Arsenal take north London derby bragging rights with 2-0 win
Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
It was the Gunners first league win over Spurs since 2014.
Before today Arsenal were on their longest ever winless run against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, having drawn four and lost two of the last six matches against them.
First half goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez secured the three points for Arsenal.
Arsenal have now won their opening six home matches to a Premier League season for the first time since 2009/10. They last won their first six at home in 2007/08.
The Gunners have claimed 11 successive Premier League wins at the Emirates. It is their longest winning run at the stadium.
Arsene Wenger’s side are unbeaten in 17 home games in league and cup since a 5-1 loss against Bayern Munich in March (W15, D2).
The result moves Arsenal to within one point of their north London rivals in the Premier League table.
Arsene Wenger was able to recall Shkodran Mustafi to his starting line-up.
And the German was to make a decisive contribution to Arsenal’s win.
Mustafi headed Arsenal into the lead from a Mesut Ozil free kick in the 36th minute. His powerful header went past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris off the inside of the far post.
Lloris has never kept an away Premier League clean sheet against the ‘big six’, conceding 58 goals in 25 matches.
Referee Mike Dean’s decision to award the free-kick and subsequent goal was contentious.
Davinson Sanchez was adjudged to have committed a foul challenge on Alexis Sanchez. From the subsequent free-kick Spurs felt that Mustafi was offside before heading into the net.
Since his Premier League debut in September 2013, Ozil has provided 45 assists, more than any other player in the competition and 21 more than any other Arsenal player in that time.
All three of Mustafi’s Premier League goals have been assisted by Ozil.
Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead five minutes later. The Spurs defence was opened up by a Hector Bellerin through ball to Alexandre Lacazette.
Lacazette played the ball across to Sanchez. He controlled the ball with one touch and with his second fired past Lloris from close range into the roof of the net.
For Sanchez it ended a run of 11 league matches without scoring against the ‘big six’ – his previous goal came against Chelsea in September 2016.
The result continues Tottenham’s poor away league form against teams in last season’s top six under Mauricio Pochettino, (D6, L10), claiming nine points out of a possible 51.
It was also Pochettino’s first defeat in a north London derby. He has now lost five of his past seven London derbies as Spurs boss, as many as he had lost in his previous 18
Spurs have won just two of their previous 33 league games away to Arsenal (D13, L18), winning 3-1 at Highbury in 1993 and 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium in 2010.
Both a clearly unfit Harry Kane and Dele Alli were substituted as Spurs tried to find a way back into the match in the second half against a resolute Arsenal defence.
Before today Kane has scored in all five of his Premier League north London derbies, netting six goals in total, but has now failed to score in eight of his past ten London derbies in the Premier League.
A well deserved win and three points for Arsenal.
Next up for the Gunners is a Europa League trip to Germany to take on FC Koln on Thursday.
Arsenal: Cech 7, Bellerin, Kolasinac 7, Monreal 7, Koscielny 8, Monreal 7, Xhaka 7, Ramsey 6, Ozil 7 (Iwobi), Sanchez, Lacazette 7 (Coquelin)