Player ratings vs Tottenham
Arsenal made it two wins in the space of three days with a much-needed victory over bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.
Goals in either half from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette secured all three points for Mikel Arteta’s side as they had to come from behind after Erik Lamela broke the deadlock after 33 minutes.
This win was achieved without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he was dropped for a discliplinary issue and remained on the bench for the whole 90 minutes.
As expected, Kieran Tierney scored high in the ratings, as did attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe who was unlucky not to mark his return to the starting XI with a goal.
But how did the rest of the team fare?
The Gunners manager faced the media following the Spurs game and the main talking point from his press conference was about an injury to Bukayo Saka.
Saka was on the receiving end of a few rough challenges from Spurs’ players in the early exchanges so there were some suspicions that this may have been the cause of the substitution rather than a tactical change.
And speaking after the match Arteta confirmed this to be the case.
Arsenal risk £90million transfer mistake
Arsenal made a near-£90million transfer mistake with Serge Gnabry that they will be eager to avoid again as they face a similar situation with Folarin Balogun.
An ill-fated loan with West Bromwich Albion and Tony Pulis, allied with limited first-team opportunities at Arsenal, placed doubts in the German’s mind that a long-term role in the first team would become a reality if he stayed.
As such, Gnabry demanded that he be sold, and with a year remaining on his contract, Arsenal had no choice to agree so they could demand a transfer fee.
Odegaard reacts to north London derby win
On his first taste of a north London derby, Martin Odegaard announced himself with his first Premier League goal in Arsenal colours.
It wasn’t the cleanest of strikes as his effort was deflected past Hugo Lloris, but they all count and the Norwegian shared a four-word message on Instagram to delight Gunners fans.
“North London is red!!!!” he wrote underneath a picture of him running off to celebrate.
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The Gunners, who were without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he was left out of the starting line-up due to a disciplinary breach, dominated much of the first half as Emile Smith Rowe and Cedric Soares both saw strikes hit the woodwork.
However, they were behind in the 33rd minute when Erik Lamela, who replaced the injured Heung-Min Son after 19 minutes, produced a spectacular drilled Rabona (33) to beat Bernd Leno and find the bottom corner.
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Georgson could be seen on the Emirates Stadium pitch at half-time briefing Nicolas Pepe before he came on to replace Bukayo Saka.
Pepe had a decent second half performance as Arsenal went on to win the game, and it’s clear that Arteta’s trust in his coaching staff is one reason why the team are beginning to improve in different areas across the pitch.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was expected to start against Tottenham but ended up being dropped to the bench after arriving late to the stadium today.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has previously emphasised that all players should be following the non-negotiables, a set of rules and principles he’s demanded from the squad since becoming Arsenal boss in December 2019.
Aubameyang cut a forlorn figure on the sidelines and had his head down as he arrived at Emirates Stadium, clearly gutted about not being involved from the start.