In the hotly anticipated North London derby, we ran out 2-0 winners against our arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur despite being tagged as the underdogs for the fixture.
We had a goal which was goal, chalked off for a nothing foul by Ozil (which Match of the Day chose not to show) and then we scored a banger thanks to another pinpoint delivery from a free kick by Ozil himself.
The free kick was a result of a foul on Sanchez, Mike Dean adjudging a foul on Alexis as a shirt pull (which it wasn’t funnily enough!). Ozil floated over the perfect ball, and the ONSIDE Mustafi leapt highest to loop the ball over a rooted-to-the-spot Hugo Lloris. Perhaps this was due to his ‘injury’ that kept him from playing for France over the last couple of weeks lol.
Alexis Sanchez then banged in our second before half time to see us with a nice cushion to protect in a tense second half. Spurs went close, but as Ozil was subbed to a standing ovation, Kane and Alli were also subbed, probably as their knocks which kept them out of the England friendlies flared up.
We managed to weather the ‘storm’, Mustafi, Koscielny and Monreal defended like we know they can, and every player deserves credit for the game, everyone played out of their skin.
Arsene Wenger said on the game:
“We never had a minute where we felt we had dropped our focus. Overall, it was a very intense game…”
Meanwhile, Pochettino was graceful in defeat, oh wait, no he wasn’t, he blamed the ref:
“I’m very disappointed because of the result, because of the way that we conceded the goals … The foul wasn’t a foul (yep!), the goal was offside (nope!), if you analyse the game until we conceded the goal, I think the team was doing well (nope!)…”
“I think we were better than them (definite nope!)…” he lied.
Spurs remain a point above us as we look now to European games, they have a game against Dortmund tomorrow while we also prepare to face the Germans with a game against Koln on Thursday night.
We then face Burnley next weekend away from home as we look to continue our revival and slow creep up the league.