Arsenal have a renewed sense of hope and their supporters are feeling a whole lot better after their team dominated Spurs in the North London Derby. The 3-1 scoreline does not paint the whole picture of how well Mikel Arteta’s team outplayed their opponents. From scoring just 2 goals in the Premier League before the Arsenal vs Tottenham fixture, they more than doubled their goal-scoring tally when they put 3 past their arch-rivals in the first half.’
The poor results against Brentford, Chelsea and Man City saw the North London outfit fail to collect any points. But after a good month with 3 consecutive wins and 9 points, they are back on level terms with the Spurs. Both the London clubs stand at 9th on the Premier League table. The win in the Arsenal vs Tottenham game has to be credited to all the players in red and white, but there were a few who stood out.
Here are 5 Key Arsenal players who were instrumental in the win against Spurs
The Arsenal captain rose to the occasion and there was more to his game than just the goal he scored. The Gabonese striker was quick, sharp and decisive in the attacking plays and also lead the press in the attacking third for his team.
Aubameyang’s name appeared on the scoresheet in the 27th minute and Arsenal supporters will be hoping for him to continue scoring in the following games. The 32-year-old forward has 2 goals to his name so far in the Premier League in 5 appearances. The win against Spurs might have sparked the fire in his belly to be on top of his game for the rest of the season.
Thomas Partey brought his A-game against the Lilywhites and perhaps, played his best match in an Arsenal shirt since making the switch to Emirates. He was strong in midfield, with key passes and reading the game well, the Ghanaian was the primary focal point for his team in their plays and he certainly delivered when it mattered the most.
Last season, Partey was off his form and struggled to get regular game time due to injury concerns. However, if Arsenal can keep the player fit and available throughout this season, he could be one of the biggest assets for Mikel Arteta and his team.
The 20-year-old had a game to remember last weekend. He was a constant threat for the Spurs defenders, always on the lookout for key passes. Saka was never in doubt whenever he was one-v-one against any Tottenham player, coming out on top for most of the time.
His name appeared on the scoresheet in the 34th minute when he scored the third goal for the Gunners. The youngster created the opportunity for the goal himself, charging into the Spurs penalty box and shooting the ball past Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner.
Bukayo Saka is seen as a key player for the club in the coming years. His performance along with his maturity at such a young age is only a glimpse of his true potential. He is the most promising talent in the Premier League right now and hopefully, Mikel Arteta gets the best out of the player.
The young central defender has been criticised by fans and pundits after failing to make his presence felt in the Arsenal defence after his big-money move from Brighton this summer. The English defender was excellent in the Arsenal vs Tottenham game.
Ben White, along with Gabriel Magalhaes, was rock solid in defence and kept the Spurs attacks at bay. Harry Kane was kept quiet for most of the game as he struggled to get past White in search of goals and opportunities. Aerial duels, tackles and pressing, all the attributes were spot on and this performance highlights the fact that there is more to his game than people notice. As the season progresses, he will get plenty of chances to justify his hefty price tag of £50 million and he will prove himself.
Aaron Ramsdale has quickly become the number one choice in between the sticks at Emirates. He is now seen as the first-choice keeper for Mikel Arteta and his performance in the Arsenal vs Tottenham game will only solidify his place in the team.
The young keeper made the switch to Emirates this summer from Sheffield United and was brought in as a back-up for Brend Leno. However, his authority in the penalty box, his attitude and his performances in the recent games have put him above Leno in the pecking order. He rose to the occasion against Spurs, making key interceptions in the box and some great saves. Moreover, the defenders trusted his presence in the penalty box which had been missing in the Gunners’ backline for a long time.
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Mikel Arteta can finally let out a huge sigh of relief after a dreadful start to the season. Perhaps, the players that were brought in this summer are now showing signs of their true potential and maybe, Arsenal are not in such a bad space as they were predicted earlier.
It’s astonishing how quickly things change in football, for a team who had the worst possible start to the season are now slowly getting their grip on climbing up the table. However, despite the thrashing of Spurs, Arsenal fans believe that they need to continue on this good run and get a positive result against Brighton this week.
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