ANTONIO CONTE had warned Mikel Arteta about Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane being up for a struggle, however 10-man Arsenal clearly weren’t listening. The Tottenham supervisor’s dynamic strike duo made fools of their native rivals with the targets that maintain their Champions League dream alive.
Two video games to go now and just one level in it. Two wins for Arsenal and fourth is theirs, however they face arguably the harder fixtures and the emphatic nature of this defeat might have a long-lasting destructive influence.
Tottenham host battered Burnley on Saturday on a euphoric excessive after this glory, glory night time. Two days later and Arsenal go to rejuvenated Newcastle and not using a single match central defender. Stand in centre again Rob Holding was despatched off final night time so is suspended and Gabriel went off with a nasty wanting hamstring harm whereas England worldwide regarded on from the bench nursing a hamstring drawback of his personal.
They have been overwhelmed by three targets but it surely might have been extra. There have been some debatable refereeing choices, as one would count on in such a high-octane environment and a match that meant a lot, however in the end the very best staff gained.
Tottenham sacked supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo after they suffered an analogous humiliation away to Arsenal in September and whereas there isn’t any such worry for Arteta, the transformation beneath Conte is past examine. The Italian stood and applauded all corners of the bottom as his title rang out within the closing phases. The person of few feelings regarded genuinely touched. Perhaps he’ll keep subsequent season in any case.
Not often has there been such a loud crowd on the pristine new Tottenham floor. However this was totally different. This was the primary time they’d hosted Arsenal with a full stadium following the top of Covid restrictions. Overlook the prospect of a prime 4 spot, this was all about native pleasure and that’s not possible to place a value on.
Spurs FA Cup profitable legend Gary Mabbutt spoke forward of the match how the membership’s supporters would forgive a foul season as long as they beat Arsenal. And the house followers did their bit for the trigger by turning their little nook of north London right into a cauldron of hate for the visiting enemy.
At instances it regarded as if the hype might need unsettled their very own gamers, although as Son acquired a prolonged speaking to for an pointless tussle with defender Holding. Left again Ben Davies was then cautioned for petulant journey of Bukayo Saka and Conte was additionally booked for working down the sideline to protest with referee Tierney.
Sadly, for a few of us, they nonetheless chant the Y phrase louder than another.
However they have been quickly belting out ‘He is one among our personal’ as Kane scored an nearly assured opening purpose. Son gained the twenty second minute penalty as he collapsed beneath the strain of an aerial problem from Cedric that acquired little reviewing by the VAR. Kane duly despatched Aaron Ramsdale the incorrect strategy to rating his twelfth purpose in 17 video games in opposition to the membership he began out at as a boy.
Now they actually settled and Arsenal actually wobbled. Holding acquired the primary of his yellow playing cards for a foul on Son. Their match-up was warming up properly. Few gamers can get beneath the pores and skin of opponents just like the wily Korean, however Holding is skilled sufficient to know to not chew. As a substitute, he used his shoulder to dam off one other Son run and Tierney didn’t hesitate to indicate a second yell and a crimson card.
With out the advantage of forensic tv evaluation it could be honest to see the penalty as smooth and the crimson card harsh. And that was the view of a former Tottenham participant and supervisor I spoke to within the press field at half-time. We additionally agreed Holding was silly and naïve to danger his luck and that the deserves of the referee’s resolution are extra for the rival followers to debate within the pubs, cafes and at work right now.
Regardless of the knowledge of Tierney’s choices, there was just one staff in it now and Tottenham have been two forward simply 5 minutes later, earlier than a shell-shocked Arteta was capable of reorganise his defence. Granit Xhaka dropped right into a three-man defence and it was no shock the purpose got here from a cross.
For under the second time this season – the primary was in opposition to Leeds on Sunday – they conceded from a nook as Rodrigo Bentancur flicked on and Kane stooped to go the bouncing ball over the road from a yard out.
Punch-drunk Arsenal have been hanging on now and blissful to outlive till half-time with out conceding a 3rd. That humiliation got here simply two minutes into the second half. Kane cleverly rolled Gabriel’s problem from behind and the ball broke for Son to aspect foot house earlier than sliding right into a delirious celebration behind the purpose.
Lloris 7, Sanchez 5, Dier 6, Davies 6 (Rodon 82), Emerson 6, Bentancur 7, Hojbjerg 6, Sessegnon 7, Kulusevski 7 (Moiuyra 72), Son 7 (Bergwijn 72), Kane 7. Subs: Winks, Rodon, Gollini, White, Scarlett, Devine, Matthew Craig.
Ramsdale 5, Cedric 4, Holding 4, Gabriel 5 (Tavares 76), Tomiyasu 6, Elneny 6, Xhaka 5, Saka 5, Odegaard 6, Martinelli 6 (Smith Rowe 64), Nketiah 6 (Lacazette 73). Subs: Leno, White, Pepe, Sambi Lokonga, Swanson, Patino.
Paul Tierney 5