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Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham: North London is Red, so is the Premier League

Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham: Player ratings as Gunners cruise to north London derby victory

Partey celebrating his goal

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Final Result: Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham (Partey 20′, G. Jesus 49′, Xhaka 67′) | (Kane (PK) 31′)

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; White (Tomiyasu 89′), Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko (Tierney 73′); Partey (Lokonga 73′), Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard (F. Vieira 80′), Martinelli; Jesus (Nketiah 80′)

I had previewed the North London Derby yesterday and touched on Gabriel Jesus’ comments regarding what was labelled as a very important match for everyone connected with Arsenal. The old enemy had arrived in town, basking in the confidence of still being unbeaten in the Premier League, and also hoping to latch unto their counter attacking style, which proved to be Arsenal’s undoing in their recent defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

Tottenham lined up in the same way you’d expect from Antonio Conte’s teams with three at the back, two wing backs, two dogged central midfielders and a three-pronged attack led by the North London Derby’s top scorer, and pretty much the scourge of Arsenal, Harry Kane. However, it was the home side that began on the ascendancy, with Gabriel Martinelli drilling a goal-bound shot that clipped the post before missing the mark. Despite being on the back foot, Tottenham almost took the lead when Richarlison was clean on goal and didn’t really connect well with his shot but Aaron Ramsdale was on hand to make a great save.

The Gunners took the lead and sent the fans to delirium following some brilliant play on the right. Bukayo Saka connected well with Ben White whose cushioned ball to Thomas Partey was curled first time, leaving Hugo Lloris with no chance in Hell to execute a save.

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Arsenal’s captain, Martin Odegaard, confirmed after the game that Partey’s strike was planned,

“It was a great goal. We knew before the game he was going to be free in those areas and we practised that a lot, to find him in those areas, and he made a great shot. 

“I think he played a great game as well so a lot of credit to him, and of course the team.”

What makes that goal more exciting was the fact that there were 21 passes in the build-up to Partey’s strike, which is the joint-most leading to a goal in the Premier League this season after Fabio Vieira’s strike against Brentford.

The home side’s joy was short lived as Tottenham grabbed an equalizer following yet another error from Gabriel Magalhaes. A through ball in behind the defense putting the Gunners backline in sixes and sevens, and it seemed like they had handled the threat, but a poor clearance brought the ball to Richarlison’s path who guided the ball well in the box before he was scythed down by Gabriel. The ref didn’t need to consult VAR as he pointed to the spot and up stepped Harry Kane.

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Kane becomes the first Premier League player to score 100 away goals

There are some certainties in this life – death, taxes, and Harry Kane scoring in the North London Derby, and he didn’t disappoint, firing down the middle as Ramsdale moved to his right hand side.

Tottenham’s equalizer certainly rocked their hosts and both teams went into the break on a stalemate, with the hopes of controlling the game in the second half. Prior to the ref’s whistle, Kane nodded the ball straight at Ramsdale, while Gabriel Jesus went on a slalom run in the box, leaving some defenders for dead with his silky dribbling skills before firing a shot that was smothered by Lloris.

Arsenal began the second 45 minutes like a house on fire and grabbed a well deserved lead when Saka found a sweet spot in the box and fired a shot that was parried by Lloris to his defender, Cristian Romero’s path. The Argentine unleashed his inner Skhodran Mustafi, dallying on the ball, and in a comical moment, the ball squirmed under Lloris, with the predatory Jesus on hand to smash in his fifth goal of the season to an unguarded net. They all can’t be curlers or headers, and from the rapturous celebrations of the crowd, they certainly didn’t care.

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Fans celebrating the Jesus’ goal (via Arsenal.com)

Jesus had the chance to put the game beyond doubt when he connected with an Oleksandr Zinchenko cross, but his header was far off the mark. He also suffered an injury as he landed awkwardly, but thankfully he shrugged it off. Arsenal’s chances of winning the game received a timely boost when Tottenham’s Emerson Royal received his marching orders for a nasty tackle on Gabriel Martinelli. It didn’t look malicious on first viewing but the VAR replays showed how high the Brazilian defender’s boot was, so the sending off was well deserved.

It was quite ironic, as Martinelli, free off the shackles of Emerson Royal, played a part in the goal that put the game beyond doubt.

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The left winger drifted into the opposition area and was robbed off the ball by Granit Xhaka that wasted no time in smashing in a surface-to-goal piledriver past Lloris to make it 3-1. That goal was the final nail in the Tottenham coffin, tearing up their unbeaten run and solidifying Arsenal’s status as the top team in the land this week, irrespective of what happens in the Manchester Derby today.

Arteta waxed lyrical for his players following the game and touched on the atmosphere the fans have created this season. There is a very special connection between the fans and the players this campaign, and it has spurred the lads on to put amazing performances week in, week out. 

This win puts Arsenal on 21 points, four clear of Manchester City, and we the “neutrals” are hoping that the Manager of the Month for September, Erik Ten Hag, will show up with his boys and do the business at the Etihad. Any result beyond a Manchester City win will be good for world peace.

Next up is Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League on Thursday and these hardworking lads can get a breather before the visit of Liverpool next week Sunday. More on that as the week progresses but at this point in time, it is safe to say that…

North London is Red, so is the Premier League.

Sayonara.

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Arsenal 2-1 Fulham: Gabriel Goes From Zero to Hero

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Pandemonium at the Emirates!!

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Final Result: Arsenal 2-1 Fulham (Odegaard 64′, Gabriel 85′) | (Mitrovic 56′)

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney (Nketiah 61′); Elneny, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard (Holding 90′), Martinelli; Jesus (Tomiyasu 89′)

With Manchester City’s win over Crystal Palace propelling them to first place, Arsenal knew that only a victory against Fulham would keep their 100% record intact and take them back to the summit of the league. The Gunners’ caused wasn’t helped with the fact that there were some injury absences from Thomas Partey (tight thigh) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (sprained knee). Partey missed a considerable chunk of game time last season due to these same thigh issues, so it’s really a concern with the crunch clash against Manchester United in the horizon. However, Arsenal had good squad depth to compensate for the injury absences with the introductions of Kieran Tierney and Mo Elneny.

Fulham arrived at the Emirates in good form as well as going unbeaten, following two draws against Liverpool and Wolves, as well as last gasp win over Brentford, and all eyes were on their talismanic striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic, that had scored three goals in his first three Premier League games. The game also saw ex-Gunner, Bernd Leno, return to a place he once called home, and all eyes were on the big German to see if he could activate his inner Manuel Neuer, as all ex-Arsenal keepers do when they come to the Emirates.

Arsenal had the chance to open the scoring when Martin Odegaard swung in a sumptuous ball for Gabriel Jesus who cushioned a goal-bound chance for Granit Xhaka but the Swiss maverick didn’t connect well with the ball and guided it wide. With Xhaka in a more advanced role this season, we have seen the Swiss midfielder have so many touches in the box, as well as a goal against Leicester and a couple of assists.

The clearest chance of the game occurred late in the first half when Bukayo Saka was clean on goal, but the Fulham shot stopper, Leno, was on hand to make a big save. I know it’s just four games into the new campaign, but Saka hasn’t seemed to kick into the next gear, and we will need him to start firing soon, especially with Nicolas Pepe leaving the club to OGC Nice

Fulham got the first goal against the run of play when Gabriel Magalhaes dallied on the ball in front of his box, got robbed by Mitrovic, who wasted no time in slotting the ball past the onrushing Aaron Ramsdale. It was a terrible goal to concede in all ramifications, bearing in mind that Arsenal was on the ascendancy with Leno making two fine stops from Odegaard and Jesus, but the lads kept pushing and the home fans rallied their players on. The Gunners got the goal their play deserved when Odegaard latched onto Saka’s ball and blasted a shot that deflected off Tosin Adarabioyo’s shin which went past the petulant Leno.

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That goal lifted the spirits of the Arsenal faithful and it was all about going for the kill, but Fulham weren’t pushovers. Fulham almost grabbed an unlikely winner when Ramsdale made an outstanding save from a Mitrovic point blank header, with Ben White blocking the rebound from De Cordova-Reid. Arteta brought on Eddie Nketiah for Tierney, making loads of tactical switches that saw Jesus move to the left, Martinelli to the right and Saka to left back, but eventually he switched back to default mode and the Gunners kept on pressing till they got the breakthrough in the 85th minute. 

Martinelli, whose deliveries left a lot to be desired in the course of the game, swung in a delightful corner that was attacked by William Saliba and Leno. The German goalie came out second best and Gabriel was on hand to side foot the ball into an unguarded net, sending the Emirates to raptures. There was some level of anxiety when the VAR folks did their thing, but in the end, it was given and Arsenal got a vital lead. After what seemed like an eternity of stoppage time, the ref’s whistle was like music to the ears of everyone connected with Arsenal, as sheer elation took center stage, with the Gunners returning to pole position in the Premier League. 

Rewind to last season and Arsenal was just winning their first game of the season against Norwich following their shambolic losses in a row. Oh! How things have changed at the Emirates.

Something is brewing in this Arsenal side and you can see the togetherness of the lads, management and fans. When Saliba scored an unfortunate own goal against Leicester, everyone rallied around him, encouraging him and lifting his spirits, and he went on to have a stellar game. Gabriel is a great player no doubt, but he has these moments when he loses concentration in critical periods, which go unpunished more times than not, but yesterday was different as it was a glaring error that led to a goal. He played like a man on a mission from that moment onwards, with support from everyone around him, and it was really pleasing to see that he turned out to be the man that secured a gritty victory for his side. Kudos to him

The tight Premier League schedule sees Aston Villa and yet another ex-Arsenal goalie, Emiliano Martinez, visit the Emirates, so we can bask on the euphoria of sitting at the summit of the Premier League for yet another week.

Sayonara

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Nurnberg 3-5 Arsenal: Jesus and Mohamed Save the Day!

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Gabriel Jesus celebrating a goal

Match Report – Match Highlights – Post-Match Press Conference

Final Result: Nurnberg 3-5 Arsenal (Geis 24′, Duah 29′, Schleimer 73′ | G. Jesus 47′, 75′, Elneny 54′, Schindler OG. 57′, Handwerker OG. 63′)

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Turner (Okonkwo 68′); Bellerin (Martinelli 46′), P. Mari, Walters (Gabriel 46′), Tierney (Cedric 30′); Sambi Lokonga (Patino 68′), Maitland-Niles (M’Hand 68′), Smith-Rowe (Elneny 46′); Pepe (Jesus 46′), Nketiah (Marquinhos 68′), Nelson (Balogun 68′)

Jesus was expected to start his first Arsenal game, albeit preseason, in yesterday’s trip to Nurnberg in Germany, but Mikel Arteta opted for Eddie Nketiah, that recently extended his contract with the club to lead the line. Reiss Nelson and Nicolas Pepe flanked the young Englishman, while Emile Smith-Rowe played the #10 role with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Albert Sambi Lokonga providing support in the midfield fulcrum. The defense line saw new MLS goalie, Matt Turner, make his debut with Pablo Mari and newbie, Reuell Walters playing in central defense. The full back positions saw Hector Bellerin lead the side while Kieran Tierney made his long-awaited comeback from injury.

Nurnberg drew first blood when Christoph Daferner nodded a point-blank header wide of the mark, as he managed to evade Walters that was supposed to be tight on him. Arsenal garnered their first attack of the attack of the game when Smith-Rowe latched onto Tierney’s cushioned pass and unleashed a curler that was destined for the top corner, but Nurnberg goalie, Christian Mathenia, was on hand to make a good save.

The home side scored the first goal when Johannes Geis was unmarked at the edge of the box and fired a thunderous strike that smashed the underside of the cross bar before creeping in. Turner made an attempt to save the ball but the ferocity of the shot was clearly too much for the American.

Nurnberg’s second goal however, left a lot to be desired. Sambi Lokonga lost possession further up the pitch and Kwadwo Duah used his blistering pace to evade Walters, came clean on goal, with Cedric Soares, who had come on for Tierney after half an hour, out of position. Duah fired a shot from quite some distance and Turner’s reaction was quite slow, as the ball found its way home to the bottom corner. 

With just 29 minutes gone, Nurnberg was two goals to the good, but Arsenal managed to do nothing to trouble Mathenia’s goal for the remainder of the first half, as the Gunners best attempts were some lofted corner kicks from Pepe that was bread and butter for the Nurnberg shot stopper. There was also a moment when Maitland-Niles drilled a cross-shot from the right hand side, but the ball went wide off the mark.

Arteta made four chances after the break, bringing on Mo Elneny for Smith-Rowe, and unleashing all three Gabriels at once – Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli and everyone’s sweetheart, Gabriel Jesus.

With pretty much his first touch of ball, Jesus brought the Gunners back into the game. Picked up a loose ball at the edge of the area, exchanged passes with Nketiah and smashed the life outta the ball past the goalie at his near post. That was stuff made of dreams.

Arsenal got an equalizer from an unlikely source, as Elneny blasted a surface-to-goal cruise missile past Mathenia, which sent the handful of Arsenal supporters in Nurnberg to raptures. Two goals became three when after some intricate passing play, a swung cross which was destined for the head of Jesus was intercepted by Christopher Schindler’s outstretched leg which put the ball past Mathenia in the Nurnberg goal.

Arsenal went into cruise control mode when Nketiah’s shot ricocheted off the cross bar onto Tim Handwerker who suffered the ignominy of yet another own goal all thanks to some pressure from Jesus. This was followed with a fluffy of Arsenal substitutions that saw Arthur Okonkwo, Ismail M’Hand, Flo Balogun, Charlie Patino and new boy, Marquinhos come into the fray. 

A goalmouth scramble in the Arsenal box allowed Lukas Schleimer to peg the Gunners with literally his first touch, after coming on as a sub for the match opener, Geis. Jesus got his brace and put the icing on a well-baked cake when he converted a sleek cross from Martinelli to make it five. 

Five goals are always nice to see from an attacking standpoint, but its quite a concern when you concede three at the other end. In just 45 minutes, Jesus had given the fans a glimpse of what is to come this season, and the fans can’t wait to see him in action again when the Gunners take on Everton in the M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, USA next week Sunday.

We are so grateful to Jesus and Mohamed for saving the day!

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