Arsenal has come from behind to defeat rivals Tottenham 2-1 at the Emirates thanks to a Martin Odegaard strike and an Alexandre Lacazette penalty.
Well what a game that was, it pretty much had everything. Goals, a red card, and drama late on.
All in all, it was an utterly dominant performance from Mikel Arteta’s side as they dismantled Spurs. From the first kick, the Gunners owned everything, as they controlled possession with Spurs barely having a touch of the ball.
Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka ran riot down Tottenham’s left-hand side as they consistently got forward and it seemed Jose Mourinho had no answer as Gareth Bale did not seem interested in helping out defensively.
As is the Arsenal way against Spurs, they dominated the game and barely gave them a sniff at goal, but on 33 minutes, they somehow managed to take the lead. You have to admit it was a good goal from Erik Lamela after he came on as a substitute for the injured Son Heung-Min. A neat rabona from the winger found its way past Bernd Leno and into the net as it was their first foray forward into Arsenal’s box.
Going behind in such fashion brought back memories of the reverse fixture but it did not seem to throw us off and just before halftime, Arsenal pulled themselves level.
Again, down the left-hand side, Kieran Tierney produced a good ball to find Martin Odegaard whose shot took a deflection off Toby Alderweireld and past Hugo Lloris as Arsenal got their deserved equalizer.
The second half started with Spurs offering more than what they did in the first, but the Gunners were still in control. Then the match turned in the 64th minute when Lacazette was adjudged to of been brought down by Davinson Sanchez in the area and Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. The ball to find Lacazette from Nicolas Pepe was simply sensational as it split Tottenham’s defense.
Lacazette then stepped up and lashed home an unstoppable shot to give his side a deserved lead. Just 11 minutes later, the game turned again when Erik Lamela was given his second yellow for an elbow on Tierney and was given his marching orders. The Spurs winger was clearly up for the fight and you could see the red card coming.
After going a man down, somewhat surprisingly, Spurs dominated the game as Arsenal looked extremely nervous and continued to sit back and invite pressure. Harry Kane twice came close and in the dying stages had a free-kick cannon off the post only for the rebound to fall to Sanchez who hit his shot first time, but Gabriel got his head in the way to keep Spurs at bay.
Thankfully Arsenal managed to see out the remaining time as we held on for a vital win and brings us within four points of Tottenham in seventh.
Emile Smith Rowe was excellent, Martin Odegaard was good, David Luiz and Gabriel were solid in defense with Kieran Tierney and Cedric pushing Spurs back consistently. Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka again proved they are a good tandem in the middle of the park as we got our revenge for our 2-0 loss last time out.
After a good win over Olympiacos and now Tottenham, Arsenal has a superb chance to book their spot in the next round of the Europa League to end what could have been a turbulent week on a high.
North London is red my friends. COYG