Jose Mourinho see off Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on Sunday afternoon at the Tottenham’s new stadium.
Arsenal were the visitor to their North London neighbours Tottenham, it was an exciting but strange derby, given the fact that both set of fans were not in the stadium to witness the game, due to the Covid19 pandemic.
The home side started brightly with Brazilian Lucas Moura testing Arsenal’s goalkeeper Martinez with a good hit from outside the bus which the Argentine keeper gathered comfortably. The visitors were sloppy in position few minutes later with Harry Kane nearly opening the scoring with a lob over Martinez but the keeper was equal to the task.
Arsenal soon took control of the game and deservely went in front on the 16th minute through a wonderful shot from Alexander Lacazette from 25yards out. The lead only lasted for a few minutes and a mix up between Kolasinac and David Luiz in the defence allowed Son Heun Min to be through on goal and the South Korean would make no mistake to find the back of the net in 19th minute.
Arsenal continued to dominate position but weren’t creating a clear cut chances while the home side Tottenham defended brilliantly. The first half ended with the score line being 1-1 for both sides.
Arteta’s men started the second half just the way they ended the first domination positions with 82% of the ball position to the home side’s 18. The red side of the North London almost took the lead through star striker Aubameyang on the 62nd minute but his shot from inside the box could only rattle Hugo Lori’s cross bar.
Tottenham on numerous occasion tries to find space with long balls through the right-hand channels of Arsenal’s defence with Harry Kane and Son Heun Min getting the better of Mustafi every now and then. Arsenal continued to pass the ball around comfortably without really putting Mourinho’s men under a good pressure as the home side sat deep looking to hit them on the break.
Spurs took the lead on the 81st minute through Belgium’s defender Toby Alderweield with a good header from a Corner. The goal was really expected because despite the away side’s domination of ball position they always look vulnerable defensively whenever Tottenham hit them on the break.
Arteta would soon make a triple substitutions with Joe Willock, Ress Nelson and Cedric Soares coming on for Kerian Tierney, Saed Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin to try to find the equalizer. The home side stood firm to see out the game to take the much needed 3points in their race for European football next season. While Arsenal who take on Liverpool in their next Premier league encounter was dealt a huge blow in their race for European football next season.