Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal Premier League match from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.
Arsenal goes eight points clear at the top after a 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.
Gil’s cross inside the box is gathered confidently by Ramsdale.
Arsenal subs: IN- Smith-Rowe, Vieira OUT- Nketiah, Odegaard.
Booking: Gabriel Magalhaes sees yellow for time-wasting.
Five added minutes at the end of the second-half!!
Kane finds Son with a brilliant long-range pass. Son makes his way inside the Arsenal box with Perisic on the overlap. Son does release the ball but is nowhere near Perisic. Another attack wasted by Spurs.
Spurs subs: IN- Davies, Gil OUT- Lenglet, Lulusevski
Son’s shot from the freekick is blocked by the Arsenal wall.
Spurs has a freekick in a very good position. One goal now and it would be a nervous ending for Arsenal.
Arsenal sub: IN- Tomiyasu OUT- Zinchenko
Son with a venomous shot at goal but the ball was always rising.
Richarlison ‘s shot is saved brilliantly by Ramsdale. He did really good to hold on to the ball as Kane was lurking nearby. Any sort of a rebound and Kane would have lashed the ball inside the net.
It is evident from Spurs’ play that it still believes that it can salvage something from the match. Every freekick and throw is being taken quickly.
Arsenal sub: IN- Tierney OUT- Martinelli
Odegaard leaves the ball for Xhaka, whose shot was always rising. It is a goalkick for Spurs.
Odegaard is brought down and Arsenal has a freekick right at the edge of the box. It is a great chance for Arsenal to triple its lead.
Spurs subs: IN- Perisic, Bissouma OUT- Sessegnon, Sarr
Kulusevski tries to find a teammate with a deep cross from the right. But the ball beats everyone and goes out of play.
A quickly taken freekick sees Nketiah on the run down the right side of the box.. He tries to shoot low across the face of the goal but the shot is blocked.
Spurs sub: IN- Richarlison OUT- Doherty
Booking: Gabriel Martinelli is the latest player to see a yellow card.
Arsenal with another effective attack that sees the Spurs defence opened up. Martinelli finds Nketiah with a measured pass. Nketiah, again one-on-one with Lloris, shoots at goal but sees his effort saved by the Spurs keeper. That is a big save.
Partey opens the face of his boot and tries to finesse the ball inside the net from quite a long way out. But, he does not catch the shot well and the ball rolls out for a Spurs goalkick.
Kane tries to spin his marker Gabriel inside the box and shoot at Ramsdale’s near post. Gabriel does well to stay with Kane and block his shot.
Son tries to get at the end of a lobbed ball played to him but the pass was too strong. In the end, it is an easy collect for Arsenal keeper Ramsdale.
Xhaka finds Gabriel Martinelli inside the box with a pass. Martinelli shows quick feet to initially hold the ball but is eventually outmuscled.
Spurs with a great chance to counter. Kulusevski charges down the right flank and tries to find Kane inside the box. However, his pass is cut out.
Play resumes after a momentary pause.
Arsenal players want referee Craig Pawson to show Romero a second yellow for his challenge on Xhaka who is currently down on the ground. However, replay suggests that there wasn’t much in the challenge.
Save: Nketiah finds himself in a good position and makes use of it with a shot. It is an easy save for Lloris.
Kane spreads the ball to Kulusevski on the right flank. For a moment, the latter looked like he would cross after cutting in. Instead, he goes for a curler and the effort is not too far away from goal.
Booking: Tottenham’s Pape Matar Sarr sees a yellow card- his first in English football.
Kane threads a good pass to Sessegnon who darts inside the Arsenal box. One-on-one with Ramsdale, he shoots hard and low but Ramsdale makes the save with his feet. Sessegnon beats the ground in frustration. Finally some intent from the home side.
Kulusevski finds Kane with a good pass. Kane, under pressure, does well to direct a powerful shot at the far-post. But, Ramsdale makes a good save to send the ball out for a corner.
Kukusevski cuts in and tries to find the top corner with a curling effort. However, there is too much power in the shot and the ball goes out of play.
Spurs with a positive start in the second-half. Kane gets the ball in a good position near the Arsenal penalty area but cannot keep the ball.
Arsenal starts the second-half with a 2-0 lead against Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.
Arsenal cruising at the break with a 2-0 lead against arch-rival Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.
Save: Hojbjerg with a floating cross inside the Arsenal box and Kane guides the ball towards goal with a glancing header. Ramsdale gets down well to make the save.
Booking: Ryan Sessegnon is shown a yellow card for his reckless challenge on Bukayo Saka.
Two added minutes at the end of the first-half!!
Odegaard’s shot from the freekick hits the Tottenham wall.
Saka comes forward with the ball yet again and this time, Lenglet brings him down to concede the foul. He has been a menace in this first half for Tottenham.
GOOOALLLLL!! ARSENAL DOUBLES ITS LEAD!! ODEGAARD SCORES WITH A BRILLIANT SHOT!! Saka finds himself with the ball again, devoid of any pressure on the right flank. He rolls the ball to Odegaard in the middle. Odegaard has a look and thunders a grounded shot as the ball beats Lloris and rattles the bottom corner of the net.
Booking: Cristian Romero shown the first yellow card of the night for his challenge on Gabriel Martinelli.
Odegaard’s ball inside the box is not bad but does not trouble the Spurs defence. The attack ends with the ball in Lloris’ hands.
Nketiah is brought down by a late challenge and Arsenal has a freekick in a good area. It is a tad bit far for a direct shot but Odegaard can put a good ball inside the Spurs box.
Kane is forced to come down and contribute in defence. Not the ideal place for the forward but such has been the Arsenal pressure
Saka has been a constant threat down the right flank. Everytime he has the ball, he looks likely to create an attacking opportunity for Arsenal. An early ‘man of the match’ contender?
Arteta’s men are maintaining such a compact backline right now. Spurs players trying to find an opening but most of their passes are being cut out or blocked. The Gunners have been impressive in front of a loud Tottenham crowd.
Off the post: Thomas Partey with a rocket of a shot on the volley but the ball rattles the post and comes back into play. That would have been a ‘goal the season’ contender if it went in.
Save: Saka finds Odegaard in space and passes the ball to him. Odegaard takes a shot from distance, which forces a good save from Lloris.
Nketiah flashes a shot across goal from the right side of the penalty area but the Spurs defence is alert enough to block the shot. The home team is really under pressure right now.
Save: Spurs with a chance to grab a quick equaliser. Sessegnon slips a great reverse pass to Son who was onside. Son shoots at goal but Ramsdale comes up with a stunning save.
Lloris own goal: That is actually given as an own goal by Lloris. The Spurs keeper has had a worried opening quarter.
GOOOALLLLL!! ARSENAL TAKES THE LEAD!! SAKA SCORES!! Partey finds Saka on the right flank with a clipped pass. Saka makes his way inside the Spurs box and shoots at goal from the touchline. The shot takes a deflection and creeps past Lloris at his near-post. Lloris got a touch but could not prevent the ball from going inside the net. Poor keeping there from the Tottenham keeper.
The ball hits Partey’s hand, which stops a Spurs counter-attack. Tottenham players wants referee Craig Pawson to show a yellow card but the Arsenal player gets off with a warning.
It has been a lively start to the North London derby with both teams showing clear intent to attack.
Martinelli showed good feet to get away from Kukusevski and makes a good penetrative run inside the Spurs box. He is eventually dispossessed and goes down inside the box. However, he makes no complaint and gets on with the game.
Lloris taking too much time on the ball and Martinelli was on him before he knew it. The pressure allowed Spurs players to crowd the box. The ball falls to Martinelli who finds Nketiah with an improvised pass. Nketiah shoots at goal but Lloris makes the save to atone for his previous error.
Arsenal’s defence was exposed for a while. Sessegnon had a chance to deliver a good cross inside the box. However, his cross is disappointing even thought he had ample time and space.
Kane’s first-time pass looked to find Kulusevski for a moment but Saliba was there to mop up the danger. A good touch by Kane there to make the pass.
Sessegnon with an early charge down the left flank. Ben White is out of position but Partey is there to block Sessegnon’s attempted cross.
The north London derby kicks-off at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
- Tottenham is unbeaten in its last eight Premier League home games against Arsenal (W6 D2).
- Following its 3-1 win at the Emirates in October, Arsenal is looking to complete its first league double over its north London rival, since 2013-14.
- This is the earliest in a calendar year that a north London derby has been played in the Premier League since 1995 when Tottenham won at White Hart Lane 1-0 on January 2nd.
In the 179 meetings between both sides, Arsenal has won 71 matches, compared to Spurs’ 57. Arteta’s men have won three out of the last five league meetings, Spurs winning the other two.
Arsenal won the return fixture 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka scored the goals for the Gunners while Harry Kane scored the only goal for Spurs.
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Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal to prove it has learned the lessons of last season’s disastrous defeat at Tottenham when the Premier League leader visits its north London rival on Sunday.
Although Arsenal powered to a 3-1 victory in the derby in October - making it three wins in the last four meetings -- it is the painful memory of its most recent trip to Tottenham that remains etched in the minds of Arteta’s players.
With just three games remaining last season, Arsenal would have been guaranteed to qualify for the Champions League if it won at fellow top-four contenders Tottenham in May.
Instead, it crumbled to a woeful 3-0 defeat, then lost the next match at Newcastle to allow Tottenham to pip it to fourth place in a collapse that sparked furious criticism of Arteta from frustrated fans.
It was a debacle that could have proved fatal to Arteta’s Arsenal project, but the Spaniard has impressively made amends with his astute leadership during a campaign that has exceeded all expectations.
Arteta believes the bitter taste from last season’s surrender at Tottenham has played a significant role in fuelling Arsenal’s title push.
“That was the result and the performance. There was a lot of things to learn and take from it,” Arteta said.
“We are in a different place now and we have to show we can play the way we want.”
Unbeaten in its last 11 league games, the Gunners find themselves with a golden opportunity to win the title for the first time since Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles reigned supreme in 2004.
With champion Manchester City looking more vulnerable than usual and Liverpool struggling to shake off a season-long funk, Arsenal has seized the initiative in the title race with a remarkable 14 wins from its 17 games.
Arteta’s side is five points clear of second-placed City, who can expect a stern test from in-form Manchester United on Saturday.
A City slip at Old Trafford would open the door for Arsenal to increase their lead over Pep Guardiola’s men.
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