Unai Emery experienced happy memory in his first North London derby
Arsene Wenger never gave much importance to North London derby. His Arsenal side always maintained a superiority over Spurs and he always held the view that there is only one club in North London and it’s Arsenal. Unai Emery continuing on with his legacy started his North London derby in winning ways as well. Emery experienced happy memory in his first North London derby as Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2.
No one fancied Arsenal to go for a great victory knowing Spurs will arrive at Emirates high on confidence. They end Chelsea’s unbeaten run last week and registered a thumping victory over Inter Milan in midweek to keep alive their Champions League knockout hopes. But, they fall flat against Arsenal, especially in second-half as Arsenal go on to win the match 4-2.
🔴 NORTH LONDON IS RED 🔴
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AND NEVER, EVER FORGET IT! 😎 pic.twitter.com/E8KeROIHwU
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 2, 2018
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave an early lead to Gunners as Jan Vertonghen served the purpose handling a ball inside the penalty area. Aubameyang didn’t need a second invitation to give Arsenal lead from the penalty spot.
However, Spurs back themselves in the game quickly as they responded with two quick goals. Eric Dier leveled the score for the visitors before Harry Kane gave a lead to his team from the penalty spot.
It was an even game before second-half, but Arsenal completely dominated the game in second-half. Aubameyang earned an equalizer for Arsenal in 56th minute to score his brace of the night and taking his tally to 10 goals in Premier League.
A draw would have been considered a good result knowing the intensity and rivalry between the both sides, but Unai Emery side was hungry for more. This Arsenal side have completely transformed after first two defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira kept the fighting spirit on in latter half of the game and they won the match for Arsenal with their goals. It helped Arsenal to come back in top four of Premier League after a long time on the expense of their city rival Tottenham Hotspur. Gunners leapfrogged Spurs on goal difference with same 30 points on the table.
It felt like Spurs were not ready for playing three top notch games within a week. They played Chelsea last week, played Inter Milan in midweek, and now North London rivals Arsenal. They had enough energy to maintain the momentum during first 45 minutes, but they really looked burned out over the 90 minutes.
Unai Emery sensed an opportunity and brought Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette to start the second-half. Both made an immediate impact and shattered Tottenham Hotspur’s confidence.