Auba and Laca strike to give Arsenal moral victory over old enemy

Talking Points

Unai Emery kept his undefeated Premier League record against Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a pulsating 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from deadly duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette.

The Spanish coach has now taken charge of three derby clashes against the old enemy from up the Seven Sisters Road and remains unbeaten given that last season he steered his charges to a 4-2 victory at home and snatched a 1-1 draw away from home. Going to Betway you could have and can get up to £30 in free bets as a new customer.

But things didn’t look great for the Gunners with just a minute remaining of the first half in the clash yesterday. By then the visitors had taken a surprise 2-0 lead with strikes from Christian Eriksen and a penalty from Harry Kane. The first goal came after home keeper Bernd Leno could only parry a drive in to the path of the onrushing Danish ace and he had the simplest of tasks to make it 1-0.

Then Arsenal midfield schemer Granit Xhaka must have had a rush of blood to the head given that he lunged in and brought down Heung-min Son in the penalty area — and England forward Kane made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick. Pre match if you had gone to Betway88.com what odds would you have received on the score being 2 – 0 to the Lilywhites at this point in the match.

The Gunners had struggled to find their rhythm and seemed to lack a creative edge in the midfield with three workhorses in the shape of Xhaka, Mattéo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira patrolling the middle of the park. But they managed to find their feet as the first half came to a close and when Lacazette fired in from close range they had something to take in to the interval with the score at 2-1. Emery’s take on the foul that led to the penalty:

“The penalty is really one action that is very disappointing. He worked very well. He played very well. If we won the match maybe we’d speak about the mistakes less.”

The point is a valuable one for both sides but Arsenal will take the draw as a moral victory given that they were trailing 2-0 — and the point gained boosts their chances of grabbing a top four spot which will snare them Champions League football next season. They have lost just one of the opening four top flight games and may well be worth a punt to grab a top four spot — and if you head to Betway you can check out all of the odds for them to do so and much, much more.

Arsenal can now take advantage of the international break before they are in action once more when they head to Vicarage Road to face struggling Watford — and if you go to Betway you will see how they are rated to come away from the clash with the Hornets with a win.

Then it is back to home soil for the Gunners when they host Premier League new boys Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium and do so keen to take advantage of the Birmingham outfit’s topsy-turvy start to life in the top flight. Gunners fans will hope they can overcome Dean Smith’s men – again, go to Betway to check the odds — but only time will tell.