Arsenal hush Spurs

Full-time result-

Arsenal

Odegaard M. (44′)
Lacazette A.(Penalty, 64′)

2

1

Tottenham

Lamela E. (33′)

MATCH STATS

Ball Possession: 53% – 47%
Goal Attempts: 13- 6
Shots on Goal: 3 – 3
Shots off Goal: 8 – 2
Blocked Shots: 2 – 1
Free Kicks: 14 – 11
Corner Kicks: 6 – 3
Offsides: 0 – 1
Goalkeeper Saves: 2 – 1
Fouls: 12 – 14
Red Cards: 0 – 1
Yellow Cards: 1 – 4
Total Passes: 519 – 482
Tackles: 20 – 18
Attacks: 135 – 86
Dangerous Attacks: 61 – 33

What a brilliant response from the Gunners to come out victorious from this tie after conceding first. It was indeed a London Derby to remember as the Gunners secured all 3 points against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side for the first time since the Portuguese coach took charge of them. Mikel Arteta’s men finally defeated Tottenham after failing to do so in their previous 5 encounters.

Arteta made some changes to his lineup that played in the mid-week Europa League clash against Olympiacos as his Skipper, Aubameyang was dropped to the bench with the coach stating clearly that it was for Disciplinary issues. Jose Mourinho on the other hand started Harry Kane, who was able to shake off his mid-week injury to feature in this tie.

Arsenal started the brightest of the 2 sides, with Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard, in particular, controlling the midfield play for the Gunners. Tottenham were dealt an early blow in the 19th minute when Heung-min Son picked up what looks to be a hamstring injury and was replaced by Erik Lamela. Arsenal’s attacking pressure surmounted to Reguilon giving the ball away inside his own half and the loose ball was picked up by Smith Rowe, with the midfielder’s shot close to the edge of the box coming off against the crossbar.

It was against the run of play that Spurs grabbed the first goal of the game, when a crossfield pass from Gareth Bale to Reguilon down the left was squared one-time into the box for Lucas Moura, with the striker teeing up Erik Lamela, who finished off the ball with a Rabona flick through the legs of Thomas Partey and into the net of the outstretched Leno to put Spurs in front. Arsenal grabbed the equalizer in the 44th minute through Martin Odegaard, with the midfielder finishing off a neat cross from Tierney into the net of Hugo Lloris with the help of a deflection from Sanchez.

There were halftime changes from Mikel Arteta, taking off Bukayo Saka and bringing on Willian. Arsenal began the second half still mounting pressure on the Spurs defense, with Lacazette and Willian causing the Spurs backline a whole lot of trouble. The pressure led to the second goal when substitute, Nicholas Pepe collected a loose ball from Lloris and fed Lacazette with a through ball, the striker’s initial shot was scuffed but he was fouled by a clumsy tackle from Sanchez inside the box and the referee awarded a penalty which was duly converted by the striker to put the Gunners ahead.

A moment’s later, Lamela went from hero to villain as he picked up a second yellow after an elbow on Tierney to leave Spurs with 10 men to finish off the game. The red card seemed to awaken Mourinho’s men as they took the game to the Gunners. First, Harry Kane’s freekick from cannoned against the far post, and the rebound header from Sanchez was cleared off the line by Gabriel, whose partnership with David Luiz kept Kane quiet on the night. Arsenal held on to secure all 3 points and also their first win against Tottenham in 6 attempts.

The result means that Tottenham’s hope to overtake Chelsea in 4th position would be out to hold at least till next weekend as they have a mid-week Europa league 2nd leg clash against Dinamo Zagreb, the same day when the Gunners take on Olympiacos at the Emirates.

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on what this result can do for the next few weeks...

Hopefully it will increase the level of confidence in the team and the belief that we can play really well against any opponent, that we can beat big teams as well, and to maintain this together with the same belief. We know that we have to put together four or five wins in a row to give ourselves any chance of looking up in the table but we are ready for a fight.

~ Mikel Arteta

WHAT IS NEXT?

The big games keep coming. We host Olympiacos in the second leg of the Europa League Round of 16 on Thursday, protecting a 3-1 lead from the first leg. Premier League action resumes next weekend with a trip to West Ham United before a two-week break for international football.

COYG!!!

Match Review by Patrick Alexander