Arsenal made some excellent acquisitions in the transfer market this summer, most notably defensive midfielder Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid and centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille OSC. However, manager Mikel Arteta obviously wanted an attacking midfielder brought in as well, but the club reportedly failed to reach an agreement with Olympique Lyon for Houssem Aouar and the boss’s wish remains to be hopefully fulfilled in one of the next two windows.
When it comes to technical ability German playmaker Mesut Ozil is probably Arsenal’s best player. However, technical ability is not always enough for a player to contribute successfully to a team.
A player also has to have the right mental attributes to become a top player or a successful team player. Mesut Ozil has never developed beyond into a truly world-class player and his lack of mental strength is arguably the reason for his lack of development improvement.
Arsenal’s display in the 2-0 north London derby defeat at neighbours Tottenham on Sunday was a worrying one. Not only did the team seem to lack quality, they seemed to lack heart and desire, which is unacceptable in a derby match.
It is hard to say, but the Gunners outclassed by their neighbours. However, the Tottenham players just seemed to want the win more than Arsene Wenger’s side. The first half was relatively even, but the home side could have been two goals up by half-time.
Arsenal’s chances of a top-four finish this season were handed a blow on Sunday, as the Gunners suffered a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham in the north London derby.
The home side made a lightning quick start and had the first effort on goal with less than a minute on the clock. Dele Alli found Harry Kane, who advanced towards goal and fired an effort through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s legs, only for Petr Cech to get down well to deny the Spurs striker.
The home side were also had the next attempt on six minutes. Christian Eriksen curled in a corner from Spurs right and Tobey Alderweireld headed just over the bar.
An entertaining north London derby on Sunday afternoon finished 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium, as Harry Kane equalised for the visitors after Arsenal had taken the lead through an own goal from Kevin Wimmer.
Tottenham had the first attempt on goal on just four minutes. Danny Rose’s cross to the far post was head over the bar by Kyle Walker. The game then went into a scrappy period of play with neither side keeping possession very well.
Tottenham and Arsenal drew 2-2 at White Hart Lane on Saturday in an entertaining derby that did neither club any favours in the Premier League title race.
The first attempt on goal of the game arrived on five minutes, as Gunners stand-in ‘keeper David Ospina produced a comfortable save from Harry Kane. Soon afterwards Kane had another attempt on goal but could only fire straight at Ospina.
Just a minute later and Kane makes it a hat-trick of missed chances, as he fired a long-range effort at goal deflected over the bar. The resulting corner came to nothing.
Arsenal and Tottenham played out a 1-1 draw in the north London derby on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium. Kieran Gibbs equalised in the second half, after Harry Kane opened the scoring in the first half.
Despite a lively start to the game, the first real attempt on goal did not come until the 19th minute, as Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele saw a shot deflect wide of goal. The resulting corner kick was played short and Christian Eriksen fired wide from a tight angle.
Arsenal’s fine form came to a halt, as the Gunners suffered a 2-1 defeat at arch-rivals Tottenham courtesy of a Harry Kane brace.
The first shot on goal came on five minutes. Spurs striker Harry Kane curled an effort towards goal from the edge of the area, only for David Ospina to produce a fine save. However, it was Arsenal that took the lead on 11 minutes.
Danny Welbeck used his pace to take on Danny Rose. The former-United man’s cross found Olivier Giroud who laid the ball off to Mesut Ozil and the German placed a fantastic volley into the corner of the net.
Arsenal visit north London rivals Tottenham in the early kick-off on Saturday looking to move back into the top four of the Premier League.
The Gunners are currently fifth, behind fourth-place Southampton only on goal difference. A draw would take Arsene Wenger’s side temporarily back into the top four, as the Saints visit struggling QPR later on in the day.
Arsenal have claimed five consecutive victories in all competitions and have won five out of their last six Premier League games. Their only defeat in the last six games came at Southampton’s St Marys.
Arsenal visits arch-rivals Tottenham in the early kick-off on Saturday. The game at White Hart Lane will kick-off with just two point separating fifth-place Arsenal with their sixth place opponents. Both teams have hit form of late and both look like realistic contenders for a Champions League spot.
The Gunners have hit form in recent games with five consecutive wins in all competitions. Spurs have won four out of their previous six games in all competitions. Tottenham have picked-up just two less points than the Gunners in their last six Premier League games.