Well. It’s not the end of the world.
The third Premier League game of the season concludes with Arsenal overcoming the Spurs in the first North London Derby at the Emirates stadium. Spurs rarely threatened the hosts and unfortunately couldn’t muster up anything even with the addition of record signing Erik Lamela.
The game began very poorly and Tottenham were on the back foot from the off. The main threat from Spurs came down the right flank with Walker and Townsend however nothing came off. Nacer Chadli impressed in early stages however the balls he delivered were never met and unfortunately the Arsenal took the lead by Oliver Giroud after Michael Dawson failed to notice the Frenchman slip in behind him on the 23rd minute.
Tottenham then pressed slightly however Arsenal’s defensive line appeared unbreakable. Tottenham couldn’t open up and there were huge gaps in our attacking line. A huge space in the number 10 role was never filled and Etienne Capoue appeared to be the only ray of light in an otherwise panicky midfield. The Half time break came at the perfect time for Spurs. AVB needed to give them a rocket up the a*** and some additions were needed however Tottenham’s side returned unchanged.
The Second half appeared a lot stronger. Arsenal sat back for the first five minutes and despite continuous pressing from Kyle Walker (whom had a decent game today) failed to poach a threat to Szcezsny’s goal. Tottenham continued to persist however and a congested box limited their shots when Soldado, Walker and others pushed onto the goal.
The half saw Arsenal with a few chances including another Giroud effort was well saved by Hugo Lloris whom was consistently good for the whole game. Etienne Capoue suffered a nasty ankle injury in the second half which could rule him out for some time. This produced the appearance of Sandro and new boy Erik Lamela in a final surge from the Lilywhites. The final stages were filled with crosses and passes however nothing failed to threaten the Arsenal goal.
MOTM: Hugo Lloris. Despite conceding his first goal of the season, Hugo was solid throughout and performed some very good saves as well as hi trademark sliding efforts.
Lloris – 8/10, A solid performance despite conceding.
Walker – 7/10, Kyle was good at times but got caught out often.
Vertonghen – 8/10, Jan was consistent throughout.
Dawson – 5/10, Sorry Dawsy. Your poorest game yet.
Rose. – 7/10, Danny got caught out frequently but did push well.
Capoue – 9/10, One of our best today. The injury was unfortunate.
Paulinho – 7/10, Not his best day and got run off the ball throughout.
Chadli – 8/10, The first half he was very skilful, his best game yet.
Townsend – 6/10, He was greedy and wasn’t always a team player.
Dembélé – 5/10, Rarely kept his position and was run off the ball constantly.
Soldado – 6/10, He never won the ball but it wasn’t his fault.
A disappointing game. It’s not the end of the world and the team is still to gel with Christian Eriksen to join the squad still. Hope you’ve enjoyed our spin on events. Join us tomorrow or Tuesday for our Window Review! @TalkingTHFC