5 Things We Learned From Arsenal 1 - 1 Tottenham


Spurs Are The Real Deal

Mauricio Pochettino has gone about assembling an excellent group of talented individuals at White Hart Lane and it is clear to see that Spurs are going to be a force,

In Hugo Lloris they have a world class goalkeeper, their two centre-backs are potentially hte best pair in the league, the midfield two offer a wonderful shield and the attacking three behind goal-getting Kane all bring different qualities to the table.

There’s been talk of Spurs making the top four but with the league so weak this term and Chelsea seemingly out of the race, don’t rule the Lilywhites out of the hunt for the top two,. The look a lot less Spursy all of a sudden.

 

Arsenal Still Need A Holding Midfielder

People have been saying this for years but the emergence of Francis Coquelin seemed to have quietened down the calls for more steel. However, that will never go away until the Gunners eventually bring in a sturdy and destructive holder.

The issue here and against Bayern Munich is that if Santi Cazorla is pressurised alongside Coquelin he looks massively suspect. So much so here that he was replaced by Mathieu Flamini at half-time.

The Spaniard is a great player but the harrying and energetic nature of Spurs pressing left him looking lost as he gave the ball away with alarmingly regularity. In the big games Arsenal need the option of a powerful player in the centre of the park, at present they do not have that.

 

Dembele Can Be The Difference

Mousa Dembele has been a revelation for Spurs in recent weeks and he continued that excellent form here at the Emirates.

The Belgian has been operating higher up this term and he had responded with three strikes in as many games prior to this capital clash. His power and composure on the ball is exciting and engaging to watch and he gave the midfield two of Arsenal problems all afternoon.

The former Fulham man has been that good that he has forced Christian Eriksen into a wide berth and his form, and perhaps his experience in a young side, could be the catalyst for Tottenham having their best season in years.

 

Dele Alli Is The Future

 

The former MK Dons man is going to be a star, make no mistake about it. He was at the heart of all things good for Spurs and he started endless attacks.

He was pivotal to Tottenham hitting Arsenal on the counter and when they dominated the game in large periods in the second half he was the metronome on which Pochettino’s men built their performance.

Alli is in the England squad once again and he has the swagger of a great player. He could well be a permanent fixture for both club and country for the next decade or so.

 

Ozil Is The King Of The Assist

The German schemer went into this game with five successive assists in consecutive Premier League outings and he ended the game as a new record holder.

Ozil’s cross for Gibbs’ equaliser was sublime and it meant that he became the first player to assist goals in six matches in a row in the top-flight. Impressive stuff.

The Gunners playmaker has been their best performer this year and although he wasn’t at the top of his game he was one of Arsenal’s better players in a game in which they were second best for 80 minutes.