Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur: North London Derby is an Absolute Nightmare for the Spurs

Arsenal crushed 10-man Tottenham Hotspur at Saturday’s exciting North London Derby in Emirates Stadium. The game featured 7 goals, 5 for Arsenal and 2 for the Spurs, and a red card, as both squads fought for a desperately needed win. Previously losing to Manchester City, this match extended Tottenham’s losing streak to 4 as hopes for the Premier League title are slowly slipping away from them. On the other hand, Arsenal looks to be improving as the year progresses, recovering from a dismal start and rising slowly to the top.

Emmanuel Adebayor, who was previously employed by Arsenal and now plays for the Spurs, gave Tottenham the lead just 10 minutes after the whistle. Adebayor beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to the ball and easily slotted it in to put Tottenham up 1-0. But the nightmare began 8 minutes later, when Adebayor was show a red card and taken off the pitch after a reckless foul on Cazorla. With a man up, Arsenal produced attack after attack, and they finally erased the goal deficit by making it 1-1 within 6 minutes of the booking.

Mertesacker managed to catch Wolcott’s right-wing cross with an unstoppable header that sailed past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and into the top right corner. But it was Lukas Podolski who finally put Arsenal up 3 minutes before the end of the 1st half. Wilshere and Arteta made a few exchanges as they progressed toward they goal and set up the German International perfectly, whose shot flew into the goal despite a slight deflection from Gallas. But Tottenham somehow conceded yet another goal before half time. On the 45th minute, Giroud handled a low cross from Cazorla very well and claimed another for Arsenal despite the large number of defenders in the box. When the whistle was finally blown, Tottenham, down 3-1, marched off to their lockers knowing they were in trouble.

The hour mark saw Cazorla score a 4th for the Gunners. Podolski ran up the left wing and made a nice assist that Cazorla put right by the goalkeeper and into the bottom right corner. But the numerical disadvantage did not stop Tottenham from scoring a second. Gareth Bale, who used Arsenal’s poor defense in his favor, shot the ball past multiple defenders and into the bottom left corner of the net, making it 4-2. On the 90th minute, Walcott added icing to the cake by exploiting Tottenham’s weak defenses and scoring another for Arsenal, ending the game with the score of 5-2.

The North London Derby puts Arsenal ahead of Tottenham, with West Ham the only team separating them. In 6th place, the Gunners currently have 19 points from their 5 wins and 4 losses. Tottenham, which looked to be doing fairly good at the beginning of the season, has dropped to 8th place following today’s match. With a 5-2-5 record, the Spurs currently harbor 17 points, just 2 short of Arsenal. Manchester City currently leads the Premier League with 28 points, followed by Manchester United, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, and Everton.

  • Paulo Salgado

    So what’s your opinion on André Villas Boas? You think he’s the man for the job?

    • André Villas Boas has had a very good career with all of the teams he managed. In Porto, he won the Portuguese Supercup and led them to an undefeated season in Portugal. During that season, Porto had won the Primeira Liga by more than 20 points. In addition to that, under his reign, Porto won the Portuguese Cup and he became the youngest manager to win a European competition when they also won the UEFA Europa League. Chelsea had not flourished as much when he was manager there, though. Chelsea had not done very well and lost to fairly easy opponents such as QPR. Chelsea had eventually left the top 4 in the Premier League after a loss to Everton, and they were knocked out of the League Cup quarter final by Arsenal. Roman Abramovich replaced him with assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo due to Chelsea’s lack of success, and under the new manager, Chelsea went on to win the UEFA Champions League. As for Tottenham, Boas became the first Tottenham manager to win at Old Trafford in 23 years. Although Tottenham is not doing that well this season (currently in 8th), I feel Boas does have the experience to manage Tottenham well. The 5-2 loss to Arsenal was obviously a big setback, but if it won’t happen this season, I see Tottenham possibly in the top 5 next year under Boas.

      • Paulo Salgado

        I am a FC Porto supporter and i worked for the club for some years, so I follow AVB work closely. I guess he is still struggling to get the team play the football he wants. I like his style, but defensively the team is not solid and William Gallas is the picture of it. With Modric and Van der Vaart, the team was far more strong.
        About the Chelsea move, even with so much money involved, I think it was a bad move.

        • You are absolutely right. Tottenham should get better with time, though. When the transfer window opens and they acquire some new players, they should be doing better next season. By the way, what was your job at FC Porto?

          • Paulo Salgado

            At first, I worked in the Communication Department, writing for the club’s website and magazine. After leaving in 2007 to work as Brand Manager, I got back there after 6 months to manage (not coaching) the FC Porto U-15 youth team and to manage the Marketing and PR of the Dragon Force Project (the club’s official football school)