Arsenal surely arent here to have another average season, are they? There might be something special in store for them as they schooled Conte’s Tottenham on derby day.
The gunners were back with their best playing XI with their regular 4231 setup. Martinelli set the tone by hitting the near post in the opening minutes as half the team was already on their opposition’s half.
Arsenal dictating terms against Tottenham
4231 evolved to a 235 as they played a high line with almost 90% of the possession. It could have worked counter-productively for Spurs as they incorporate counter-attacking football which requires space on the opposition’s lane. With Arsenal having a high line they could have taken advantage of it but they weren’t given a sniff.
Thomas Partey took matters into his own hands by sticking one in the top bins with 21 passes getting strung together leading up to the goal.
Gabriel’s rush tackle cost them a penalty as England captain, Harry Kane, put one down the middle to even things up.
Arteta might have lost his voice at halftime as some players might have gotten stern addressing from him as they were completely a different team in the second half.
Jesus capitalized on Llorris’s fumble and put the Gunners ahead of them at the hour mark.
Anthony Taylor showed Emerson the color of North London and sent him back for an early shower owing to his unnecessary challenge on Martinelli.
Minutes later, Granit scored the winner as he is currently having the best prolific season for Arsenal.
Derby day delight for the Gunners
The Gunners played Spurs out of the park and they face Liverpool next. The Emirates could be deemed as Arsenal’s fortress if they could handle the intense pressure of Liverpool and come along with three points. A core group of players are shining together and stringing together good performances. The Premier League trophy might just be within their grasp if they can keep at it.
The fact that they were able to play a clinical game against their arch-rivals must have given them a boost of morale ahead of their match against Liverpool.