Tottenham 2 – 1 Arsenal
The North London Derby, away at White Hart Lane. Does anything more need to be said?
Spurs started the game fired up, as per usual.
Arsenal were set out well defensively, with Coquelin providing the stability. Welbeck was looking like a man fresh back from injury, but Ozil and Giroud were still looking slick after good performances at Aston Villa.
“Giroud’s mis-kick found Ozil alone at the far post after a good Welbeck run. The Turk then volleyed it past Lloris with precision…”
As it happens, it was Mesut Ozil again with the goal to start things off. Giroud’s mis-kick found Ozil alone at the far post after a good Welbeck run. The Turk then volleyed it past Lloris with precision.
The rest of the half was quiet for The Gunners, although Ospina had to make a number of saves — and make them he did.
Spurs came out energised once again in the second half, while Arsenal looked tentative.
It wasn’t really a surprise then, when Harry Kane slotted home fro m a few yards out following a corner. The pressure was now on, and it was starting to look like Arsenal may not even turn up to this game.
“In the end Arsenal went out with a whimper. No fight, no passion, no points.”
Tottenham continued to press, and Arsenal continued to show signs of frailty. The game looked like it was going one way, and it was.
In the eighty-sixth minute, Bentaleb smashed in a cross from far out, allowing Harry Kane to rise above Koscielny and guide a header back across goal. There was nothing Ospina could have done to stop it going in.
Arsenal threw on Walcott and Rosicky, but it was too little too late. Tottenham had the bit between their teeth, and The Gunners just didn’t look up to it.
In the end Arsenal went out with a whimper. No fight, no passion, no points.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Will have his critics because he parried many shots into danger (although he did well to get to them in the first place), but I thought Ospina saved us from a bigger defeat today. He made an array of good stops. Distribution was poor though.
Keeping Gibbs out for a reason. The Spaniard won tackles and headers well, and worked hard all game.
Worrying. Chested two balls down into danger, looked a little weak in the tackle.
Did well at times, but simply didn’t do enough to stop Kane’s winner. Made it far, far too easy.
The occasion got to him, I think. His positioning in the first half was disastrous, and he rarely got forward at all. Didn’t have much help from Welbeck though.
Not his best performance since arriving back, but he still made good tackles and broke up play relatively well.
Ozil: [7.5/10] – MOTM
It’s not that Ozil had a worldy, because he didn’t. But, he kept his cool when in possession, made himself available in every attack, and played in some good crosses. His finish was absolutely superb, too.
Passing wasn’t great, didn’t create anything, looked non-existent at times.
Tackling wasn’t great, passing wasn’t great, attacking threat was extremely poor.
the only notable contribution from Danny was in the build up to Ozil’s goal, where he showed a good turn of pace. Other than that, he was sloppy on the ball, weak in the tackle and slow to react to almost everything. It was a poor decision to play him.
It would be easy to point the finger at Olivier and ask why he didn’t grab a goal. Yet, the delivery to him was limited. Ozil played in a couple of crosses, but that was about it. He tracked back, worked hard, and tried.
Once again, it’s our own lack of energy and urgency that lets Tottenham slip through with a win.
Were they the better side? Definitely. But that’s nothing for them to be proud of. We were awful in almost every sense.
Ospina, although his parrying tendencies will annoy some, saved us on a number of occasions. Ozil, although relatively quiet (mainly because the rest of the midfield couldn’t string two passes together), was our only creative spark, and goal scorer.
Cazorla was no where. Ramsey was running around doing more harm than good, and Mertesacker just looked out of his depth. Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck was prancing around, smacking every ball that came near him as an excuse for a first touch.
You can’t win derbies like that.
Leicester at home next. Let’s hope the return of Alexis can help put this disgraceful performance behind us.