Such decisive, precise and deadly Arsenal had not been seen in many years at the Emirates Stadium. A team that thrashed Tottenham Hotspur (3-1) in the North London derby to sign one of the best games of the Arteta era.
The battle that usually involves the derby between Arsenal and Tottenham lasted what it took for the two teams to jump onto the pitch. A tactical fight between Arteta and Nuno was foreseen, but the Spaniard gave him a bath. The Arsenal had invoked a time machine and it was the team that dazzled the world with quality, touch and precision.
He was unleashed, leaning the grass toward Lloris’s goal and dwarfing a Tottenham who couldn’t even hold onto Harry Kane and Heung-min Son above. At 12 minutes they fell the first blow, a snatch by Saka’s wing, which went from a weak Reguilón to put a pass back that caged Smith-Rowe.
Ecstasy for Arsenal, who have tasted few joys recently and for whom these games are almost a title. And the best was yet to come. The whipping of Aubameyang, out, and of Thomas, saved by Lloris, preceded the catharsis of goals ‘Gunners’.
Aubameyang first, completing a book counterattack, a wall in the middle with Smith-Rowe, young ’10’ race to the area, left behind and the Gabonese in with his left foot. And Saka finished off the first part of luxury, in another masterful against Arteta’s men, this time sprinkled with a pinch of bad luck for Kane, who would be wondering why he did not leave Tottenham in the summer.
The forward lost the ball in the front of the Arsenal area, and the ‘Gunners’ took the play to Lloris’ goal. Saka, the driver of the transition, in an attempt to connect with Auba, encountered Kane, who had come down to defend his loss, but who, by blocking the pass, left the ball free for Saka to define low.
3-0, Arsenal had annihilated the London derby in 45 minutes. The second part was a military walk for an Arsenal that ended up receiving ‘olés’ from the stands, without having to give more rhythm to the game and seeing how even Tottenham’s insurance failed. Kane, at the opportunity to make it 3-1 and give some excitement, erred in front of Ramsdale, biting her off the track.
It had to be Son, in a play started by Bryan Gil fighting the ball from the ground, the one to cut the gap. But it was a world that Tottenham had to fight, which had also seen part of its fans leave the Emirates 20 minutes from the end and whose luck was elusive when the last of the match, that of making up a 3-2 in Lucas Moura boots, he went to the crossbar.
The victory, together with the FA Cup achieved a year and a half ago, is the brightest of Arteta’s stage in London and means adding nine points from the last nine, to place tenth in the table. The ‘Spurs’ are also eleventh with nine units, but with three losses conceded in the last three dates.
– Data sheet:
3 – Arsenal: Ramsdale; Tierney, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Xhaka (Lokonga, m.82), Partey, Odegaard; Smith-Rowe (Tavares, m.88), Saka (Maitland-Niles, m.87) and Aubameyang.
1 – Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Reguilón, Davinson, Dier, Tanganga (Emerson, m.46); Hojbjerg, Ndombele (Gil, m.70), Alli (Skipp, m.46); They are, Moura and Kane.
Goals: 1-0. Smith Rowe, m.12, 2-0. Aubameyang, m.27, 3-0. Saka, m.34 and 3-1. They are, m.79.
Referee: Craig Pawson admonished Odegaard (m.89) and Lokonga (m.91) by Arsenal and Skipp (m.68) by the visitors.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the sixth day of the Premier League played at the Emirates Stadium (London).