Football Highlights: Arsenal vs. Tottenham
Arsenal managed to improve its standing in the English soccer Premier League, thanks to a bright victory over Tottenham in a thrilling London derby.
The Gunners’coach Miguel Arteta hoped to take advantage of Tottenham’s mistake and climb higher in the standings. And he was right: during one of the first attacks, Hugo Laurice made a mistake that resulted in an own goal. Arsenal’s superiority was consolidated by striker Martin Edegor, who scored with a magnificent long-range strike.
The Spurs under the management of Antonio Conte tried to get back into the game in the second half, but the Gunners’ goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale made a series of superb saves that rescued the game.
Sunday’s match was the 172nd league match between such teams as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, although only 163 of the previous English Football League matches between them were considered true derbies. Originally, Arsenal was located in Plumstead to the south of the Thames and then moved to North London in 1913. This relocation to Highbury infuriated Tottenham, as they believed it was their territory. That was how North London’s rivalry with its actual neighbors began.
Arsenal has 69 wins against Tottenham’s 55 in their head-to-head encounters in the Football League. However, only five of those victories were achieved in the last 17 meetings (V5 D6 L6).
The Ginners had a confident 3: 1 victory over the Spurs at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season on October 1, 202. As a result, Arsenal hopes to repeat their first double over Tottenham since the season of 2013/14 season, which was also their last away win against the Spurs in the League.
The phrase “watch the gap” became synonymous with Arsenal’s dominance of the league over the Spurs throughout their 21-season run. However, things have changed since then. The Spurs finished six seasons outscoring their rivals in the Premier League standings. Yet, currently, Arsenal is 11 points ahead of the Spurs in the Premier League standings. Furthermore, it played one game less. So, it looks like the season of 2022/23 will again turn the balance in Arsenal’s favor.
Here are some interesting facts:
Arsene Wenger as an Arsenal manager had never finished below the Spurs in the Premier League standings until his last two seasons with the club, including a 14-point deficit in his final season of 2017/18;
The current streak of six consecutive seasons above Arsenal in the English league standings is the Spurs’ longest streak since the late 1960s when they finished nine consecutive First Division campaigns ahead of their rivals from 1959/60 to 1967/68.
From 2002/03 to 2003/04, Arsenal was a dominant force in the North London when it comes to the Premier League standings. It got an average of 1.32 more points than the Spurs over a period of 38 games in April 2004. Tottenham eventually caught up with Arsenal and was ahead of the Gunners most of the time from April 2016 to September 2021.
Since the end of last season, they have been very close to each other in the Premier League – they even had exactly the same average PPG in their previous 38 games (2.08) on October 16. Since then, however, the Spurs were showing poor fitness, and Arsenal’s unbeaten streak continues. In this match, Arsenal’s average PPG over 38 games was 2.21, which was much higher than the Spurs’ (1.87).
As a result, the match was one of the most entertaining since the first season of the English Premier League (1992/93).
The North London derby is the second-highest-scoring joint match in Premier League history (175). It is second only to Arsenal against Liverpool (180) and equal to Liverpool against Spurs (175). Twenty-two of those goals were scored through penalties, which is a record for a single championship game.
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Arsenal Squad: Trossard, the Second-best Goal Scorer
After Gabriel Jesus was injured during the World Cup, Arsenal kept an eye on the transfer market to find a new forward. Leandro Trossard is a versatile player that covers this position until the Brazilian athlete recovers.
Leandro Trossard has already become the second top scorer for Arsenal with 7 goals for the Gunners.
He spoke about his performance and favorite position in an interview for the official Emirates website last Friday.
“I like to be behind the central striker,” the Belgian player said.
“I can also test myself as a winger. I’m comfortable in any of these positions but if I choose, it’s behind the central striker. However, it all depends on the game system.
Thus, the Belgian has shown himself as an effective, versatile player who can cover any position in the attack. He is especially dangerous in the trequartista area where he scored most of his goals from. So, upon his return, Jesus will face tough competition for a place in the lineup. However, perhaps the coach will find a place for both of them in the starting eleven. Either way, we can already witness the rise of a new star.
He was opposed in this match by the legendary Harry Kane. The Spurs and England national team captain scored 14 times for Arsenal, and all of those goals were scored in the Premier League. He is the highest-scoring player in North London derby history, ahead of Bobby Smith and Emmanuel Adebayor (10).
This striker has scored against four Arsenal goalkeepers – David Ospina (three), Petr Cech (four), Bernd Leno (four), and Aaron Ramsdale (three). Nine of them were scored in home games.
Only six players have scored more goals against a single opponent in Premier League history. Kane’s 18 goals against Leicester are slightly behind the competition record set by Alan Shearer against Leeds United (20).
Kane scored 19.7% of his shots in the Premier League against Arsenal. This performance is higher than his average realization rate in the Premier League against all other clubs combined (17.6%).
It was very interesting to watch their encounter.