Match Report

Match Review: Wembley woe for Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur move seven points clear of their local rivals in a 1-0 “thrashing”. For Arsenal, it was their first Wembley defeat since the 2011 League Cup final.

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Setting the scene

This was a match where both sides knew what they had to do. Though both sides have two Champions League avenues, the coveted 4th spot was up for grabs.

First half

Despite this half being goalless, there were plenty of chances from either side. Harry Kane saw his headed opportunity fly over following a neat cross from Christian Eriksen, and Dele Alli saw his mis-kicked effort skim wide of the target.

Arsenal had efforts at goal as well, though none were as good as their opponents. Hector Bellerin tried one from outside the box, but couldn’t quite finish.

New signing Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang was fed through by Jack Wilshere earlier on but was flagged offside. Was he offside though? We’ll discuss at the end…

How did that half finish 0-0? We wonder…

Second half

THAT MAN scored YET ANOTHER North London derby goal with a header following a timed cross from Ben Davies. Six in seven! That’s surely got to be a record?

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Kane was unlucky not to double the lead as he went close with a diving header which nearly made it 2-0 from close range! Try and stop that man from getting chances!

Although Arsenal were on the back foot for the majority of the half, Petr Cech was aware to block efforts from Kane, and Eriksen (free kick) to keep the score at 1-0.

Jack Wilshere staked a claim for his side with a great shot from outside the box which was saved by Hugo Lloris. Great shot and equally a great save!

Deep into the second half, there was an awkward mix-up between Shkodran Mustafi and Cech which allowed Alli to attempt to gain an advantage but luckily, the ball came too fast for him. 

Alli could’ve wrapped up three points, but somehow managed to fluff his chance. I have no idea how he didn’t score.

Cech was turning a fine display into a Man of the Match performance when he blocked yet another effort from Kane!

Towards the end, Alexandre Lacazette had the opportunity to snatch a draw, but he drifted his effort wide. Though he was criticised for doing so, this person brought up an interesting point as to why Lacazette failed to score from that position.

Thoughts on the game

The home side were clinical, whilst Arsenal were anything but. The lacklustre second half ultimately told the story of the season – consistently inconsistent. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s side dug deep for the win to leave Arsene Wenger’s side to ponder what might’ve been.

Now, we talk whether Aubameyang was offside or not. To me, he was level, but to give offside was rather questionable. What do you think? 

Next up

Tottenham Hotspur are back in league action when they visit Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace. As for Arsenal, they entertain Manchester City in early March.

Featured image credit: Flippo

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