Heading into the North London Derby at the weekend, it almost certainly felt like things were evenly balanced between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The two clubs have had equal highs and lows in the Premier League and in Europe this season, and many fans had different theories as to how the game may or may not unfold. Now, as we prepare to look back on it all, it’s important to remember that this what how people viewed the situation.
So now to the game. It’s not unfair to suggest that Arsenal and Spurs, technically speaking, are two of the best clubs in the Premier League. They have a certain ‘flair’ between them that makes the majority of their games extremely fun to watch, and that was no different at the Emirates. They were able to trade back and forth like two old school boxing heavyweights, and that’s always a fun dynamic to create – especially between bitter rivals.
Arsenal pretty much kicked off the game in the kind of manner that you’d expect, with a high tempo that allowed them to showcase their attacking talent from the first minute until the very last. Pierre-Emerick Aubaemyang opened the scoring from the penalty spot within ten minutes, and when you examine his body of work for the Gunners this season, it’s not exactly ridiculous to suggest that he’s quickly becoming one of the most intriguing and well rounded forwards in the game today.
That sounds a little bit ‘over the top’ but we feel like it’s more than accurate, and he seems to be going from strength to strength as time goes on. Obviously having the kind of players around him that he does certainly helps matters, but he still has to produce the goods and he has been able to step up to the plate and then some.
Of course, a crazy five minute spell between the 30th and the 35th minute seems to be the only black mark on this game, with the Gunners falling asleep on a free kick before a bizarre penalty decision allowed Harry Kane to give the visitors the lead from the penalty spot. Oh, and did we mention that the goalscorer of the free kick was Eric Dier, who took it upon himself to try and ‘silence’ the crowd? Yeah, perhaps that wasn’t the best decision he’s ever made.
To be continued..