Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was staring down the barrel of an unwanted record last night. The Spaniard was in line to become the first-ever Arsenal boss to lose his first three North London derbies.
Thankfully, the boys didn’t let that happen. Arsenal started the game brilliantly, and apart from Erik Lamela’s Hail Mary strike, Tottenham were chasing shadows before the break.
We started the second-half well and got ourselves a fairly fortunate penalty. Alexandre Lacazette didn’t complain, stepped up and buried the ball in the back of the net to give us a very well deserved lead.
Lamela then got himself a red card and it looked like the game was done. All we had to do was keep hold of the ball, make them commit bodies and exploit the space that they would’ve left in search of an equaliser.
In typical Arsenal fashion, we decided to forget everything we know about football. The Gunners struggled to string two passes together and Spurs almost got back into the game. Gabriel Magalhaes almost single-handedly kept them out.
Arsenal deserved the win
Arsenal somehow managed to hold on and took all three points. Spurs will consider themselves unlucky for not taking advantage in the last 15 minutes, but considering how we dominated the game until Lamela’s sending off, we completely deserved the win.
As always after the game, Arteta went onto the pitch to congratulate his players. He was absolutely delighted to get his first derby win and the massive smile on his face showed exactly that.
One picture that really caught Arsenal supporters’ attention involved Cedric Soares and Jose Mourinho. It almost looked like the Arsenal pair were laughing at the Spurs boss, and honestly, we absolutely loved it.