Normally, Tottenham Hotspur would be kicking themselves after a match like this. But this morning, in this season’s second North London Derby, Tottenham would do just enough to hold off Arsenal.
And wouldn’t you know it? Harry Kane is the man on the score sheet. But it should have been more, and Spurs will be the first to tell you that. However, this win sees Tottenham take seven points from United, Liverpool and Arsenal ahead of Tuesday’s UCL clash against Juventus. It’s an important victory, to say the least. But it’s even more important (or impressive) when you realize that players like Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld aren’t fully back in the squad yet.
And yet, Arsenal still could have stolen a point.
After a feeling-them-out sort of first half, where each team didn’t offer much of anything, it’s Tottenham that would come out roaring. From the opening whistle of the half until about the second minute of stoppage time, it was all Spurs. But Alexandre Lacazette, who now takes a back seat to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, would have a couple of crucial chances.
And he’s going to regret at least one of them.
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Yeah, that’s the one. Just about at the death, Lacazette would see this chance go begging. And with it, Arsenal’s chance at a draw. As for Tottenham’s talisman…
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Fortunately for them, Spurs would need only one. The result sees Tottenham climb to third in the table, four points off United, two points ahead of Chelsea and one ahead of Liverpool. But United, Chelsea and Liverpool all have a game in hand on Spurs.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are sixth, six points off the top four and seven back of Tottenham. The race for the top four is far from over, but it’s clear the Gunners have work to do.