Arsenal’s future under Mikel Arteta will not always allow them to play big games against complicit and clumsy opponents like today. Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham team had a poor effort in the north London derby. Arsenal, on the other hand, were fantastic. Mikel Arteta finally got a taste of the bold, creative, and brilliant football he had promised to deliver. All that’s left for the Spaniard to do now is deliver some more of it.
Arsenal won by a score of 3-1 in the end, although the gap felt larger. It certainly felt more meaningful in terms of the teams’ respective travel paths.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 26, 2021
Arsenal have taken off! If the victories against Norwich and Burnley were the foundations, Arsenal’s season was undoubtedly sparked by their exciting 3-1 triumph over Spurs on Sunday.
They were at the bottom of the Premier League just a fortnight ago, while Tottenham were at the top.
Mikel Arteta’s team are currently above Spurs, in the top half of the standings, and only five points behind leaders Liverpool after three games.
It’s been a stunning turnaround in just two weeks, and Arteta will be hoping his team has finally put the misery of their first three defeats behind them.
This victory – not just in terms of the score, but also in terms of the manner in which it was achieved – seemed like a watershed moment for Arsenal and Arteta.
A Ruthless Arsenal Perfomance
Arsenal dominated for 45 minutes. During an enthralling first half, they blasted Spurs away with a performance that demonstrated why Arteta believes his young team is on the right road.
Arsenal’s starting XI had an average age of just 24, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being the only player over 30.
And it was that youthful vigor that Spurs were unable to contain.
They got off to a flying start and were in front after only 12 minutes, thanks to a goal from the club’s Hale End academy.
Granit Xhaka, who had returned to the team following his suspension, found Martin Odegaard, who found Bukayo Saka down the right flank.
The England international sped towards the area before squaring the ball for Emile Smith Rowe, another academy graduate, to score his first league goal of the season.
Arsenal had a perfect start. Things got even better on 27 minutes when Aubameyang doubled the lead after a brilliant team move.
Arsenal weren’t finished yet. Just six minutes later, it was 3-0, and this time Saka was the one on target.
With Harry Kane redirecting the ball into Saka’s path, the goal may have been a stroke of luck. But it was just recompense for Arsenal’s dominance in the first half.
This was a long cry from the early-season defeats at Brentford, Chelsea, and Manchester City.
The second half was significantly less convincing. With Spurs snatching a goal back 15 minutes from time through Son Heung-Min, but the game was already over.
▪️ Three losses
▪️ Nine goals conceded
▪️ One goal scored
▪️ Harry Kane still goalless in the league
Tottenham’s last three Premier League games 🥴 pic.twitter.com/gSfSHmalBI
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 26, 2021
The Gunners Need to Keep this Momentum Going!
They’ve won four straight games in all competitions and are only four points out of the top four.
After appearing to be in crisis just two weeks ago, the Gunners are already beginning to resemble a revived club.
Summer signings Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, and Takehiro Tomiyasu have all been placed in a new-look defense. Giving the team a youthful feel.
Thomas Partey has returned from injury and looks as good as he did when he arrived from Atletico Madrid last summer, while Odegaard is in charge of the last third.
All six of Arsenal’s summer signings were part in the game. With both Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares going on as second-half substitutes.
Arsenal has been working on this project for a long time, and we are finally seeing results.
There’s still a long way to go, and there will undoubtedly be more bumps in the road, but they look to have regained their bearings.
The new acquisitions have given this club a new lease on life, and Smith Rowe and Saka continue to improve.
Just over a fortnight ago, the season was on the verge of devolving into total pandemonium. Now, things are looking very different.
The Gunners are Firing Again!