Tottenham Hotspur won the North London derby, taking advantage of Arsenal’s weaknesses and insecurities and destroying it on the counter, making good the José Mourinho libretto, with goals from Heung-min Son and Harry Kane (2-0).
The ‘Spurs’, who were looking to retain the Premier League lead, showed the best Mourinho, pulling back strong and attacking in quick offensive transitions that benefited from Arsenal’s mismatches.
Mikel Arteta, who came to this game very touched, after having three games without winning in the Premier, comes out even more hurt and closer to relegation than to the leadership of the competition.
The Spanish coach got a quite offensive eleven and that was worth him to take the helm of the match, but the need to put more men in the last three quarters of the court, to generate superiorities and, above all, the increases of Héctor Bellerín, which left discovered the right band, they were a very high price to pay.
Tottenham was a bullet as soon as Arsenal lost the ball and exploded that mine that were the open spaces.
In one of those that the ‘Gunners’ swarmed by the front of Hugo Lloris, the loss of the ball was a counterattack launched by Kane, from behind, in the center of the field. Son picked up the ball and shot off to Bernd Leno’s area.
He got to the front, outlined for his right leg and struck a curved shot at the squad.
A marvel that crushed Arsenal and fell into the same trap again just before half-time.
In another counterattack, Thomas Partey, who was injured, was not to cut in the middle, and Tottenham planted in the front with a five against two.
Lo Celso gave it to Son, he left it to Kane and the Englishman shot Leno to become, with eleven goals, the greatest historical scorer in the North London derby.
Arteta, who had graduated from playing great games before the greats – that’s how he conquered the last FA Cup – was taking a lesson from Mourinho. Although he managed to level the balance with the entry of Dan Ceballos in the middle, Arsenal continued with the ball, but without danger.
Tottenham, as it happened in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea, was very comfortable with the game and the scoreboard and only suffered at some point with concrete. Arsenal had a header from Lacazette to cut back, but the work of Hojbjerg and Sissoko, ahead of the defense of four, to contain the attacks, was enough to keep it 2-0.
Mourinho’s men return to the top of the table, with 24 points, two ahead of Chelsea, while Arsenal is fifteenth, with thirteen points, seven above relegation.