Repeatedly. Not Paddy, but Arsenal breaking down Tottenham’s right flank on Sunday evening gave The Gunners a North London Derby Delight. Jose Mourinho’s team appeared unprepared to face Kieran Tierney and Emile Smith Rowe.
The Hale End Superstar found himself dovetailing on Arsenal’s left flank and he created many problems for Spurs right back Matt Doherty.
Smith Rowe frequently positioned himself inside. Allowing Tierney to move outside of him, which drew Spurs right-back (and lifelong Gooner) Matt Doherty to Tierney on the flank. From there, Smith Rowe had the drive and acceleration to burst into the right-back area on a consistent basis.
North London Derby Talking Tactics (Arsenal vs Tottenham
Tottenham’s Harry Kane has always been profilic when it comes to punishing Arsenal in the North London Derbies. The bragging rights of this match are exceptional and they always comes with putting bodies on the line.
The managers will always want to give the best tactics that can win them the game. Only one will come out as the best.
However, on Super Sunday Match Day, it seems like Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal produced a tactics genius to win them this massive match in the Premier League.
As a result of all of this, Arsenal always dominated the game in the manner of Mourinho: without possession. By dictating where Spurs would be able to get the ball.
On Sunday, Tottenham had 434 touches of the ball, with 59 percent of them occurring in their own defensive third. Prior to Sunday, their highest number of touches in their own third in a game this season was 54 percent in a 2-1 loss to pres.
Even when Spurs did have the ball (until the red card). Arsenal made sure it was not in a dangerous area. Arsenal won the ball high up in the air, cutting off short options. This allows Nicolas Pepe to intercept an ineffective Lloris goal-kick for the winner.
There was a lot to like about Arsenal’s first 75 minutes or so, when they moved off the ball to split Tottenham, then moved against it to force them backwards and into mistakes.
The outcome may have been sealed by a stroke of luck in the end, but Mikel Arteta and his players had done everything correctly up until that point and clearly only had nerves and confidence issues to overcome. That is incorrect.
After all have been said, the mantra on most Arsenal fans will always be; London Is Red, and that was never in doubt from the first place!