good for goals at either end as well. I am gunning for three, maybe four, goals in this one...
Norwich v Tottenham Norwich: Ruddy, De Laet, Martin, Whitbread, Drury, Fox, Crofts, Surman, Hoolahan, Morison, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Johnson, Jackson, Pilkington, Bennett, Barnett, Wilbraham. Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Sandro, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Gomes, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Pienaar. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
NORWICH v TOTTENHAM (1930) Mike Henson reports: "Opportunity knocks for Tottenham with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all failing to win in their matches over the last couple of days. Victory would take Harry Redknapp's side to within seven points of the summit with a game in hand on the teams around them. But Norwich will make the Londoners work for any win. They are unbeaten in their last three matches, coinciding with Paul Lambert's decision to start with the twin peaks of Steve Morison and Grant Holt up front."
1854: So a decent draw in the end for QPR, who were much improved after the break. Next up, Spurs at Norwich.
1853: FULL-TIME Swansea 1-1 QPR
1852: Into stoppage time now - both sides look like they've settled for a point. A point which will please QPR more you'd think.
1847: Into the last few minutes at Swansea, where it looks like we are heading for another 1-1 draw.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Norwich keep faith with strikers Grant Holt and Steve Morison against Tottenham, for whom Younes Kaboul starts in place of Ledley King. Jermain Defoe misses out again with a hamstring problem.
From Jamie in Carshalton via text: "It seems Swansea are playing one touch football just for the sake of one touch football, their passing is getting them in trouble with all these one-twos to people who are being marked - they need to be more careful in possession."
1841: Swansea still posing a threat though as QPR keeper Paddy Kenny has to be strong to turn away a dipping free-kick.
1837: Swansea defender Ashley Williams is forced into a great header to clear away a dangerous cross - QPR well on top at the minute.
1834: Straight up the other end, and some vintage Adel Taarabt, as he spins away from a defender before curling a 25-yarder toward the bottom corner which Michel Vorm turns away.
1833: Big penalty shout for Swansea as Danny Graham goes down under a challenge from Armand Traore. The full-back is livid - but he gets away with it. That was a penalty.
1831: Almost superb from Swansea, as Danny Graham plays in Luke Moore at the end of a fine passing move but Moore can't quite get there. The hosts seems to have ridden the QPR storm.
BBC Radio 5 live analyst John Hartson at the Liberty Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "It was never a red card. Barton was only a fraction late and I think he was going for the ball. Maybe his reputation goes before him, everyone wants to see Joey Barton sent off. The referee Lee Probert was excellent there."
1824: Joey Barton gets a booking for going in late on Jazz Richards. Nasty one that as he came down on Richards' ankle, and for a minute Barton was thinking he could be off. Bit of a let-off for the visitors.
1821: More top work from Jamie Mackie as he bulldozes his way through two tackles but can't quite get a shot away. The goal seems to have woken Swansea from their slumber though, as they sharpen up in midfield.
BBC Radio 5 live analyst John Hartson at the Liberty Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "The crowd have gone very quiet and Swansea have not yet emerged for the second half. QPR have got their reward for plugging away."
QPR goal: Oh dear, dear, dear. A goal out of nothing for QPR as Paddy Kenny's goal-kick is headed backward by Swansea midfielder Leon Britton to present Jamie Mackie with a clear chance. The forward makes no mistake as he prods through keeeper Michel Vorm's legs. But what was Britton thinking there? A nightmare.
1817: GOALFLASH Swansea 1-1 QPR (Jamie Mackie)
1814: It's been all QPR as we tick toward the hour mark but Swansea come close to a second when Wayne Routledge runs onto Joe Allen's pass but shoots wide. Routledge is then replaced by Nathan Dyer, with Angel Rangel coming off to be replaced by striker Luke Moore.
BBC Radio 5 live analyst John Hartson at the Liberty Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "It is important that Swansea defend really strongly from set-pieces. You can't see QPR threatening from open play, but from Adel Taarabt's free-kicks and Fitz Hall's long throws they need to concentrate."
1810: There he is. Adel Taarabt is picked out by Joey Barton and fires in a shot which is deflected across the face of goal. QPR looking menacing now as Alejandro Faurlin shoots wide.
1808: If QPR are to come back, they need to see more from Adel Taarabt. Taarabt scored twice against Swansea on Boxing Day last year but has been underwhelming so far tonight . He ripped it up in the Championship but has been very quiet since making the step up to the Premier League. As predicted by a lot of onlookers, if truth be told...
1807: QPR come out the traps flying as Armand Traore whips in a perfect cross which is hacked away by Swansea. Better from the visitors.
1805: We're a bit late getting under way at the Liberty but the second half is now off and running.
1759: As it stands, QPR will be just one place above the drop zone. If that's not inspiration, I don't know what is. Swansea have only conceded two goals at home all season though.
Jeffrey S. Brooks on Twitter:
"QPR strangely uninterested in this match. I would have thought they'd be up for an opponent they have a real chance to beat."
Chinedu on Twitter:
"Don't give me excuses Arsene. That was pure complacency from #TheArsenal players. Pure immaturity approach to the game."
1753: Here's a bit more from Arsene Wenger on the possibility of signing Thierry Henry: "We stand nowhere. I don't know where the story comes from. I think we have other problems to focus on. If we bring anyone in we will inform you."
Swansea 1-0 QPR Aled Williams reports: "A goal from Danny Graham, a player QPR tried to sign during the summer, is the difference between the sides at half-time. Swansea deserve their first-half lead although Rangers are not out of this game as they proved with two late Clint Hill efforts."
1748: HALF-TIME Swansea 1-0 QPR
1746: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after the draw with Wolves: "It is very frustrating. You won't play many draws like that in a season but sometimes it can happen. We still lack a bit of maturity. The way I have seen the game today it will be one draw out of 50 but it was that one today. What happened in the game can happen."
1744: Two big chances for QPR to level the scores up at Swansea. First of all Luke Young stands up a fine cross which Clint Hill heads over the top, and moments later Joey Barton swings in a ball from the right which Heidar Helguson can't keep down. Rangers definitely have an advantage in the air, could be something to build on.
1742: Some more from Wolves boss Mick McCarthy: "What concerns me is we are being targeted as this dirty team but Nenad Milijas has not got a bad bone in his body. He is not built like that. We will appeal it and I hope the referee will be magnanimous enough to rescind it. I can't for the life of me see why he has been sent off, his foot was on the floor, he made contact with the ball and I can't work out which bit of that makes it a bad tackle. I was going to say we rode our luck but that was blooming good defending."
1741: Joe Allen almost gets clear for Swansea down the left but he lacks a yard of pace and is wrapped up in a Joey Barton challenge.
1740: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy after the draw at Arsenal: "I'm extremely proud. I think everyone has seen a real fighting performance from us today. We have had to defend and we did that for 20 minutes with 10 men. Wayne Hennessey was fantastic. I think he is one of the best goalkeepers in the league and he proved that today."
Danny, QPR fan, in Oxford on text: "I fear for us defensively for the rest of the season if Neil Warnock isn't able to bring in two good centre-backs in January. Don't trust Hall/Perone/Gabbidon, Hill is getting on, Connolly is a bit inexperienced yet...which leaves just Ferdinand. Please buy Nedum Onuoha!"
1735: Angel Rangel is down after a strong challenge from Clint Hill, who is booked. I think the full-back will be fine to carry on though.
1733: More great stuff from the Swans as they switch the play from right to left. Jazz Richards makes the overlap but his cross is cleared away. QPR are in dire need of some possession.
1728: Swansea are up to over 60% possession now but Neil Warnock's side look a threat on the break. There are enough bright attacking players out there for either side to get goals.
1726: This is turning into a very good game to watch. Kemy Agustien plays a neat one-two in midfield before releasing the mobile Danny Graham, but QPR get it away.
1722: Danny Graham has another sniff of a chance after fine wing play from Scott Sinclair, but this time the QPR back four get tight and snuff it out. At the other end Joey Barton smashes in a piledriver which Michel Vorm turns away. The latest in his long list of good saves.
From Barneyspur via text: "With big names dropping points this weekend, what a GOLDEN chance for Spurs to pull away from the chasing pack. But they'll probably blow it, as always!"
BBC Radio 5 live analyst John Hartson at the Liberty Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "Great start from Swansea. It was some great build-up play and Danny Graham does well with a wonderful turn and a cultured finish right in the corner. I'm not sure QPR have got tight enough to him but six goals in his first season in the top flight is a great return from the striker."
1717: I know you wouldn't expect anything else, but Neil Warnock is apoplectic on the touchline about that goal. It was ball between thigh and hand, so it could go either way in my book. It doesn't excuse the horrific defending from 'One Size' Fitz Hall though.
Swansea goal: The hosts take the lead - but they get a break. Wayne Routledge crosses for Danny Graham, who looks to handle as he brings the ball down. He is allowed to continue and from there on in he does brilliantly. Fitz Hall doesn't get tight enough but the danger looks to have passed before the former Watford man curls a shot around the defender and into the bottom corner.
1714: GOALFLASH Swansea 1-0 QPR (Danny Graham)
Gareth Frank on Twitter:
"Arsenal's problems summed up in one game. A moment of awful defending, followed by 45 minutes of un-incisive offence"
1711: Swansea are starting to show now, Danny Graham almost gets on the end of a cross and Wayne Routledge is looking dangerous.
Anonymous on text: "How was it possible not to score, Arsenal had 68% of possession and they were a man down and still can't get it in the back of the net! Chamakh and Arshavin were useless, Thierry please come back and give us some more belief, please!!"
1706: Spring-heeled Heidar Helguson gets up at the back stick and causes Swansea all manner of problems as goalkeeper Michel Vorm flaps at the ball. Swansea survive, but QPR have started very strongly.
1705: Wolves defender Roger Johnson after the 1-1 draw at Arsenal: "We rode our luck at times, but that is football. We have been punished for the slightest things in recent games and I think we deserved that point. It was a great effort and it feels like a clean sheet. The referee was approachable when I spoke to him about the red card. I feel that Ned has gone in one-footed and pushed the ball. I may be wrong, but I hope he has a look at it and rescinds it."
1703: Lovely start from QPR as they pop the ball about in picturesque fashion. Alejandro Faurlin plays in Heidar Helguson but the striker can't gather the ball in.
BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Swansea: "I see this as a very, very tight game. What Adel Taarabt will turn up today? He can be frightening on his day."
1701: We're off at Swansea.
1658: This Christmas programme is getting better for Spurs by the game as Arsenal join the list of teams to drop points at the top of the table. Spurs have to go to Norwich yet though, which will be no pushover. Cracking atmosphere guaranteed at Carrow Road as well.
SWANSEA v QPR TEAM NEWS Aled Williams reports: "Swansea defender Neil Taylor misses out after suffering a leg injury during the 1-0 defeat at Everton. Angel Rangel comes in at left-back with Wales under-21 captain Jazz Richards moving to right back. In midfield Kemy Agustien is in for Mark Gower while Nathan Dyer is once again absent. Adel Taarabt's return is the big team news for QPR. He replaces Shaun Wright-Phillips from the team that lost against Sunderland while in defence Fitz Hall and Clint Hill come in for Danny Gabbidon and Matthew Connolly."
1655: We've no time to mess about and reflect on Arsenal's draw, it's straight off to Wales. Teams coming up:
1654: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-1 Wolves
1652: The siege continues but Robin van Persie heads wide. Almost job done for Wolves.
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at the Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "Wolves are throwing their bodies on the line here, it is magnificent defending. Mick McCarthy will have to go for a health check tomorrow, it must be difficult on the sidelines down there. Arsenal are paying for their inability to make use of the possession that they had in the first half."
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at the Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "The Wolves supporters in that far corner of the Emirates are beginning to believe that their magnificent defensive work might just pay off with a draw here."
1648: We're into the first of six minutes of added time.
1647: Another great save from Wayne Hennessey denies Arsenal. This time it's Thomas Vermaelen who is on goal but as he cracks in a right-footed volley from close range the Welshman throws up a big hand to turn it away. Best save of the lot that one.
1645: Robin van Persie is down. He goes up for a header and is whacked by team-mate Marouane Chamakh. There's a worrying few seconds as he stays down but he's soon up and back in action.
1642: Just reflecting on the red card, Nenad Milijas did get a touch on the ball as he slid in, and it was a one-footed challenge. Not a red card for me but it was in the air, we'd had a niggly 10 minutes. Wolves bring on Kevin Doyle as they try and hang on.
1640: Robin van Persie is twice denied by Wayne Hennessey. First his long-range free-kick is turned away, before moments later the Dutchman rifles in a shot from the left which the keeper blocks with his feet. Can Arsenal find a way through?
Giorgos Kambouroglou on Twitter:
"Song stays on the pitch for kicking 2 Wolves players and the ref sends off Milijas for a badly timed challenge, no consistency."
1635: A melee in the Wolves box as they scramble away a corner. Arsenal want a penalty for that - not sure why. Robin van Persie is almost in but he can't get the ball down and his shot is blocked. This is as harum-scarum as you will see Arsenal be. Hectic stuff.
Wolves red card: I told you a sending-off was imminent, and here it is. Nenad Milijas' touch gets away from him and he dives in on Mikel Arteta. It's a messy challenge rather than dangerous but referee Stuart Atwell has no hesitation. Woves are furious with that one, but will it change the pattern of play at all?
WOLVES RED CARD (Nenad Milijas)
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at the Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think referee Stuart Atwell wanted a crack at goal himself there when he got in the way of Robin van Persie as the Dutchman lined up that free-kick. Arsenal are piling forward and it was a brilliant Wayne Hennessey save from Per Mertesacker's header."
1630: Aaron Ramsey is on for Arsenal - and straight into the action as he tees up Tomas Rosicky on the edge of the area. The Czech is wide with his effort though.
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at the Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "Nenad Milijas could easily have driven it past the keeper from 35 yards, it was a little ambitious but he has a strong left foot. The whole of the Wolves midfield have worked hard today, they have covered plenty of ground. They have forced Arsenal to play square or backwards of square."
Naughty from Alex Song. He clatters into Steven Fletcher and then, as the whistle goes, is high on Stephen Hunt. He's lucky to get away with a booking for that one. Roger Johnson then complains that he is stamped on by Thomas Vermaelen, who looks as prickly as a man who's spent two hours shopping in Primark at the moment. A red card is is in the air.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Playmaker Adel Taarabt starts for QPR at Swansea, Neil Taylor misses out for Swansea so my favourite name in football - Angel Rangel - comes in.
1623: Almost magic from Robin van Persie. He has to ask referee Stuart Atwell to move before sending in a free-kick which is tipped over by Wayne Hennessey. Hennessey then makes an even better save to block Per Mertesacker's point-blank header. Arsenal piling the pressure on now.
1620: Andrey Arshavin is thrown on - but at the expense of Yossi Benayoun. Far be it from me to question the decision-making of Arsene Wenger, but Benayoun has been excellent this afternoon. About time Arshavin pulled something out of a hat for Arsenal, maybe now's the time.
1619: Thomas Vermaelen is whistled for handball and thinks about another tantrum - remembers he's on a booking - and decides better of it. Nenad Milijas shoots over at the other end on a rare Wolves attack.
Tom Fellows on Twitter:
"Rosicky and Benayoun are too similar in style to start a game. Bring Oxlade-Chamberlain on!"
1615: Arsenal want a penalty for handball against Christophe Berra as he blocks a cross but the officials wave it away. Thomas Vermaelen is booked in the aftermath for arguing. All getting a bit lairy from Arsenal at the minute.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Magpies' striker Karl Hawley's acrobatic volley stings the palms of goalkeeper Steve Simonsen before Ched Evans pokes against the post at the other end for Sheffield United as the action flows back and forth in the closing stages at Bramall Lane. The visitors' Ishmel Demontagnac collects a straight red deep in stoppage time for lobbing the ball into the face of an opponent but, amid all the drama, the Blades keep a grip on a 2-1 scoreline. Their seventh successive win shoots them up from fifth to second in League One.
1613: Yossi Benayoun sends in a low cross from the right but it is well defended as Wolves smuggle it away from in front of Robin van Persie. Gervinho then fires over the top from an acute angle.
1609: All Arsenal at the moment, but they need to stay patient as Robin van Persie gets a ticking-off from referee Stuart Attwell. Frustrations already boiling over from the home side.
1607: Ronald is now no longer with us. He goes down again and it's three strikes and you're out with Mick McCarthy. Richard Stearman is on at full-back.
1605: More quality from Yossi Benayoun as he swivels inside the area and picks out Gervinho - but the Ivorian is offside. Ronald Zubar is back with us.
1604: Ronald Zubar is down again on the touchline, looked like he stretched his left leg in a strange angle there. The game goes on with Wolves down to 10 men temporarily.
1603: We are back in the game at Arsenal.
SWANSEA v QPR (1700) Aled Williams reports: "Despite their struggles away from home, Brendan Rodgers has praised Swansea's form at the Liberty Stadium. "For any team at this level to have conceded only two goals at home at Christmas is a hell of an achievement, to do it as a newly-promoted side is an even greater one," he said. Counterpart Neil Warnock expects a tough game: "It is difficult when you go down there because you know you're not going to get more than 40% of the ball. But it is a game that I enjoy.""
SWANSEA v QPR (1700) Aled Williams reports: "When the teams met at Loftus Road in the Championship on Boxing Day last year, an Adel Taarabt inspired Rangers ran out convincing 4-0 winners. Neil Warnock's side would welcome a win of any kind at the Liberty Stadium this evening, having won only once in their last eight games. Swansea are not exactly in tip-top form either. They are one place above their fellow promoted side in 15th with one win from their last seven Premier League games. For both sides, three points would make a most welcome belated Christmas present."
1551: Of course, the second of today's three games is coming up - here's what to expect:
From Rhys, South Wales via text: "No surprise to see Steve Fletcher score again. His ability is very much underrated, he's never really talked about. The type of player that could do a very good job for a top 10 team."
Arsenal 1-1 Wolves Becky Ashton's HT snapshot: "Mick McCarthy will be the happier of the managers at the Emirates after his side equalised against the run of play but one thing that won't please him is the decision making of his defence. There's no doubt that Arsenal have dominated possession but the majority of chances have come courtesy of the Wolves backline."
1548: All the chat was on Arsenal taking advantage of dropped points from Chelsea and Liverpool yesterday - but it could be the same story here. Arsenal looked more than capable of finding another goal in the opening half hour or so there though - they just need to get Yossi Benayoun on the ball.
1547: HALF-TIME Arsenal 1-1 Wolves
Saqueeb Rajan on Twitter:
"When Mr Pleat talked about Gervinho he scored..he praised Vermaelen and Wolves scored..anything else David?"
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at the Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "That will give confidence to Forde who could have been sacrificed at half-time if it had remained at 1-0, but now Mick McCarthy can think again after that rather fortuitous goal. He will be able to say at half-time that the tactics are working."
1542: Arsenal look shocked to be back level, and Ronald Zubar almost gets in down the right for Wolves but he is stopped by the wall that is Alex Song. Not going to plan for Arsene Wenger's men at the moment.
1540: That is Wolves' first goal at Arsenal in 27 years.
Wolves goal: Well I'll be honest, we didn't see that coming. A corner is headed out to Stephen Hunt in the D, he flicks the ball up beautifully to avoid Tomas Rosicky and bullets a shot on goal. It deflects off an Arsenal defender and is headed in by Steven Fletcher. Fletcher did really well to divert that ball into the corner, he had no time to react at all. Game on then.
1538: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-1 Wolves (Steven Fletcher)
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at the Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "Thomas Vermaelen has been excellent at left-back, using all his experience as a centre-back to cover the men defending inside him."
1536: For those of you keeping a record in the back of your diary, that was Gervinho's fourth goal in 22 games for Arsenal. Not prolific by any means, but he's looked dangerous this afternoon.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Notts County slip 2-1 behind at Sheffield United after conceding a shambles of a goal. Defender Krystian Pearce turns his back and is caught out by Ched Evans's quick throw-in. Stephen Quinn is in behind the Magpies' rearguard and his cross is bundled into his own net by Alan Sheehan as the defender attempts to prevent Richard Cresswell getting a scoring touch.
1532: Again Wolves are guilty of faffing about in dangerous territory, Alex Song wins the ball and Robin Van Persie is brought down by Roger Johnson on the edge of the box. Johnson is booked and Arsenal waste the free-kick.
1531: Robin van Persie is in the mood now. He glides past a defender - evades a body-check from Roger Johnson - and fires in a low shot which is well saved.
1529: Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey plays the ball out to Karl Henry on the edge of his own area - a tactic that was never going to end well. Henry is robbed by Robin van Persie, who nutmegs him to play in Tomas Rosicky, he finds Mikel Arteta, but his shot is blocked.
Andy Cross on Twitter:
"Yossi has been ripping defences apart for years. When Yossi has a good game the opposition know they're in trouble!"
1525: Decent chance for Wolves - wasted. Ronald Zubar chases down a bouncing ball and takes a whack in the chest for his efforts, play goes on and Stephen Hunt smacks the loose ball well over the top from 20 yards. He had more time there.
1523: Gorgeous touch from Robin van Persie to kill a through-ball instantly, he is shown onto his unfavoured right foot so attempts a lob from a tight angle and the ball is headed away for a corner.
From Andy, London, via text: "As happy as I am that Gervinho has scored, I'm not the only one who was screaming "PASS TO RVP!" hard to please?"
1521: We've not seen much of Wolves youngster Anthony Forde yet, by the way. He looks quick, as you'd expect, but the ball's not been in his area much yet. Since the goal Arsenal have had all the ball.
1517: He's everywhere at the minute, Yossi Benayoun. He's in down the left after a fine ball from Mikel Arteta but loses his balance as he's about to shoot. Everton got a penalty for that yesterday, but common sense reigns and we play on. A second goal is on the cards.
1514: Lovely stuff from Yossi Benayoun again as he plays in Thomas Vermaelen overlapping at left-back. The Belgian unleashes a cracking drive but Roger Johnson makes the block. Moments later Robin van Persie has his first chance when he's played in by Gervinho, but the Dutchman slides his shot well wide.
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at the Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "Gervinho was played onside by Ronald Zubar at right back, it was a lovely ball through and a lovely finish. That goal could change the whole mentality of this Wolves team. They certainly can't afford to concede again, but with a 4-5-1 the danger is that players become too defensive minded and they need goals."
1511: Arsenal have settled down now and are knocking it around nicely in the middle. This could turn in to a long afternoon for Wolves.
Arsenal goal: Just as I was about to say that Wolves were doing well, Arsenal spring them on the counter. Matt Jarvis's cross is cleared and Arsenal surge forward. Yossi Benayoun plays a marvellous ball through for Gervinho, who is clear of a dodgy-looking offside trap. The forward keeps his cool to round Wayne Hennessey and find the corner.
1508: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-0 Wolves (Gervinho)
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at the Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "Gervinho certainly has the ability to unbalance defenders with his ability to go either way, but I am not so certain about his final ball."
1506: That's more like it. Wolves are able to get the ball out to Matt Jarvis on the wing and he gets a shot away, but Per Mertesacker makes the block.
1504: A pattern is already emerging. Wolves do well to win the ball from Robin van Persie in midfield, but when Nenad Milijas looks up he only has Steven Fletcher in the Arsenal half and the move breaks down. Wolves must get men up in support of Fletcher.
1503: Arsenal dictating play early doors, with Yossi Benayoun getting involved. Looks like he's playing right up top, just off Robin van Persie.
1500: ...just like that. Wolves kick-off.
1458: Players on the pitch at Arsenal, today's action will be up and running in a jiffy...
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Sheffield United hit back at Bramall Lane with a neat team goal. Richard Cresswell darts down the channel and sends a low cross skidding into the path of Ryan Flynn who sweeps a finish past Notts County keeper Stuart Nelson from 10 yards out.
1453: The teams are in the tunnel at the Emirates, and with one refresh of this page you will get access to a link to radio commentary on the right-hand side.
1446: Being Frimponged is the ultimate midfield assault, if you ask me. And for those of you asking, we believe Theo Walcott is nursing an illness this afternoon.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Notts County goalkeeper Stuart Nelson takes a clattering from Neill Collins as he comes to claim a corner and is down for several minutes as the physio's magic sponge is applied. He gets to his feet looking a little groggy but is soon skipping round his penalty box when Alan Judge's free-kick just clears Lee Hughes and his marker and nestles in the corner at the other end. The Magpies lead with a quarter of the match gone. Hughes is claiming that one, I've watched the replay numerous times and I can't decided if he got a touch or not. Could be an argument about that one later.
Robert Kostur on Twitter:
"It's not Anthony Forde's debut - he came on as a sub away to Chelsea. It's his first Premier League start though!"
ARSENAL v WOLVES Becky Ashton reports: "Arsene Wenger is expecting to see some "extremely good football" from Wolves this afternoon thanks to what he described as their "Mick McCarthy spirit and attitude". Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake believes that spirit could ultimately prove vital saying "We've got the experience of being in this position and getting out of it"."
Arsenal v Wolverhampton Arsenal: Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Benayoun, Gervinho, van Persie. Subs: Almunia, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Arshavin, Chamakh, Coquelin, Miquel. Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, Henry, Forde, Hunt, Milijas, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Hammill, Doyle, Guedioura. Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
1432: I'm a bit disappointed that there's no Emmanuel Frimpong in the mix today to be honest, we here at BBC Football are trying to get his name in wide use; as in "You've been Frimponged."
ARSENAL v WOLVES TEAM NEWS Becky Ashton reports: "Johan Djourou returns for Arsenal to take his place in defence, replacing Francis Coquelin, while Tomas Rosicky and Yossi Benayoun come in for Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Frimpong. Wolves hand a Premier League debut to youngster Anthony Forde, who starts in midfield alongside Karl Henry, Matt Jarvis and Nenad Milijas, while Steven Fletcher is the lone striker."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Only one Football League match on today and it is in League One where Notts County visit a Sheffield United side on a run of six successive victories. Blades' striker Ched Evans has hit eight goals over that period and the Welshman almost sets up Richard Cresswell after a positive run down the right flank with just two minutes gone.
Tom in Somerset on text: "Best Karl Henry goal has got to be a slick finish against Charlton pre-promotion. Those were the days."
Depesh Mandalia on Twitter:
"My best Henry goals are the solo runs against Liverpool and Spurs; pace, precision, power like none seen before in the EPL."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Wolves hand a start to 18-year-old winger Anthony Forde. Talk about a baptism of fire - his first Premier League appearance. Steven Fletcher looks to be playing as a lone striker.
ARSENAL v WOLVES (1500) Becky Ashton reports: "When Arsenal were thumped 8-2 by Manchester United in August fans were despairing, wondering where the club went next. How times change. A win today would see them leapfrog Chelsea and climb into fourth place. At the other end of the table, Wolves will have to dramatically improve their recent away form if they are to climb away from the relegation places. They have lost their last six away Premier League fixtures and so the odds are stacked firmly against them this afternoon."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Yossi Benayoun starts in midfield for Arsenal after his headed winner against Aston Villa. There is no Theo Walcott as Gervinho partners the aforementioned goal-machine Robin van Persie.
Kevin Beirne on Twitter:
"Best Henry goal? How about backheel v Charlton? Same team RVP got his best Arsenal goal against with that volley."
1405: Here's proof - if it were needed - that life over Christmas is not all it's cracked up to be for footballers. You get grief from the family for popping out for training on Christmas Day, you spend a lot of the time being driven around in coaches, and if you're Gillingham winger Chris Whelpdale, you
split your scrotum
open on Boxing Day. Merry Christmas.
1358: Thierry Henry has turned up at Arsenal, sporting a magnificent beard. What are the chances of seeing him back in a Gunners shirt anytime soon? What a player. His best goal? I'm plumping for the back-to-goal flick and lob over Fabian Barthez. Just brilliant.
1353: Just so we're all on the same page with regards to today's games then, the full list is as follows. At 1415, we've got the sole Football League fixture of the day as Sheffield United host Notts County. Then it's Arsenal v Wolves at 1500, followed by Swansea v QPR at 1700, and we end it all with Norwich v Spurs at 1930. I reckon we are set for at least two decent games out of that lot.
Pete in Bristol on text: "Good work Tom...RVP my Fantasy Football captain and after your 'commentators kiss of death' he is bound to miss penalty, score own goal and get sent off!"
1350: For those of you who don't have to work them, today is another Bank Holiday. What on earth are you going to do - apart from keeping across the football right here, obviously? Let me know your plans by Tweeting the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK).
Kelly, hard at work in Huddersfield, on text via 81111: "All set for a boring day at work and up pops live football text. My day just got better."
1345: There's no denying that Robin van Persie has been in remarkable form this year. He's in exalted company on the goalscoring front as well, as only Sir Les Ferdinand in 1995-96 and Kevin Phillips in 1999-00 (both 17 goals) have ever scored more at this stage of a Premier League season than Van Persie's current total of 16. What I'm saying is, he's going to score. Believe it.
1340: Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has scored 34 Premier League goals in 2011, two behind Alan Shearer's record for a calendar year, set in 1995. After this afternoon's game, he's also got a home game against QPR on New Year's Eve to break the record. Feeling confident?
1335: Arsenal, and Tottenham, had a good Boxing Day yesterday without even playing as results went their way.
Chelsea could only draw with Fulham,
Liverpool were held by Blackburn.
It all means that Arsene Wenger's men can move into the top four this afternoon with a home win over Wolves. We've also got our sights on a Premier League record...
1330: Less than a week ago, this afternoon was looking like a lull in the festive break. The turkey is nearly all done by now, there can barely be any more relatives to see, and the best TV can offer is a repeat of Coast. But then all our prayers were answered as
Arsenal moved their game with Wolves to 1500 this afternoon.
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