Arsenal Vs Spurs: 5 Things We Learned

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Tottenham Hotspur team mates during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on April 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Arsenal travelled to White Hart Lane on Sunday for the final North London Derby of the season. Here are five things we learned from the 2-0 win.

Arsenal were thoroughly awful in the last North London Derby to ever be played at White Hart Lane. With Tottenham Hotspur chasing Chelsea for the title and their visitors vying to keep themselves in the race for the top four, there was plenty to play for on Sunday afternoon. Though, had you simply watched the disinterest and ambivalence of Arsene Wenger’s players, you would never have known.

Here are five things we learned from Spurs’ 2-0 victory.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides second goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on April 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

5. Gabriel Paulista Confirms His Fatal Flaw

When Wenger altered his system to the 3-4-3 that he has implemented in the past four matches, the most intriguing and uncertain positional adaptations were set to be either wing-back and the two wide centre-halves, particularly Gabriel Paulista.

While Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs have all settled in well to the system, none looked as accomplished at their new position as the Brazilian. Gabriel was excellent against Manchester City, strong in the tackle, dominant in the air and willing to commit to challenges in one-on-one situations, even when pulled out wide.

There was a degree of optimism regarding his future after an inconsistent few first years in North London. But against Spurs, he again highlighted his fatal flaw: decision making. For some unfathomable reason, Gabriel chooses to swing his leg as he attempts to tackle Kane in the penalty area, with the Spurs striker going wide, away from goal. Kane goes over, wins the penalty and ends the game. Not good. Not good at all.

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