Emery wins first London derby

A very lively London derby ended in a 4-2 win for Arsenal today. Fans were spoiled with a fantastic, fiery encounter between two old rivals. Spurs had slightly overtaken Arsenal in the last two years of Wenger’s reign but now it looks like the supremacy could be coming back to the Emirates Stadium under Unai Emery.

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The first half started with Arsenal dominating proceedings and taking the lead via an Aubameyang penalty when Vertonghen batted the ball away with his hands as Mustafi was about to head it towards the goal.

Arsenal could then have gotten a couple more as they attacked Lloris’ goal and Spurs watched helplessly.

In the 30th minute, Eriksen crossed in a perfect free-kick from the left wing for Eric Dier to head at the first post. It’s debatable whether Arsenal shot stopper Bernd Leno could have done better to prevent the goal but the pace of the cross and the fact that the ball was headed in the groud made it tough for thr German.

Spurs were now galvanized. A few minutes later, Heung Min Son was fouled in the penalty area, albeit with what seemed to be very minimal contact from Rob Holding. Harry Kane slotted the ball it coolly to put Spurs ahead 1-2. Arsenal fans were incredulous.

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On came Lacazette and Ramsey after the break.

In the second half, Arsenal showed a lot of resilience to come back from behind and win the game. They kept Spurs at bay and brilliantly crafted opportunities at the other hand. Aubameyang showed the extent of his talent when he confidently took a shot from outside the box when everybody was expecting him to hold it up and try to find a teammate. 2-2.

After that, frenchman Lacazette was lucky to see his deflected shot get past Lloris. The ball hit Eric Dier on the shin and there’s nothing Lloris could do except watch the ball go in. Spurs were floored.

Only 2 minutes and 45 seconds later, Aubameyang sliced te Spurs defence again with a killer pass for Lucas Torreira. The Uruguayan midfielder took it beuatifully. Out of all players on the pitch, maybe he’s the one who deserved a goal most for his energetic, man of the match worthy display.

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Arsenal have finally claimed the scalp of a top 6 member and the Gunners’ fans will be happy it’s against Spurs. As I wrote earlier in one of my articles, Emery needed to beat a top team to be considered as a serious contender. An 18-game unbeaten run is amazing but loses importance if you do not defeat the top teams in the league.

Emery now has a first top six scalp and with Manchester United coming up during the week, could very well get a second one. 

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