Arsenal returned to type on Saturday afternoon, suffering a 1-0 defeat at arch-rivals Tottenham in the north London derby.
The Gunners kept the home side relatively quiet at Wembley in the first half of Saturday’s game. However, in the second half, Mauricio Pochettino’s side could have added to their one-goal lead.
Arsene Wenger’s side did have some limited chances in the second period. However, it would be a stretch to say that Arsenal deserved anything out of the game.
Big attacking players failed to turn up
Arsenal went into the derby clash on the back of a 5-1 hammering of Everton last weekend. The Toffees were woeful at the Emirates Stadium, but it was encouraging to see both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrik Mkhitaryan having such a big impact on their home debuts for the north London club.
The Gunners attacking trio of Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil had the potential to cause Tottenham so many defensive problems. However, they failed to turn up.
Substitute Alexandre Lacazette had and missed the visitor’s best two chances, while at the other end England striker Harry Kane once again made a telling impact on a derby game.
The difference in the two teams attacking players was stark. Kane looked like he had the quality and the motivation to help his team. Arsenal’s forward players, in contrast, struggled to have much of an impact in the game.
Away blues continue for Arsenal
Arsenal have been poor on their travels in the Premier League in recent months. In fact, the Gunners have now lost their last three games on their travels in the top-flight.
Three wins in their last 14 away games in the top-flight is also a poor record for the team from north London. Wenger’s side are just not good enough defensively away from home. A revamp of the defence is needed in the summer, as is a rethink about the defensive midfield options.
Arsenal major outsiders for the top-four
Arsenal are now major outsiders to finish in the Premier League’s top-four this season at odds of 10/1. The north London clubs odds have not really changed that much during the campaign.
The Gunners are currently six points behind fourth-place Liverpool. However, that could be a bigger gap by Monday night, with both the Merseysiders and fifth-place Chelsea still to play this weekend.
The north London derby did not teach us anything we did not already know. Arsenal will struggle to finish in the top-four this season, despite Arsene Wenger’s January revamp of his squad.
Which area of the Arsenal team disappointed the most in the derby defeat?