Heading into half time it certainly felt like there was a change in momentum, but the important thing for Arsenal was that they didn’t concede another. They were able to re-group, analyse the situation and consider what they needed to do in order to improve. Spurs are a great side but it was somewhat obvious to see that they were fortunate to go into half time with the lead, but thankfully, we all knew that they weren’t going to try and sit back on it – because let’s face it, this is the North London Derby we’re talking about here.
Arsenal came out like a house on fire in the second half with the same kind of fire that we saw in the first, confirming that we were in for a real treat. That man again Aubamenyang brought them level and became the first player to reach 10 goals this season in the process, and we aren’t exaggerating when we say that there was only ever going to be one team winning the game from that point on.
Alexandre Lacazette, who many fans were worried wouldn’t be back to full fitness for this one, gave Arsenal the lead with just over 15 minutes remaining – courtesy of an Eric Dier deflection, too. We aren’t the kind of people who want to heap the misery on a rival player, but given his celebration, it feels like that isn’t the worst thing that we could do.
Lucas Torreira, who has been phenomenal for Arsenal this season, got in on the act with a really stunning solo goal, and while Spurs were partly at fault for it, the home side were the ones who pushed them into making these mistakes. They were ruthless, and that’s not a word that we used to describe them in years gone by.
So soak it in, everyone, because we truly mean it when we say that we believe Arsenal have begun turning a corner. They feel and look like a team that are no longer in transition, but are exactly where they need to be. The quality on display in the Premier League means that many fans will look at them being in 4th and think that Emery isn’t doing a great job, when in reality, the majority of Gunners supporters would’ve bitten your hand off if you’d have offered them 4th and a 19 game unbeaten run at this stage of the campaign.
Just how much further can Arsenal go under Unai Emery?