As we all know, Arsenal recorded a magnificent 4-2 win over arch-rivals Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday afternoon. The derby had absolutely everything, as the two teams went at it in a highly entertaining encounter.
The Gunners resilience to come back from 2-1 down to record what could be a pivotal victory in the race for the Champions League places.
Good management by Emery
Much of the credit for the comeback must go to Gunners boss Unai Emery. The Spanish boss could see that the starting line-up he picked was not working out in the latter stages of the first half and remedied the situation at half time.
The Gunners looked much better in the second half, with Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey causing the Spurs defence major problems. Emery’s tactical ability had been questioned at PSG, but so far at Arsenal he his tactical acumen has looked very good.
A team does not good 19 games without defeat in all competitions by having a boss with poor tactical acumen in the dugout.
May not have won that game last season
It is always difficult to compare a team managed by two different bosses. However, towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, Arsenal were a soft touch. For me, the Gunners would probably have lost that game last season, as much worse teams than Spurs defeated Arsenal in Wenger’s last campaign.
However, Arsenal under Emery look like a much tougher opponent. The signing of tenacious Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira in the summer is looking better and better with every game he has plays for the north London side.
Torreira is built for the heat of a derby game and rounded off a good display with his first ever Arsenal goal. It was clear to all watching what the goal meant to Torreira by his celebrations.
Arsenal in the thick of the battle for a top-four spot
The expectations of the Arsenal fans have had to change in recent seasons. However, this season’s aim was no doubt to finish in the top four, something the Gunners are now odds of 6/5 to achieve this season. Their display against Spurs proves that after a couple of years out of Europe’s elite competition, the Gunners have a good chance of sealing a top-four spot this season and are right in the thick of the battle for a top-four finish.
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