Son Hung-min ‘13
Harry Kane ‘46
Yellow cards: 1—2
Corner kicks: 3—9
It was another loss for Arsenal as they gifted three points to Tottenham.
Despite enjoying more than twice the amount of possession as our hosts, we couldn’t trouble the opposition goalkeeper often enough and suffered another damaging Premier League defeat.
Mikel Arteta’s side looked promising after 10 minutes with a long-range drive from new man Thomas Partey which went wide, and three minutes later, they would go 1-nil down after Harry Kane proves his linkup play with Son. Kane’s pass found Son Hung-min on the left side who saw some space by the retreating Rob Holding and cut it in with a ‘curler’ to the right end of the post, beating goalkeeper Leno.
Arsenal resumed gameplay, and 19 minutes later, an unmarked Son made a cross to Harry Kane but was headed out for a corner by Rob Holding, who has been helpful with the high clearing passes coming into the Arsenal yard.
Arsenal pressed harder all through the first half, but all moves seem futile with captain and top striker Aubameyang yet to find his scoring form in the premier league season. Arsenal pressed for an equalizer but missed a good chance with Willian not connecting to the pinpoint cross from Aubameyang in the 39th minute.
An equalizer could have happened in the 43rd minute with Alexandre Lacazette’s free-kick, which was goal bound, headed to the corner by Harry Kane.
Tottenham appeared happy to sit back and catch us on the break, which is exactly what they did in the final minute of the first half. Alexandre Lacazette – playing in the number 10 role – found Hector Bellerin well inside the box. But when his cross was cut out, the hosts sprang forward, outnumbered us, and finished through Harry Kane.
Dani Ceballos replaced Thomas Partey after he suffered another injury. A good cross by fast-rising star Bukayoko Saka was headed goalward by Lacazette, but fellow Frenchman and stopper Hugo Lloris had it nicely and safely kept.
In the 48th minute, a Tierney cross found Aubameyang, who nods it wide this time. In the 67th minute, a cross from Bellerin was headed to the goal by Lacazette but was yet stopped again by Hugo Lloris.
The result leaves us in the wrong half of the table and winless in our last four league games.
Arsenal will host Burnley FC in their next Premier League match; hopefully, it brings a turnaround and good luck.
We conclude our Europa League group stage with a trip to Dundalk, Ireland on Thursday – looking to make it six wins out of six in the competition – before Premier League football resumes at the Emirates on Sunday against Burnley.
Match Review by Adeyemo Adesola