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Arsenal go 8 points clear



Updated:

January 15, 2023

The North London Derby is one of the most anticipated games in world football. Tottenham vs Arsenal. Conte versus Arteta. And what a game it was. There have been some notable changes for Spurs with Dejan Kulusevski back in Tottenham’s line-up and Richarlision back on the Spurs bench. Spurs clinched a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. While Arsenal drew 0-0 with Newcastle. Tottenham tried with high intensity early in the game to put pressure on Arsenal. The first chance was an Arsenal chance in the 6th minute. Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris spent too long on the ball and was dispossessed. The ball found its way to Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah who capitalized on the opportunity but his effort was well saved by Lloris.

The first goal of the game came in the 13th minute. A lovely ball found its way to Bukayo Saka who found himself one on one with Tottenham full-back Ryan Sessegnon. Saka unleashed a cross that was easily deflected off Sessegnon but it would be Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris who conceded a mistake for the goal. The keeper parried the shot into the back of the net and gave Arsenal the lead. After the first goal, Spurs seemed to have run out of energy and spirit. Tottenham managed to hit back briefly and created a good chance in the 18th minute when Ryan Sessegnon played a clever through ball to Heung-Min Son, who fired a powerful shot. The effort was well saved by Aaron Ramsdale, however. However, Arsenal reacted immediately when Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard fired a poisonous shot in the 21st minute which Hugo Lloris was able to save well.

Arsenal continued to build the pressure, with Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey unleashing a thunderbolt in the 24th minute that bounced off the post before being nervously cleared by Pape Mattar Sarr. A second goal finally came in the 35th minute for Arsenal. Bukayo Saka found himself in a space miles wide on the right. He played an easy pass to Martin Odegaard, who placed an accurate shot past Hugo Lloris who had no chance. Arsenal led 2-0 and Tottenham despaired. A Harry Kane header in the 47th minute gave Spurs a slight glimmer of hope, but the chance was well parried by Aaron Ramsdale. The end of the first half whistle blew and Arsenal crossed while Spurs hadn’t even gotten out of first gear.

The second half started and as expected from a Spurs side this season, they came out much stronger than they had in the first half. Harry Kane unleashed a powerful shot in the 49th minute, which was expertly saved by Aaron Ramsdale as Spurs tried to gain a foothold in the game. Another Spurs chance came shortly after as Ryan Sessegnon found himself in front of goal but Spurs were again thwarted by a superb save from Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Spurs had a lot more chances in the second half when Spurs winger Dejan Kulusevski was in good positions, but his end product just wasn’t good enough and Spurs were able to make the most of their opportunities.

The final whistle blew and Arsenal left Tottenham Hotspur not only with a 0-2 win, but with 3 points. Arsenal are now 8 points clear at the top of the table and have made their first league double against Spurs since the 2013-2014 season. In contrast, Spurs sit in 5th place and 5 points behind Manchester United, who have a game in hand. Overall a tremendous win and opportunity for Arsenal as they continue their fight for the Premier League title. It’s a well-known bad and cowardly performance for Spurs that fans and Antonio Conte are too used to.


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