Tobby Aldeweireld netted a late goal to give spurs a win over the north London rivals after son had canceled out Lacazate’s thunderbolt goal early on in the first half.
Arsenal looked like a team that would claim all the three points earlier in the game after creating chance after chance from which Lacazate scored a screamer to give Arsenal the lead but poor defending from Arsenal meant being pegged back by son’s goal after he latched onto on a loose pass from Kolasinac. Second half came Arsenal were looked sharp and came close to taking the again but Aubameyang was denied by the crossbar, spurs however took the their chance from corner as Tobby Aldwrweireld’s rose the highest of all the Arsenal defenders to score a winner to grab the bragging rights.
Here are the five talking points learned.
- Same old Arsenal
“Arsenal never changes “ this is a statement that won’t sound strange into Arsenal fans’ ears and at the white hart lane Arsenal showed their same old problems as their defensive mistakes cost them points today. Arsenal have always looked the better team in all the matches they’ve played but their failure to hold on to leads has cost them points and could cost them European football next season. They gave away a 1-0 against Brighton earlier in the Premier league restart, they came close to losing a semi final game against Sheffield united after mcgoldrick scored 90th minute equalizer only to be saved by ceballos’ last minute goal and today they fell prey to their lack of concentration in the last 10 minutes as Tobby scored an 81st winner.
- Martinez continues to impress.
Arsenal looked like they were done for the season after they lost Leno to injury against Brighton but step in keeper Martinez and longest serving player at the emirates has continued to show why he has been on the Arsenal books for such a long time. His impressive performances today kept Arsenal in the game and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side after making good saves to keep spurs at bay.
- Defenders still the issue at Arsenal
We will all agree that Arteta has made Arsenal a hard team to beat and this can show in their results as they’ve only lost to city to goal margin greater than one. Mikel has had a positive impact on the gunners’ defense but his defenders have always let him down through basic avoidable mistakes.
Luiz and Muatafi have always come on for criticism for their mistakes but today it wasn’t them it was their partner Kolasinac who cost Arsenal today and after his performance today, Arteta will surely be looking into giving Holding a chance.
4.Kane under unutilized upfront.
Spurs got all the three points today but their talisman Harry Kane will be far from impressed with his performance at white hart lane. He looked lonely all match and was chasing shadows of Arsenals three center backs all match. Kane will be hoping his team’s midfielders can be more productive so as to help him stop being starved upfront.
- Xhaka Arsenal’s true captain?
Aubameyang has been delivering goals for the gunners this season but we can’t say the same for his leadership skills, and again today it showed his leadership game is still low as he failed to leave a mark on this game. Whilst former gunners captain was full energy and command in midfield as he lead his team from the middle of the and performances like this continue to show why xhaka was Arsenal’s captain in the first place. Aubameyang’s contract stand off with gunners hasn’t helped in anyway but he needs to deliver more than just goals. To the Arsenal games since he owns the Armband now. The behind closed door format to the restart has worked in Xhaka’s favour, with the ability to hear him barking out instructions more than anyone else in red.
That night against Crystal Palace feels a century ago, so sure bygones can be bygones.