Full Time: Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
It’s all over at the Emirates, where Tottenham Hotspur have had their Shorts pulled down by team Arsenal that had just won it’s 11th straight Premier League game at home. Spurs stay in third, level on points with Manchester United and eight points behind leaders Manchester City. Arsenal move up fifth, one point behind their neighbours and lagging behind Chelsea on goal difference.
Mauricio Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez, who is a genuinely lovely fellow, was not at his friendliest moment as the teams went off for half-time. He waited at the end of the tunnel to give referee Mike Dean both barrels as the ref walked off for half-time. As we patiently waited for the comeback of second half, Pochettino is deep in conversation with fourth official Kevin Friend. The pair do have every right to be upset with the free-kick that led to Arsenal’s first goal – there was no foul by Tottenham’s Sanchez on his Arsenal namesake.
Marginal offside for both Arsenal goals: Replays show that both Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez were a fraction offside for their goals, but we’re only talking millimetres here. Any Tottenham Hotspur fan looking to blame the match officials for the current pickle in which they find themselves are clutching at straws. They’ve been woeful today and can probably consider themselves lucky to be no more than two goals down.
In related news, a replay of Arsenal’s second shows that Hugo Lloris was caught flat-footed as the ball was crossed to Sanchez and therefore couldn’t dash off his line when the ball moved off Sanchez’s thigh. This afforded the Chilean a second bite of the cherry and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net from a very tight angle as the Spurs goalkeeper was caught off balance while trying to adjust his feet. Lloris may be one of the best goalkeepers in the world at moment, but that’s one he won’t want to see again: he looked like he had worn his boots on the wrong feet.
Arsenal go in for the interval with a two-goal lead that is no more than they deserve. Spurs have been uncharacteristically awful: off the pace, poor in possession, woeful in defence and showing little up front either. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have offered little or nothing, while Harry Kane is attempting to feed off scraps.
Alexis Sanchez bundles the ball home with his second bite of the cherry after getting on the end of a low cross from Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal Vs. Tottenham Line-ups
- Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette.
- Subs: Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ospina, Iwobi, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin.
- Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Vertonghen, Trippier, Sissoko, Dembele, Eriksen, Davies, Alli, Kane.
- Subs: Son, Vorm, Llorente, Foyth, Aurier, Winks, Walker-Peters.
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